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Issue No. 4, Article 6/April 18, 2008

Regional Reports

Northern Illinois

Most areas in the region received 2 to 2.5 inches or more of rainfall last week, with some light snow flurries on April 12. The report for the region is similar to that of the last three weekswet soil conditions and no field activities. Temperatures are expected to warm up significantly by week's end, which will help dry out waterlogged fields. There have been no reports of black cutworm moth captures in traps monitored by Extension educators.

Southern Illinois

Fieldwork still hasn't started due to wet soil conditions. No sooner does the surface start to dry than more showers come through. Henbit and purple deadnettle are in full bloom, making attractive egg-laying sites for black cutworm moths.

Wheat is at Feeke's 6 growth stage. Overall it appears in excellent condition considering the amount of rainfall this spring. Fields with poor surface or internal drainage are showing the effects of excess water, with low-lying areas turning yellow, but most fields have good color and growth. No obvious diseases are present at this time, but winter annual weeds are prevalent and wet conditions have delayed the applications of herbicides to control them.

Alfalfa growth remains slow due to cool conditions.

West-Central Illinois

There has not been much progress in the west central region. Only a very few fields of corn have been planted, mostly near Macomb.

Wheat is around Feekes 4 and 5. Most nitrogen has been applied by air, but a few ground rigs have been able to get going in the last few days.

Pastures are very slow to get growing. We need some heat. Bare-ground soil temperatures at the 2-inch level are in the low to mid-40s.

On the eastern side of the region, some spring anhydrous was starting to be applied in the river bottoms on April 15.

Everything seems to be about 10 days to 2 weeks behind the norm for our region. Warmer weather is predicted, but more rain is in the forecast as well.

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