Issue No. 16, Article 7/July 13, 2007
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.
We are still enjoying good growing conditions in many areas. Most corn and soybeans look good to excellent. Early corn pollination checks appear favorable, and soybeans are setting pods. Another rain event would be helpful.
Insect problems consist of Japanese beetles, and some fields are receiving insecticide applications. Fungicides are being applied to both corn and soybeansalthough not to a majority of the acres.
Remember the University of Illinois Brownstown Agronomy Research Center Field Day, July 26, 2007. Tours begin at 9 a.m., with the last tour leaving at 9:30 a.m. Lunch provided.