Weekly Crop Report - September 8, 2017
Jake Wilken - Ashkum, IL
Rainfall: We have received no rainfall this past week in the Ashkum or surrounding areas.
Corn:The corn is still coming along nicely, but we do still need quite a bit of heat to help the later season hybrids finish out. From what I have seen so far, the early season corn seems to have the upper hand this year due to the weather that we have been having.
Soybeans: The earlier season beans are just now starting to turn, but they do seem to be turning faster than expected, it would be nice to get one more good shower to help the beans that have not started turning fill out. There are some isolated pockets of SDS but overall the beans are pretty healthy this year.
Other:Cover Crop application seems to be getting into full swing now, lots of planes flying the last couple days, that rain would be nice to help get those going too.
Josh Sullivan - Morrisonville, IL
Rainfall: Monday afternoon we missed a nice rain on the whole farm.
I hand tested some 111 day corn today and it tested 27 percent moisture. So we will have to wait a little awhile longer.
Soybeans:Some April planted soybeans are really turning dropping a lot of its leaves. Some farmers are shelling some spots in their corn fields to get some lime stockpiled.
 Matt Case Jr. - Hinckley, Illinois
The heat of summer has gone and the cool September weather has moved come. Northern Illinois has received no rain this week. The weather this week has been cool and breezy with day time temperatures reaching 70 degrees and at night dropping as low as 45 degrees. -We are hoping for a hot September.
Rainfall:This past weekend Hinckley Illinois got hit with a microburst, it brought rain and golf ball sized hail. This storm did not level any fields, however it sheared corn leafs and beat the beans up pretty bad.
Corn:  Agrinetics Seed Service placed ProHarvest Hybrids in Hinckley- Big Rock's FFA plot, (which also got hit by the same storm.) I walked the plot a couple days later to see just how bad the damage was. I walked ProHarvests 110 day (8074) and 113 day (8312) where I found almost all the leafs torn with holes from the hail storm. The plot got shredded but I was impressed at how big and how far along ProHarvest hybrids were. 8074 and 8312 still looked pretty dang good in the plot considering all the hail damage. They were standing strong and tall. I am looking forward to the yield results!
Soybeans:  Soybeans in Northern Illinois look healthy, beans are packing test weight. Early maturity soybean fields are turning more yellow with each day. 
This week farmers are busy preparing for harvest and getting their equipment dialed in for the forecasted "late harvest". Many farm families plan to visit the Sandwich Fair this weekend. 
Jay Whalen- Flanagan, IL
Rainfall:We did not receive any rain this last week!
Corn:Corn is slowly progressing in this cooler conditions, stalks are still green, but husks are turning brown on the early hybrids! Looks like we are a week or 2 from black layer, and still aways from starting harvest!
Soybean: Beans are still green, but the the rain last week are really helping them fill out, the pods have doubled in size from 2 weeks ago. Did have some late blooms abort because of dry weather. But all in all everything is looking good, but progressing slow.
Lynn Mckibben - Pekin, IL
Rainfall:No rain this past week in Pekin.
Corn: So far I have not seen anybody picking corn or combining beans.
Soybeans:A lot of beans turning or beginning to get that yellow cast.
Talked to quite a few guys this week and most feel we are still 10 days to 2 weeks from getting started.
Really not a lot to comment on this week, just a waiting game now.
The only thing I would like to stress as we get rolling and start putting in those longer hours is: PLEASE be safe this fall.
Wishing each and every one of you a good harvest season!
John Williams - Pekin,IL
Corn:Corn is starting to turn in some of the southern areas. Corn harvesting has started south of Springfield. 8312 and 8244 are looking very good.
Soybeans:Soybeans are coming along fine, Starting to see some yellow tint in some fields. Also starting to see some Sudden Death Syndrome in a few fields in Western Illinois. 

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