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.
Not much to report this week other than ample rains have fallen across the area with some areas receiving ideal amounts and others, heavy rain, adding to the problems that all other heavy rains have created.
All has been relatively quiet on the insect front this past week, and not much activity is expected this coming week.
With the wet field conditions, disease problems in corn and soybeans continue to develop and magnify.
Heavy rainfall fell in some areas, causing flooding in low-lying areas.
Nitrogen deficiency is showing up in some cornfields.
Corn is in silking stage in many fields and growing rapidly.
Soybeans are entering reproductive stages and growing rapidly. Septoria brown spot is evident in many fields.
Some soybean fields show heavy weed pressure. Herbicide application is needed very soon.
Wheat harvest is almost complete, with excellent yields reported.
Potato leafhopper populations are increasing rapidly in alfalfa fields following second cutting.