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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.

  • Japanese Beetles

    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

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