It’s been a cool wet start to our planting season in Northern Illinois. Not much has been done in our Northern tier but over the past week or so the Southern tier of counties farmers have been running hard. I would say from Western Illinois over East not quite to the Indiana border corn is probably 35% planted and soybeans are about 5% planted. We have missed a couple of rains down there and I would say starting the 24th of this month most of the farmers in our region will be able to spray, work ground or plant.
We have corn pushing through and in some fields you will be able to “row” it this coming week. Rains were spotty in our Southern tier and some of our farmers will finish with corn and switch to planting soybeans. Only issue with corn is Black Cutworm and Armyworm moth counts are pretty high in some of our counties. We have had a mild winter and several storm moves up from the south, so it’s no surprise these pests’ could be an issue this year.
Some of our farmers have switched to soybeans and have a few acres in the ground. I hope with this cool wet weather that the beans in the ground are treated with a fungicide and ILeVO®. This type of weather is perfect for the early infection of Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) to occur.
I know everyone will be running hard this week but please take time to be aware of your surroundings and stay safe!
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