Field work for the region has progressed very quickly over the past few weeks and growers in the area have made some big strides. Talking to growers across the region, planting season went very smooth. Once the window of opportunity opened, there was very little keeping guys from going.
For most of central Illinois planting season is pretty much wrapped up. Corn in its latest stage is around V2-V3. Some earlier corn is approaching V4. The only downside we saw in some cases getting corn in the ground is the dry conditions. When corn was going in the ground, some had to set their planters a notch deeper to get the corn into moisture to have even emergence. With some of the dry conditions, growers implementing no-till or minimum till seemed to have an advantage keeping moisture in the soil. Soybean planting is also near the end. Some growers who planted soybeans first are seeing soybeans in the VC-V1 stage. Most soybeans however are just emerging and are barely able to row from the road.
Southern Illinois is in about the same position as central Illinois. The southern part of the state had a few rains that kept growers out for a while giving northern parts of the state to catch up to them. Corn planting is near completion and soybean planting is at the trail end too. By the end of the week, we should see a good portion of the region completed in Illinois. Soon we will see a big focus on weed management and sprayers will be busy keeping fields clean. Small and large seeded broadleafs are beginning to emerge and will need to be taken care of.
For NE Missouri the area is near completion of corn and finishing up on soybeans. Dry conditions early got planters a nice head start and the crop is growing fast. Low lying areas near the river bottoms are still a bit wet due to early rains, but should be planted shortly. Soybeans look good and most fields I saw planted had a nice clean seedbed clear of weeds. Farmers who implement cover crops in Missouri had an advantage of lower winter annual pressure and an increase in soil moisture. However insect pressure needs to be monitored as they can attract grubs and worms to cause problems in early stages of the crop.
Overall planting season across the region has gone smoothly. If we capture a few timely rains and weed pressure is monitored closely, we will be setting ourselves up for a great start!
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