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.
Soybean harvest is complete, for all practical purposes, across northern Illinois. Average yields have been reported, but yields were particularly disappointing in areas that received adequate rainfall throughout the growing season.
Corn harvest has reached about 85% completion overall, with the northwest and northeast corners of the state only averaging about 70% harvested. As always, yields have been variable due to the differences in summer rainfall patterns. Poor stalk quality, although not as widespread as last year, has been observed throughout the region, which has slowed some harvest progress.
Limited anhydrous ammonia application started late last week, but application activity is more widespread this week.
A better-than-expected harvest is complete. Corn yields were average to a little above average, and soybean yields were reported to be average.
Heavy rains the last part of October prevented much nitrogen application or tillage. However, with much improved soil conditions now, those activities have begun once again.
Some tile repair and drainage work are also being completed.
Very little wheat was planted in the region. Acres will probably be down from last year.
Plans are being made for the 2002 crop.