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Issue No. 13, Article 8/June 18, 2004

Regional Reports

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.

Northern Illinois

Precipitation late last week ranged from 1.0 to 5.0 inches throughout the region, with heavier amounts generally in the northeast area.

Activities this week have focused on finishing soybean planting, applying postemergence soybean herbicide, and some replanting.

Gary Bretthauer, a Kendall County Extension educator, reports that some wheat acres were treated for armyworm infestation in Kendall County.

Just a remindermany county Extension unit offices in the northern region will be hosting the Soybean Rust: Issues and Facts teleconference, which is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to noon on June 29. If you are interested in attending, contact your county Extension unit office for registration and to confirm program availability.

Southern Illinois

Wheat harvest has progressed sporadically for the past week as producers work around localized rain showers and wait for grain moistures to reach acceptable levels. Yield reports thus far have been in the mid-50s, with test weight around 56 pounds. Heavy thunderstorms moved through the region Wednesday morning that will shut things down for a few days and potentially reduce grain quality.

Early-planted corn is rapidly approaching tassel emergence, just in time to coincide with the emergence of Japanese beetles. Producers should carefully monitor the earliest pollinating fields for the presence of silk clipping. Some of the corn that suffered from earlier water damage is regaining a green color but remains stunted and behind the drier parts of the field.

Full-season soybean is now either planted or replanted, and double cropping has started. Fields are finally beginning to turn a darker shade of green as soils dry and nodules become more active. Soil moisture will be adequate for establishment of the double crop.

Yellow field pea has reached maturity and will soon be ready to harvest. It will be interesting to hear reports on what this crop actually yields in southern Illinois.

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