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Illinois Bumper Crop On The Way
Central Illinois Drive
Each summer, I drive U.S. Highway 24 from Peoria, Illinois, to the Illinois-Indiana border enroute to a meeting. Although not foolproof, this drive though central Illinois provides some insight into what kind crop is shaping up.
Binbuster is Coming
From the looks of things, it’s likely a binbuster is enroute. Bins like these just outside Eureka, Illinois, will likely be filled to the brim this fall. Mid-July’s statewide crop condition was rated at 81% good to excellent.
Excellent Topsoil Moisture
Meanwhile, 83% of the state’s topsoil moisture was rated as adequate. Drainage ditches like this one still had water in them in mid-July.
Some Stand Losses
It’s not all roses, though. There was a stretch on U.S. 24 that had some earlier prolific precipitation that caused a few stand losses. Across the state, surplus topsoil moisture had occurred in 11% of Illinois fields in mid-July.
No Corn Tunnel This Year
For the most part, though, crop conditions looked awesome. It was just a gut feeling, but there seemed to be more soybeans planted along the highway this year. In most years, I feel like I’m driving through a corn tunnel. Not so this year.
The only possible hitch I could see—from the road, anyways—were some Japanese beetles chewing away on soybeans near Eureka, Illinois. Damage didn’t appear widespread, though.
How To Treat
For Illinois soybeans, treatment recommendations depend upon the growth stage of the plants. Thresholds for treatment are 30% defoliation before bloom and 20% defoliation between bloom and pod-fill.
Good and Bad News
There’s good news and bad news in all of this. Days of double-digit price declines in soybeans are tough to take. The offset of that, of course, is farmers will likely have a lot to sell in the coming year.
Excellent corn and soybean crops