Issue No. 25, Article 4/December 9, 2005
Many producers took advantage of the early harvest and favorable fall conditions to complete a majority of their fall tillage. Dry fertilizer applications and lime spreaders were busy for much of the fall. Producers weary of volatile fuel and fertilizer prices may be holding out until spring.
According to Mike Roegge, University of Illinois Extension Crops Systems Educator in Adams and Brown counties, soil moisture remains low down to 5 feet as tiling installers and construction projects reach the sub soils levels.
The wheat appears to be in good condition going into the winter. Most fields were planted near the fly-free dates and have developed ample root systems and top growth for overwintering.
Soil moisture conditions improved for some of the area during late November when 1 to 3 inches of rain fell in some parts. This left drainage ditches full and water standing in poorly drained areas of some fields.