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
Steve Ayers from the U of I extension joins us to talk about crop progress.
Update: 10:15 pm, 8/4/14, Monday ILLINOIS -- High rainfall this summer will have a positive effect on corn crops.
We learn a great place to take plant or tree samples when they're not growing the way you expected.
PENFIELD -- New technology has changed farming in many ways.
BROCTON -- One of the newest pieces of technology is making its way to Central Illinois. A drone could be called the next big thing in farming.
ILLINOIS -- Some farmers in the state are planting a new type of crop.
MONTICELLO -- Farmers know there are dangers which come with their jobs.
NATIONAL -- A report from the White House says climate change could change farming in the Midwest.
ILLINOIS -- The newest rankings list Illinois first for soybeans.
BEMENT -- Hundreds came out to lay a farmer to rest.
A local farmer and BASF representative come together to explain how the weather is affecting local crops.
DECATUR -- The state is launching a new effort to try to get more farmers to plant cover crops which help keep soil more sustainable.
RANTOUL -- Thousands of people from all over the country are headed to town for the 2013 Half Century of Progress Show.
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- Farmers are taking advantage of warmer weather and getting in the fields.
SAVOY -- Wet weather and cooler-than-average temperatures are keeping farmers around Central Illinois from planting crops.
CHAMPAIGN -- Flooding is also a setback for farmers.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- The UI is in charge of a project to help people in Iraq become better farmers.
TOLONO -- A day in the field equals inspiration for one farmer.
SANGAMON COUNTY-- Farmers look forward to a certain ag report every year, but they won't be reading it this year.
RANTOUL -- Some irrigation systems are working overtime.
PESOTUM -- Crop farmers are bracing for a potentially devastating heatwave which could ruin yields.
PARIS -- Farming is one of the top five most dangerous jobs and a Paris man is living proof.
Champaign-- Farming can be a dangerous job, but it ranked surprisingly high in a new study.
Fertilizer companies are hard at work as the growing season gets underway, which means many are being paid to spray crops with poisonous chemicals.
MAHOMET- Chemical drift is a seasonal issues for farmers, and those living in rural areas of Central Illinois.
SAVOY -- The National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch for the area for the next couple of days. Farmers are keeping an eye out as they plant and while some have already seen crop started to sprout.