Q1: Area crop tours recently have indicated record yield potential throughout the area. What did the tours find? -Douglas County Farm Bureau found an average of 206.9 bpa with range of 159-263 bpa -Some Gray Leaf Spot observed in corn and even hail damaged corn near Tuscola yielded 180 Q2: So next crop survey came from Topflight Grain covering Piatt County and part of Champaign and Macon Counties. What were their results? -Topflight Grain found an average of 210 bpa. Range was from 185 to 243 bpa -They also do a soybean pod count and they found an average of 55 pods per plant compared to last years 32. Range from 46 to 68 Q3: Premier Coop covers Champaign County and parts of Vermilion, Ford and Douglas Counties. Their results? -Average was 221 bpa. Former record was 2009 at 194 bpa -All 21 regions were over 200 bpa, ranging from 203 to 257 bpa Q4: Pro Farmer did a tour of the major corn producing states and Illinois was the "garden spot". What were their results? -Illinois 196.6, up from 170 year ago and 3 year average of 149 -USDA is estimating a record 188 for Illinois Q5: The rains that are producing record yields are also perfect conditions for the "fungus amongus", soybean diseases like Sudden Death Syndrome, Phytopthera, charcoal rot or white mold. What do you have here? -sudden death syndrome or SDS -first discovered in Arkansas in 1971, worst when soy planted into cool wet soil and when heavy summer rains saturate soil -SDS overwinters in soil -usually in small area often in wet or compacted areas -then infected areas enlarge -some varieties are less sensitive, but none are resistant -avoid early planting
In this edition of In the Garden Sandy Mason with the U of I Extension takes a trip to the Herb Garden and talks with a member of the C-U Herb Society.
Sandy Mason from the U of I Extension joins us to talk about Tropical Plants.
Sandy Mason from the U of I extension joins us to talk about plants you can begin growing now as we head into fall.
Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District explains the benefits of preventing runoff, and how.
Sandy Mason joins us for "In the Garden" to talk about the prairie.
Sandy Mason talks about native prairie plants and how they can be beneficial to your garden.
Steve Ayers from the U of I extension joins us to talk about crop progress.
Sandy Mason from the U of I extension talks about good flowers for later in the summer season in this edition of "In the Garden."
Sandy Mason from the U of I Extension joins us to talk about tomatoes and tells us why yours might not be getting ripe as soon as quickly as you expected.
Sandy Mason joins us to talk about some good flowers for bees, butterflies and pollinators.
Sandy Mason shows gives us some information on rooftop gardens and takes us to a place where you can see one for yourself.
Sandy Mason gives us some tips on plants that are good for creating privacy.
Sandy Mason from the U of I extension takes us In the Garden.
Wells can be dangersous if they're not taken care of. So we're learning more about how to properly maintain them so you're protecting yourself and others.
The Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District is looking for your help to raise money for an education center to go along with its wetlands project.
The Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District is helping farmers learn more about cover crops.
MONTICELLO -- There's an important fall festival coming up in Central Illinois.
The Georgetown Fair Queen hopes to teach people about where their food comes from.
Be one of the first to know about cutting edge agriculture research coming out of the University of Illinois.
A new class to help urban beekeepers is coming to Champaign-Urbana.
A program for beginner farmers is helping people have a success business.
Steve Ayers tells us if the saying "knee high by the 4th of July" is ringing true this year!
Illinois Horse Progress Days kicks off on Friday.
Get ready to take a trip back in time during Penfield's Historic Farm Days.
Fisher's community fair is right around the corner.
Thousands come to the small town to see everything the fair has to offer.
County fairs are starting up in central Illinois, the University of Illinois Extension tells us about some of this summer's highlights.
People in FFA took to the state capitol to learn more about the agriculture industry.
Upcoming workshops help you get the most out of your soil.
The corn and soybeans in Illinois are right on track this growing season, our ag expert tells us more about how crops are progressing this month.
The key to having a successful crop is good soil.
Mother Nature is finally giving farmers the break they need to get back in the field, but they're still behind.
High school students in Monticello are putting on a show for kids to teach them about agriculture.
Fresh strawberries are a sign of summer, but this year we may be enjoying them a little later than usual.
Ag Answers: Mahomet-Seymour high students run the Ag Supply Store and Greenhouse to gain real world experience.
The Morning Show gets a dose of royalty as the Miss Illinois County Fair Queen stops by the show.
ILLINOIS--- Farmers are anxious to get into the fields, but the recent heavy rain is pushing back the start date for planting.
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, your plants may need some help from the professionals.
Sandy Mason shows us what services are available.
Taking care of a pond near your home can be overwhelming, but several area organizations are getting together to help.
You may notice some greenery start to sprout in area fields, but the plants are likely ones that farmers don't want.
You may notice some green starting to sprout in the forest, Sandy Mason tells us more about these invasive plants.
It's spring, and people are ready to get out and plant their gardens.
Illini FS shows us how to make sure the season is a success.
An upcoming event gives you the chance to get out of the house, exercise, and help a good cause all at the same time.
A new wine at Sleepy Creek Vineyards will spice up your Bloody Mary.
Sandy Mason tells us about new options for your spring garden.
Cynthia and Drew get a pop quiz on agriculture- see how they did.
Knowing how your food gets to your table is important for families who want to give their kids the very best.
Farmers are preparing their equipment to head out into the fields when the weather gets warmer.
The University of Illinois is getting ready to show off for thousands of potential students.