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.
Problems with performance of rootworm soil insecticides are still being reported.
Beneficial rains have fallen the last few days, putting more yield in the bin for both corn and soybeans.
Hot, humid weather has been the rule the past few days, and producers need to monitor for the presence of gray leaf spot in corn.
Rain continues to fall in most areas of the region, allowing the crops to continue to be essentially stress free since the very early stages of growth. Reports of a huge crop seem accurate at this time.
Problems, such as SDS and brown spot in soybean and GLS in corn, continue to be observed. Yield reductions should, however, be minor.
Effects of soil compaction are evident in some fields. Tillage in wet soils should be avoided.
Alfalfa hay harvest continues to be a challenge. Last regular harvest should come off no later than September 10 in central Illinois.
University of Illinois Field Day on the Urbana campus is August 24, with tours beginning at 7 a.m.