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.
Fertilizer application and tillage work have occurred minimally in scattered locations throughout the area during the last few weeks. Also, producers have taken advantage of the field conditions by seeding oats and alfalfa. However, the snow/rain that was received March 31 and April 1 will slow fieldwork, possibly for the rest of the week.
Several Extension educators have black cutworm moth traps scattered throughout the area. We intend to report any "intense" captures in northern Illinois in future issues of the Bulletin.