Issue No. 25, Article 6/December 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.
The 2007 growing season in southern Illinois could have been better in several respects. More rain and less heat would have greatly helped crop production.
The 2007 harvest season, however, was nearly perfect. Crops were harvested early and in a timely manner. Growers took advantage of the good conditions for fall tillage and herbicide and fertilizer applications.
Most wheat fields are well established and look good to excellent. Very few pest or agronomic problems have been noted. Hay availability continues to be a significant concern for dairy and livestock producers.
Many growers have expressed concerns about rising crop input costs. Remember to place the Crop Protection Technology Conference and the Corn and Soybean Classic on your 2008 calendar. Thanks for reading the Bulletin.