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.
Spring field activity has been minimal throughout the area.
Growers are encouraged to inspect winter wheat and alfalfa for winter survival, considering there was little snow cover during the majority of the winter season. Generally 15 to 20 wheat plants per square foot and 40 alfalfa stems per square foot are needed to justify maintaining the stand. Winter wheat and alfalfa have only recently greened up, and a few initial reports indicate winter survival was good.
Several Extension educators have black cutworm moth traps scattered throughout the region. We will report any "intense" captures in northern Illinois in future issues.