Issue No. 22, Article 8/September 7, 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.
Corn silage harvest is underway in the northern region. The August 23 storm and high winds that went through parts of Knox County and neighboring counties flattened significant acres of corn.
Soybean sudden death syndrome (SDS) is widespread and very evident throughout the region.
Corn harvest has started around the region, with a bang. Corn fields in the eastern part of the region were below 20% moisture, and harvest started last week. Fields in the Macomb and Quincy areas are around 18% to 22% moisture, and growers started harvesting corn over the holiday weekend. Most growers are pleased with preliminary yield reports, even in the drier areas around Quincy. Early yield reports range from 140 to 160 bushels per acre in the Quincy area and around 200 in areas receiving more timely rainfall. However, some reports of poor ear fill are showing up.
Soybeans are maturing rapidly. Growth stages range from R6 to R7, and leaves have been senescing in many fields. The jury is out on soybean yield as we wait to see if rainfall was sufficient to fill beans in pods.
Pasture growth is still non-existent around the area.