Region Updates

Region 2
09/15/2023, Woodford
Karen Corrigan

I’ve seen one field of corn in Tazwell County with the end rows taken off. Moisture test in early planted corn in McLean County at 20%. Harvest is slow between Springfield and Jacksonville. Farmers are trying to be patient and allow field drying but it is slow. Many harvesting just enough to stay with drying capacity. Yields 10-30% off normal. Older farmers who have farmed through 1988 are amazed at yields on 10” of rain that mostly came in 2 storms. Input prices for 2024 look better. 2023 will be the first break even year for some younger farmers.

 
Region 2
09/08/2023, United States
Karen Corrigan

Woodford County, IL is currently not on the drought monitor for the week. Most of the rest of Central IL is abnormally dry.
Combines are rolling about an hour south of here. Some fields gave up on life as opposed to maturing.

 
Region 2
08/29/2023, McLean and Woodford
Karen Corrigan

Crops in McLean and Woodford County faired better in last week’s heat than other areas. Moisture would be helpful to get through next week’s return of heat.

Crops in areas with less moisture haven’t matured as much as give up on life after the heat. Shanks have weakened, dropping ears, and ceasing grain fill. Black layers showed up in fields unexpectedly.

 
Region 2
08/18/2023, Woodford
Karen Corrigan

Soybeans have potential. Lots of pods, mostly 3 beans each.
Corn is very variable. You name it- it’s out there. Great ears. Short ears. Normal ears. Unpollinated ears. No ears. Tipped back ears. Next week and the high temperatures are a concern. The corn has been repeatedly stressed. Will it actually reach maturity or just up and die? Probably some of both.

 
Region 2
08/10/2023, Out of state
Karen Corrigan

Traveled through eastern North Dakota, east central Minnesota and north central Iowa this week. Definitely started where it was the worst and drove to where it was better. North Dakota has the gray shade of death to the corn. Soybeans are ankle to shin high, not a lot of nodes to pull normal yields. Normal yields are 40-50 bushels per acre. More sunflowers around Prosper than I’ve seen in several years. East central Minnesota was greener but very uneven corn fields. Beans were about knee high and with the rain last weekend have some hope. This area went from heading towards preventative plant to planted very quickly this spring. Expecting 30-40 bushels below APH on corn. North central Iowa has had the best looking crop I’ve seen this week. Could use some rain to finish well. Expecting a good crop for corn and beans but not great.

 
Region 2
07/14/2023, Woodford
Karen Corrigan

Many corn fields are pollinating in the area. A few of the later planted fields are very uneven.
Soybeans are closing the rows in most fields. Some taller waterhemp above the canopy.
Wheat was harvested this week.

 
Region 2
07/13/2023, Mercer
Kelsey Litchfield

Since June 29th, our area has received about 7 inches of rain; however, we are still in a moderate drought. Crops are in the reproductive stage. Corn height in fields is all over the place.

 
Region 2
07/06/2023, LaSalle
Karen Corrigan

Corn is tasseling in some fields. Uneven fields have a few tassels here and there. Judging the appropriate time for fungicides in the uneven fields will be an issue. In my opinion later is better than earlier. Be judicious on additives with the fungicides which can cause more issues with crop injury.
Soybeans are getting closer to closing the canopy. The recent rains will germinate some weeds. Read the label before attempting late herbicide applications.

 
Region 2
06/30/2023, Woodford/Tazwell
Karen Corrigan

This week started with drought and wildfire smoke and ended with ponds in the field. Southern Woodford County had 2.5 inches of rain over two separate storms a few hours apart. The first storm was in the overnight hours and had small hail. The second storm was an intense downpour. We were lucky to not have damage to the crop in this area. Next week will be focused on which weeds are germinating and what we can do about it. The herbicide options are limited and may or may not control the weeds emerging. Cultivation is an option in organic or later planted beans that are not close to the rows closing. Read the herbicide label for crop growth height and stage restrictions.

 
Region 2
06/26/2023, Mercer
Kelsey Litchfield

We received .3 inch of rain over the weekend – it was a welcomed rain but not nearly enough to make a dent in the drought.

 
Region 2
06/21/2023, Iowa (the state)
Karen Corrigan

Central Iowa corn looks good. Timely rains have been beneficial. Some unevenness on side hills but still a good color. Eastern Iowa has had insignificant rains. Areas of fields have given up. Soybeans are stalled out. Strip till potassium is holding better than broadcast.

 
Region 2
06/13/2023, Mercer
Kelsey Litchfield

Rain in the forecast this past weekend got our hopes up, but Mother Nature let us down again. Rain gauge registered less than tenth of an inch. Hoping it rains soon.

 
Region 2
06/05/2023, Mercer
Kelsey Litchfield

Corn is showing symptoms of stress due to the high temperatures and no precipitation the last three-four weeks. Beans were planted May 19th and have emerged. The beans have received no precipitation since planting.

 
Region 2
06/02/2023, Woodford/Tazwell
Karen Corrigan

The corn is not rolled, but still a bit spiked and sad looking. Soybeans look better except on the lighter soils and side hills. Not as dry as other places, but many fields around this area were planted later due to excess moisture early on in the southern part of Woodford County. Noticed a soybean field being planted on I-74 in McLean County this week also. The torrential downpours this week were scattered. Here we had 0.04 inches. Could use a rain, but the cooler nights are helping this crop to hang on.

 
Region 2
05/24/2023, Tazwell
Karen Corrigan

Top inch of soil is dry but still moisture just below. Cool nights are helpful in conserving moisture but not great for plant growth. This next week will be challenging in many places with dry soil and incoming heat wave.

 
Region 2
05/19/2023, Mercer
Kelsey Litchfield

Corn is coming along, beans are being planted today (May 19th.) A good rain is needed.

 
Region 2
05/19/2023, Woodford
Karen Corrigan

Dropped the kids off at school and ventured into the adjacent soybean fields. Progress looks much better on the field on the north side of the road from last week. Coming out of their funk.
Many fields in southern Woodford County have crops up. Corn is VE and soybeans are V1-2. Some organic fields are yet to be planted as are the pumpkin fields. Crops just to the west in Tazwell County are farther along.
It’s raining again today.

 
Region 2
05/15/2023, Knox
Kelsey Litchfield

Corn is up. This field was planted on May 4th and had about an inch and a half of rain after it was planted followed by warmer temperatures.

 
Region 2
05/12/2023, Woodford
Karen Corrigan

Fields near school pickup. 2 tenths of rain this morning. Need sunshine.

 
Region 2
05/08/2023, Woodford
Karen Corrigan

Several big storms over the weekend. Some ponding prior to the last one, expect more now. Tree damage, power outages, possible other damage.