(SPRINGFIELD) Yesterday’s USDA Crop Report shows there were 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork around the state last week. The statewide average precipitation was 1.55 inches, just over eight tenths of an inch (0.81) above normal. Last week’s average temperature in Illinois was 68.1 degrees, 9.7 degrees above normal. As of Sunday, 63% of the state’s corn had been shelled, 51% of the state’s soybeans had been cut, and 54% of Illinois’ sorghum crop had been harvested, all statistics that are ahead of year ago and five-year harvest numbers. Farmers in our ten area downstate counties report pretty much the same with at least two thirds of the local corn and over a half of the local beans harvested as of Sunday. Some winter wheat has been planted. Farmers are reminded to continue thinking “safety first” as the 2018 fall harvest rolls on.