On this episode of ILSoyAdvisor, the Soy Envoys give their updates on field and crop conditions across Illinois. In some areas of the state, persistent rain delays and recurring ponding and flooding have left many fields unplanted, prompting decisions about prevent planting.

They also address the challenges posed by the high variability in crop conditions. Some corn and soybeans are struggling, with significant yellowing in fields and ongoing waterhemp issues. The Soy Envoys share their management recommendations, including sidedressing, assessing root and nodule development in soybeans, planning fungicide applications, weed management, and monitoring for tar spot. They emphasize caution with spraying and adhering to label instructions. Reports indicate corn rootworm emergence and early-planted soybeans beginning to bloom.

Finally, the Soy Envoys offer their “way too early” yield predictions for soybeans.

The guests in today’s podcast include Kelly Robertson, Precision Crop Services LLC; Shelby Weckel, Ehler Bros Seed; Eric Beckett, Illini FS; Craig Grafton, Bayer Crop Science; Karen Corrigan, McGillicuddy Corrigan Agronomics; and Drew Beckman, Beck’s Hybrids. Today’s podcast was hosted by Kelsey Litchfield, Agronomic Outreach Specialist for Illinois Soybean Association.

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About the Author: Kelsey Litchfield

Kelsey Litchfield is the Agronomic Outreach Specialist for the Illinois Soybean Association. In her role, she manages ILSoyAdvisor media platforms and assists the agronomy team with events and field days. A native of Rio, IL, Kelsey earned her bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2017 where she double majored in Agricultural Communications and Broadcast Journalism.

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