Issue No. 24, Article 7/November 3, 2006
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.
Corn harvest continues in most areas of the northern region, with the southern third about 90% or more complete and the remainder varying from 60% to 80% complete. A large majority of cornfields have yielded from 180 to 200-plus bushels per acre. Disease resistance and stalk strength are certainly variable among the hybrids this year. Stalk rot problem fields are still evident and are slowing down harvest completion.
Soybean harvest is over 95% complete, with most fields yielding between 45 and 60 bushels per acre. Overall soybean yields may be the highest in the northern region for nearly 10 years or more.
The majority of the seeded wheat has emerged, and 2007 wheat acreage may be higher than 2006's.