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.
Overall, corn emergence has been uniform throughout the region, with the warmer temperatures last week helping to improve plant color. As mentioned in earlier issues, since early April Extension personnel and volunteer cooperators have been monitoring 20 black cutworm moth traps. To date, very few moths have been caught, and only one intense capture has been reported over the past 7 weeks.
Field activity the past week has focused on soybean planting and corn postemergence herbicide application. Soybean planting is estimated at 80%-plus complete.