Weekly Crop Report - August 18, 2017
 
Jake Wilken - Ashkum, IL
 
Rainfall:  We have gotten a 1-4 tenths of rain over the past two days, it was welcomed and we would welcome more.
 
 
Corn: The ears continue to fill out nicely and look very good, however the stand counts are just too low to have much over an average crop. Getting some rainfall and working on kernel depth the next month will be key to higher yields.
 
Soybeans: It is hard to tell what soybeans will yield until you get in the combine, however the beans look much more promising than they did early on. Again, getting some more rain and making sure the plants don't abort will be key. Overall the beans look really good. 
 
Other: I've found soybean aphids in our plot yesterday that were not present earlier in the week so guys should be scouting and spraying for them when they are at threshold because of the yield damage they can do. It looks like we are gearing up to be a later fall this year.  
 
Josh Sullivan - Morrisonville, IL
 
Rainfall: We had .3 tenths of rain last night.
 
Corn:  Corn still looks green and all of the corn is now dented but far from reaching black layer.
 
Soybeans: Soybeans are at late R3 and early R4. The are tall and look great. We have around 60 pods per plant and are still setting new pods.
 
 
Wade Lamphere - Durand, WI
 
Rainfall: We finally got the showers we were waiting for. We were blessed with 2.5” of rain overnight. 
Temperatures have been just below average but look to pick up heading into the weekend. The extended forecast has the highs in the low 80’s and the lows around 60.
Weather is shaping up nicely to finish the season. Hopefully this reflects in the yields.
 
Corn: The corn crop is looking good. Minimal disease and insect pressures throughout this growing season have been a pleasant surprise.
Most corn is in the R3 – R4 growth stage, with some earlier varieties starting to dent. Yields should be good in this area.
 
Soybeans: Soybeans are in the R4 – R5 growth stage. This last rain should finish out the season for the beans. 
Expecting good yields.
 
 John Williams - Pekin, IL
 
Rainfall:Very little precipitation in the past week. We are over an inch behind in rainfall for the month of August. 
 
Corn Corn is still looking good in most areas. South of Springfield there are areas that are starting to show some firing above the ear.
 
SoybeansSoybeans look great but need one more rain event to help them finish with good yields. Starting to see signs of soybean aphids. Need to keep an eye on them as their population can explode in just a couple of days. 
 
 
 
 Matt Case Jr. - Hinckley, Illinois
 
Rainfall:Over this past weekend and into the week we have received no rainfall. Wednesday, (today) rain began to drop at 3:30p.m, in Hinckley, Illinois. Rain and thunderstorms should continue early into Thursday morning. 
 
Corn: ProHarvest Corn is looking outstanding, the ears are huge and are continuing to fill out nicely! ProHarvest 107 Day SmartStax Hybrid (6705), not only looks attractive in the field, but packs a punch when it comes to big yields. Many farmers disassociate early maturities with big yields, but not in this case, 6705 has great dry down, easily adapts over different soil types, and delivers big yields at harvest. Enjoy your Wednesday drink- crops, I'm looking forward to seeing you all at the finish line
 
Soybeans:ProHarvest Soybeans are putting pods on like crazy and look very healthy -So much vigor these soybeans have! There are many different varieties of soybeans out there that look great, but a couple that caught my eye were ProHarvests 2.4rm Xtend soybean (2427 X) and ProHarvests 2.8rm RR2Y soybean (2871RR2Y) - 2871 is a proven winner year after year delivering consistent yields across Northern Illinois. 
 
Northern Illinois Corn and Soybean fields are looking healthy. I began the week scouting fields, doing stand counts, and estimating potential yields for the upcoming harvest. 
 
I hope you enjoyed my weekly crop update, I had fun writing it! 
See you In The Field.
 
Matt Case Jr.
Agrinetics Seed Service | ProHarvest Seeds
 
 
 
 
Dalton Shepherd- Rushville, IL
 
Rainfall: We had .3-1.2' of ran last friday morning and mother nature has turned dry since then. Temperatures have been cooler this weeks than in past few weeks.
 
Corn: Corn coming along in our area. Milk line is slowly working its way across the kernel. There has been tip back in many of the fields we have looked at. Heat and stress around pollination time was not good on the crop.
 
Soybeans: Majority of the beans still seem very short or behind in our area. Weeds are becoming more noticeable in fields as summer goes by. Japanese Beetles have came and are mostly gone in our area. Clay hillsides are turning yellow from high heat stress and low water holding capacity in soils. 
 
Jay Whalen- Flanagan, IL
 
Rainfall: Had a small shower on Wednesday but did not register in rain gauge. But not showing any stress due to lack of rain!
 
Corn:Corn is filling kernels very well, should be adding good size to them!
 
Soybeans:Soybeans are looking Good except for the waterhemp is really starting to show its ugly little head now most everywhere over the beans! 
 
 
Lynn Mckibben - Pekin, IL
 
Rainfall: 0 rain in Pekin again this week. Been about 22 days since our last measurable rain.
 
Corn: Corn wise, we've slowed down a little just due to cooler temps. Yield estimates are quite variable but I think we will average between 185-220 depending on location. It appears that it will be at least mid September before we really get harvest rolling. Overall corn health remains good.
 
 
Soybeans: Beans could use a good rain right now to push the yields up. Overall I think potential looks pretty good on beans but moisture levels remain low and could ultimately limit our top end.
 
Clyde Burchett - Higginsville, MO
 
Rainfall : More scattered rainfall this week. Temperatures have been moderate to warm, but not hot like you would expect for August
 
Corn: Corn is moving along quickly. Lots of silage coming out. Corn south of 50 Hwy is either brown or turning. Could be some shelled before the end of the month. Southern rust is spreading fast, but most corn is maturing ahead of it’s damage.
 
Soybeans: SDS in beans is becoming more visible. Insects are not a problem right now.
  
 
Other: Here are a few pictures of what I’m seeing in soybean fields this week. One is bean pod mottle virus, one is SDS and one is just a picture of some impressive terminal racemes. 
( pictures are below)
 
Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS)
 
Bean Pod Mottle Virus
June 08

As seen in Illinois AgriNews

Because of the benefits corn and soybean growers are seeing associated with Cover Crop applications, the number of acres being planted to Cover Crops continues to rise.

At the same time, with more persistent weeds showing tolerance to glyphosate herbicide programs in recent years, another rising trend involves growers adding tank mix partners and

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