First Illinois crop report of October 2022 shows harvest is underway. The crop report, generated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDOA), is based on agricultural conditions from all regions of Illinois. It concentrates on conditions as of Sunday, October 2, in the fields used to grow corn and soybeans.
Most of the fields used to grow Illinois’ top two cash crops were in good to excellent condition as the harvest season got underway. Corn was 69% good-to-excellent, and beans were 67% good-to-excellent. Thirteen percent of Illinois’ field corn had been harvested as of the first weekend in October, and harvest machinery had taken up 10% of Illinois’ soybeans. Comparatively dry soil conditions were continuing to create good harvest machinery conditions.