Issue No. 20, Article 7/August 8, 2008
Extension center educators, unit educators, and unit assistants in northern, west-central, east-central, and southern Illinois prepare regional reports to provide more localized insight into pest situations and crop conditions in Illinois. The reports will keep you up to date on situations in field and forage crops as they develop throughout the season. The regions have been defined broadly to include the agricultural statistics districts as designated by the Illinois Agricultural Statistics Service, with slight modifications:
- North (Northwest and Northeast districts, plus Stark and Marshall counties)
- West-central (West and West Southwest districts, and Peoria, Woodford, Tazewell, Mason, Menard, and Logan counties from the Central district)
- East-central (East and East Southeast districts [except Marion, Clay, Richland, and Lawrence counties], McLean, DeWitt, and Macon counties from the Central district)
- South (Southwest and Southeast districts, and Marion, Clay, Richland, and Lawrence counties from the East Southeast district)
We hope these reports will provide additional benefits for staying current as the season progresses.
Pollination on the latest-planted corn should begin during the upcoming week, and double-crop soybeans should be approaching R-2. Continued timely rainfall has kept both crops from experiencing any stress from moisture deficit, although in some areas there may be stress from a moisture surplus. Corn yield prospects are looking much more favorable than one might have anticipated from mid-June plantings, while soybean yield potential is still largely a guess.
Delayed herbicide applications on some soybean fields have resulted in extremely poor weed control.