Issue No. 14, Article 7/June 26, 2009
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.
There were widespread thunderstorms, some severe, throughout the region on Friday, June 19, with additional precipitation on Sunday, June 21. Total precipitation amounts varied widely, with some areas in Ogle County reporting over 5 inches and Winnebago County areas reporting over 3 inches. The DeKalb research farm reported about 0.7 inch, but other areas of DeKalb County received over 1.5 inches. Corn and soybeans in the region certainly have responded to the sunny, hot, weather that began Monday and continues.
Major activities have been postemergence herbicide application on corn and, early in the week, sidedressing nitrogen. Some producers have been struggling with alfalfa harvest due to the wet conditions.
Just a reminder that the next session of the 2009 Crops Training Center summer program will be Monday, July 6, from 9:00 am to noon at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center, Shabbona. The session will focus on sprayer technology and crop pest updates. Presenters will include Scott Bretthauer, University of Illinois Extension specialist, and area extension educators. The cost is $30 per person, or $40 for walk-in registration. Preregistration is requested by July 1; contact Greg Clark, email@example.com, Whiteside County Extension Unit, 815-772-4075. Certified Crop Adviser CEUs have been applied for.
The rain has finally stopped, and with temperatures in the mid-90s, things are beginning to dry out a bit. Growers are trying to get caught up by planting soybean, harvesting wheat, and planting double-crop soybean. Any thoughts of trying to plant and/or replant corn are probably at an end unless the crop can be used as silage. Corn is beginning to take on a darker green color as soils dry and become better aerated.