Issue No. 22, Article 6/September 24, 2010
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.
Completion of corn harvest varies, with about 10% complete in the northern half and nearly 30% in the southern portion of the region. Most corn moisture levels have been running 18% to 20%. To date, yields have been variable, from 150 to more than 210+ bushels an acre, but generally they have been good.
Soybean harvest is about 10% to 15% complete, also with variable yields. Limited reports have noted yields from 50 to nearly 70 bushels an acre.