(SPRINGFIELD) In yesterday’s USDA Crop Report, widespread rain fell across Illinois last week as there were only 3.9 days on average suitable for fieldwork. The statewide average precipitation for last week was 3.18 inches, 2.55 inches above normal. Last week’s average temperature in Illinois was 73.3 degrees, 3.0 degrees above normal. As of this past Sunday, 4% of the state’s corn crop had been harvested with 56% rated mature, compared to the five-year average of 29%. The state’s soybean crop is maturing far ahead of last year and the five-year average, with 75% of the beans coloring and 37% now dropping leaves. Farmers in our ten county region report about 2% of the local corn crop had been shelled through the end of last week before the heavy rains came and that the rains pretty much destroyed hundreds of acres of bottom land corn and soybeans. Otherwise most all other area crops are still in pretty good conditions as farmers now wait on a dry down. Everyone is still reminded to think “safety first” as the 2018 fall harvest is underway.