Crop Report

The Crop Report provides timely and relevant crop and field information from experts across the state.

LATEST FIELD AND CROP CONDITIONS

The Illinois Soybean Association Agronomy Team, Soy Envoys, University of Illinois Extension, and other industry experts are bringing you information needed to manage your soybean, corn and wheat crops. From field conditions to crop progress, disease alerts, and pest sightings, the Crop Report has relevant information from the field.

To view the latest reports, click your region on the map or scroll down. Thank you to the experts who volunteer to provide this information.

Region 3
05/24/2024, McLean
Karen Corrigan

Farmers were tilling, spraying, and planting in between storms and high winds. We’ve made a lot of ground this week but there are still a fair amount of fields yet to be planted. Weeds are emerging.

 
Region 5
05/24/2024, Champaign
Shelby Weckel

Well, I wrote this on Thursday night and lost what I had written. I had not made it back, and what I had written last night was completely different. We were off to the races with a lot of growers finishing up, planting in mild to ideal conditions after the rain last week. Today, we got slammed with a huge rain, and more on the way.

 
Region 5
05/23/2024, Champaign
Nick Seiter

Black cutworm larvae should be approaching cutting size in most of Illinois – it’s a good time to scout fields where winter annuals were a problem at or around planting. We are right at 50% egg hatch for corn rootworms in central Illinois, so larval feeding will be occurring over the next several weeks.

 
Region 2
05/22/2024, Marshall
Emily Hansen

Field conditions have dried out over the past week, and with a lot of sunny days, many were out planting. Around 80% of fields have been planted in Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, and Putnam counties. Corn that was planted earlier is at VE-V1, and soybeans are at VE-VC.

 
Region 3
05/22/2024, Grundy
Russ Higgins

Drying out this week in Northeast Illinois, planters are rolling, in instances planting fields for the first time, and replanting in others. Fields that held ponded water are noticeably uneven in emergence and early season growth. As the growing season progresses it will be interesting to follow the development in these fields. Earlier planted corn has reached V4 to V5, most soy I scouted are somewhere between just planted and V1, one fully developed trifoliolate. I plan on visiting an early planted soy field later this week and will be interested in its stage of development. Again, I posted another Waterhemp image this week demonstrating the rapid growth of weeds with improving growing conditions.

 
Region 7
05/22/2024, Franklin
Dane Hunter

Last weekend conditions started drying up enough to allow field activity to kick off throughout southern Illinois. Since last report, early beans have been emerging and reaching ~V1-V2.

Also wheat has begun senescing throughout the region, about 1-2 weeks ahead of the usual pace. This could translate to an early harvest and double crop but weather over the next 3-4 weeks will have the final say.

 
Region 1
05/22/2024, Ogle
Kathryn Seebruck

Dry conditions the past few days have allowed many to catch up on planting, with most farmers in the area finished or close to finished. Corn is at about the V2-V3 stage, and soybeans are in the VC stage or still have yet to emerge. Some replants have occurred due to soil crusting. Heavy winds on May 21 kicked up topsoil over fields that have been tilled.

 
Region 5
05/21/2024, Douglas
Talon Becker

Field conditions around Douglas County during my transect on Tuesday (5/21) were quite variable. I saw several fields with pockets of standing water, some in emerged crop that will likely require replant. But then, a couple miles down the road, there were planters running and dust flying in the high winds that were experienced by much of the state that day. I would estimate that 60-70% of fields I observed were planted, with 30-40% emerged. Most emerged corn and soybeans were still at early stages, but I did come across a few V4/5 corn fields that were planted prior to our recent wet spell. The majority of unplanted fields, tilled and no-till (so far), with and without grass cover crops (primarily cereal rye), had a burndown application or a first spring tillage pass, but there were a few exceptions in some wetter areas. Post-emergence weed control will be needed soon in several fields.

 
Region 4
05/21/2024, Logan
Reagen Tibbs

Conditions across Logan, Menard, and Sangamon counties in the last week have allowed many farmers to catch up on their planting. While there were some small pockets of rain in certain areas, no major accumulations were observed. The last few days have brought a lot of warm weather to the area, and some rain is in the forecast. The crops that have been planted and emerged look healthy. Corn acres that were planted earlier are mostly in the V2-V3 stage, and earlier-planted soybeans are in the V1-V2 stage.

 
Region 4
05/21/2024, Pike
Luke Merritt

With temperatures being in the mid 80s to near 90s, conditions dried up nicely to give a window for guys to wrap up their planting over the weekend and early this week. Many farmers have early corn post herbicide applications going out this week. Thanks to the recent rainfall that we had, this region no longer shows up as abnormally dry on the U.S. Drought Monitor map.