Corn, Soybean Progress on Track in Illinois

August 10th, 2017


Category: Grains, Oilseeds

(Iowa Farmer Today) –  Hay baling continued with cooler temperatures throughout the state, according to the Aug. 7 USDA Crop Progress report. The average temperature was 70.5 degrees, 3.3 degrees below normal. Precipitation averaged 0.46 inches, 0.42 inches below normal.

Corn silking reached 97 percent, compared to 98 percent for the five-year average. Corn dough was at 57 percent, unchanged from this time last year. Corn dented reached 9 percent, compared to 14 percent for the five-year average.

Soybeans blooming reached 94 percent, compared with 90 percent last year. Soybeans setting pods was at 70 percent.

Northwest: Kate Danner

Beans could use a rain. Temperatures have been very cool for August. The big event for me this week was having Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, his wife, Mary and an entourage tour my farm. It was just like talking to another farmer about the crop and the farm bill. I think we are in really good hands with the secretary of agriculture.

Northeast: Katelyn Quinn

Crops aren’t looking too great from a qualitative perspective but are doing pretty good quantitatively. Given the rough spring, crops are still moving right along at an average growth pace. Our soybeans are developing pods, our corn is at the R3 stage as kernels are transitioning from the blister stage to the milk stage. Still seeing a lot of weed and insect pressure due to all the rain in July.

West: Lance Tarochione

Crops have great color and health and the plentiful July rains have every yard, roadside and pasture lush and green. So far I am not seeing any SDS in soybeans. The dry six weeks we had from late May to early July might be the reason we are not seeing more SDS. Japanese beetles are still with us and still feeding, but their numbers have dropped to a tolerable level.

Central: Chase Brown

We had isolated rains on Tuesday (Aug. 1) ranging from nothing to 2.5 inches with light hail. Little to no damage from the hail. We are enjoying the cooler weather. Been doing some yield checks and there is huge variation in yields depending on planting date, final stand count and when it pollinate

East: Kris Ehler

Good soaking rains continue to elude this area. Nothing in the forecast this week. Our local elevator crop estimate tour is this Wednesday. It will be very interesting to see where things come in. Early reports are disappointing. Spider mites in soybeans are starting to show up. Disease pressure in corn is moderate and slowed with dryer and cooler conditions.

West Southwest: Marty Marr

Cooler temps prevailed this week with very scattered showers. Most crops still look good, with the temperatures on the mild side providing relief. Set out our first bale to the cows to keep them from looking at the fences and corn fields for a treat of dented corn. Every year we look for that State Fair rain event to add those extra bushels, and that is in the forecast.

East Southeast: Don Guinnip

Corn pollination overall is good, but average. Some filled all the way to the end. Quite a bit of tip back and irregular kernel development to be found in other numbers in other locations. With good plant populations in the replanted corn, there are good yield prospects. Pod fill and blooming going well in beans. We need GDUs, particularly for the Group 4 beans. Got our second-cutting red clover baled in excellent condition.

Southwest: Kristi Droste

Overall, things still remain a little below normal on moisture, but for now the heat cycle has been broken with almost fall-like weather. Washington County received rains amounting to about a quarter inch with some areas to the north and south receiving more rain yet. This has been helpful for the beans, but as yield estimates continue to come in, it is evident the heat and dry weather will put corn below trend line.

Southeast: Kelly Robertson

We had 0.51 inches of rain on Sunday and were glad to get it. Some got nothing, others had up to 2 inches. Last week was cooler than normal with some morning temperatures in the 50s. The lower humidity really put the hurt on crops. A lot of beans turned white. There is a lot of fired corn. Still talk of fungicides going on and southern rust but quiet other than that. I suspect we will see some April corn be shelled in two weeks or so.


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