A string of unseasonably warm weather came to an abrupt hault over the weekend as the final crop report of the season noted a continuation of dry weather.
Crop Statistician Mark Schluessner notes things were cool and dry with some places in northern Illinois receiving some rain while topsoil moisture conditions continue to decline.
Winter wheat is 98 percent emerged, remaining ahead of the regular pace. Schluessner notes crop conditions declined in the last week.
Farmers are receiving several annual surveys that Schluessner stresses are confidential by law.