The winter wheat harvest in Illinois is nearing completion, with the majority of the record-breaking crop safely stored in bins across the state. As of July 10, farmers had harvested 88% of the wheat, in line with the five-year average and just three points behind last year's pace, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service Illinois field office.
Despite occasional rain delays, farmers managed to harvest 75% of the wheat crop within a three-week period from June 19 to July 10. The remaining wheat activity is concentrated in the northern half of the state, which is typical for this time of year.
Farmers in various regions have reported good yields and test weights, exceeding initial expectations. USDA estimates the average wheat yield in Illinois this season to be 84 bushels per acre, surpassing last year's record by 5 bushels. Total wheat production in the state is projected to reach 65.5 million bushels, a 48% increase from 2022.
Concerns arose earlier due to the development of drought conditions in May and June, particularly regarding planting double-crop beans after wheat. However, timely rainfall in recent weeks has provided relief, enabling farmers to plant and successfully establish the beans.
The progress is reflected in the completion of 67% of the second cutting of alfalfa and 3% of the third cutting. These numbers are ahead of the average pace, indicating positive conditions for hay production.
The record wheat harvest in Illinois is a testament to the resilience and adaptability of farmers who have managed to overcome challenges and achieve remarkable results.Source : illinoisagconnection