Issue No. 23, Article 10/October 5, 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.
Area-wide harvest throughout the northern region began about September 20. Corn yields reported to date have ranged from 180 to 220 bu/A or more. Corn harvest completion ranges from about 80% or more in some southern areas of the region to 20% in the northern third of the region.
Most soybean yields reported have ranged from 45 bu/A to the 50 bu/A. Soybean sudden death syndrome certainly contributed to less-than-expected soybean yields.
Winter wheat seeding has been occurring but has recently slowed down in some areas due to scattered precipitation.