Lawrenceville Daily Record

Wheat crop condition good



Most of Illinois winter wheat crop is in good shape, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The USDA reported 64 percent of the crop seeded in the fall is in good condition. Another 11 percent is rated as excellent.
Sixteen percent is in fair condition, while 7 percent is rated poor and 2 percent is rated very poor.
Farmers seeded an estimated at 860,000 acres for harvest last fall, up 2.4 percent from 2022. Earlier in the year, they harvested an estimated 780,000 acres for grain, up 39 percent from 2022.
The wheat yield is estimated at 87 bushels per acre, up 8 bushels per acre from 2022. Production is estimated at 67.9 million bushels, up 53 percent.
All wheat stocks in all positions totaled 30.8 million bushels on March 1, up 59 percent from a year earlier. On-farm stocks totaled 2.5 million bushels, while off-farm stocks totaled 28.3 million bushels.
Meanwhile, state corn growers intend to plant 10.9 million acres this year, down 3 percent from 2023. Soybean planted area is expected to total 10.5 million acres, up 1 percent from the previous year.
Corn stocks in all positions totaled 1.48 billion bushels, up 11 percent. On-farm stocks totaled 780 million bushels, while off-farm stocks totaled 704 million bushels.
Bean stocks in all positions totaled 333 million bushels, up 23 percent. On-farm stocks totaled 170 million bushels, while off-farm stocks totaled 163 million bushels. Meanwhile, state corn growers intend to plant 10.9 million acres this year, down 3 percent from 2023.
For the month of March, statewide, the average temperature was 45.7 degrees, 6.1 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 1.87 inches, .42 inches below normal.
Topsoil moisture supply was rated 6 percent very short, 38 percent short, 53 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus.
Subsoil moisture supply was rated 14 percent very short, 31 percent short, 53 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus.