(SPRINGFIELD) In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report, there were 5.1 days suitable on average for fieldwork last week in Illinois. The statewide average precipitation was 1.54 inches, just over seven tenths of an inch (0.73) above normal. Last week’s average temperature around the state was 76.4 degrees, 3.5 degrees above normal. As of this past Sunday, 1% of the state’s corn crop had been shelled, with 36% rated mature and 90% dented. 49% of the Illinois soybean crop is coloring with 16% now dropping leaves and 96% of the state’s sorghum crop has headed with 81% coloring and 36% now mature. Here in our ten county area surrounding Olney/Newton, farmers report the local corn and soybean crops are still rated between 70% and 80% in good to excellent condition with some regional corn harvesting now underway. As always, we remind all area farmers and their workers to think “safety first” as the 2018 fall harvest is getting started.