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Issue No. 19/August 13, 2010

Twospotted Spider Mites Emerge in Some Dry Areas of Illinois
Reports of spotty infestations of twospotted spider mites are surfacing in some Illinois areas, and problems may intensify as the hot, dry weather continues.

Charcoal Rot Appearing on Soybean in Dry Areas of Southern Illinois
Wilted or dead soybean plants may be a sign of charcoal rot, which thrives in hot and dry weather.

Good Root Systems May Prove Important As Soybean Seeds Fill in The Heat
The R5 growth period of beginning seed to full seed is a critical time for avoiding plant stresses. Check root health by digging roots in areas that show more or less drought stress.

Corn to the Finish Line: Racing or Collapsing?
Though early planting and rapid development of the Illinois corn crop have helped it in general this year, 2010 has not been without its challenges.

Regional Reports
Reports are provided this issue for northern, southern, and west-central Illinois.