Issue No. 13, Article 9/June 17, 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 provide additional benefits for staying current as the season progresses.
Dry conditions continue for much of southern Illinois. Scattered showers brought 1/2 inch rain over a wide area. Some locations along the rivers and in Franklin County received 2 inches or more. Moderate temperatures are helping.
Corn and soybeans look fair to excellent depending on location. Advanced corn is V10+, and advanced soybeans are V4+.
Wheat is ripe, and some high-moisture harvest is starting. Most wheat harvest will be done next week, conditions permitting.