Thursday, April 21, 2011

Early Corn Up in Central Illinois - Good or Bad?

Many on Twitter are saying that 9 percent of the corn has been planted in Central Illinois.  Many of this early planted corn is emerging.  After the recent down pour of rains, this corn is struggling to "hang in there".   This field's stand appeared to look OK...........

But, obviously, these fields near Route 48 have a tendency to pond in areas and a replant in those areas will most likely be necessary.

These plants are a little yellow thanks to the recent cool temps and wind blown.  However, they don't look too stripped, considering this field is not too far from the area where train cars were blown off the track after the recent tornado-like winds.

So, what are some issues this early corn is facing in Illinois now?

Saturated soil conditions coupled with cool weather could be perfect for lingering seedling diseases. Just how well with these corn roots be able to cope?

When fields finally dry, corn planting resumes, and later corn emerges, cutworm damage could be a concern thanks to recent high catches of cutworm moths:

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