Regional Reports

June 23, 2000
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.

Northern Illinois

All is pretty much quiet on the insect front. Leafhopper activity on second-cutting hay has been minimal in plots swept in Stephenson County last week. Highest number of leafhoppers reached in any plot swept was less than 1/2 threshold for alfalfa greater than 12 inches in height. Second cutting in plots will be taken off at the end of this week. Individuals with late-cut first-crop hay need to monitor the leafhopper situation carefully.

Water from flooded streams and rivers is dropping, but thousands of acres of crops have been ruined. Many of the flooded acres will most likely not be replanted due to the limited growing season that will be left when the soils finally dry enough to support equipment.

Wet, flooded, waterlogged soils are creating nightmares for postappli-cation of herbicides, especially for soybeans.

On a more positive note, the wheat crop is starting to turn, and it looks pretty good from windshield observations.

Crops are entering a rapid growth stage and with plenty of moisture should increase in height substantially this next week if temperatures stay warm.

Hay-making window has been limited with rains occurring every few days.

All observations point to a very limited first-generation corn borer moth flight. Wonder what insect will create the problem later on?

West-Central Illinois

Significant rainfall was recorded in most parts of the region.

Corn and soybeans are growing rapidly.

Wheat harvest has started in the region.

Soybean seedling diseases continue to be reported in some fields.