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. Rainfall throughout the region over the weekend and Tuesday has slowed corn harvest. Corn harvest throughout the northern Illinois region ranges from 90% complete in the south to about 70% complete in the northern half of the region. Yields are variable as always. For example, Gary Brethauer, Kendall County Extension, reports confirmed corn yields from 40 bushels per acre to nearly 200 bushels per acre for Kendall County. Jim Morrison, Rockford Extension Center, reported an average of 211 bushels per acre for the JoDaviess County corn plot and a range of 166 to 212 bushels per acre for conventional hybrids in several specialty corn hybrid plots.
Soybean Cyst Nematode Screening Clinics/Rootworm Injury in First-Year Corn Discussions, sponsored by U of I Extension, have been scheduled for November 18 in LaSalle County, November 19 in Marshall County, and November 21 in McHenry County. Interested participants are encouraged to contact the host Extension unit office for program locations and times.