Issue No. 24, Article 6/November 5, 2004
According to the Illinois Agricultural Statistics Service, as of October 31, 68% of the corn crop and 77% of the soybeans have been harvested in the northwest and northeast Illinois crop-reporting districts. However, there are some areas within the northern region that do not approach this level of harvest completion. Reports from several individuals suggest only 25% of the corn crop has been harvested in the Freeport to Rockford area as of November 1. Frequent rainfall during the past few weeks has periodically slowed corn harvest. Corn lodging in some remaining fields due to stalk rot and rootworm larvae feeding has been an issue. Windy conditions on October 30 certainly highlighted fields that have high infestation levels of stalk rot.
Soybean harvest has been minimal over the past 3 weeks due to rainfall and humidity. The widespread rainfall received throughout the region on November 1 will again delay soybean harvest. However, soybean yields have generally been the highest producers have experienced for a number of years.