Issue No. 1, Article 10/March 16, 2005
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 provideadditional benefits for staying currentas the season progresses.
Much of the region has finally dried out enough to allow fieldwork to begin. Some tillage is being done, as well as anhydrous ammonia applications and broadcast P and K. Winter wheat has greened up, but its condition is variable across the region. Much of the wheat nitrogen has been nitrogen applied in the past 2 weeks. Fields with poor surface drainage have suffered extensive damage, have numerous dead areas, and may be abandoned. Fields with adequate surface drainage faired better, but good-to-excellent fields are few and far between.