The 2015 Illinois corn crop continues to develop on schedule, with 75% of the crop having reached silking by July 19. But the crop condition rating continues its steady downward trend, with the good + excellent percentage now at 55%, down from its high of 79% at the end of May. Virtually all of this decline is due to standing water, past or present.
Beck’s announced a territory expansion into new regions of Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and Ohio. This expansion adds roughly 12 million acres of corn and soybeans to Beck’s former marketing area to bring its total reach to half of the corn and soybean acres in the U.S.
College students from across the U.S. and Canada competed in the National Weed Science Contest July 20-21 at the Western Agricultural Research Station in South Charleston. The program was part of a competition to see who has bragging rights as the best student weed scientists, said Bruce Ackley, an Ohio State University Extension program specialist in weed science.
The National Corn Growers Association took another big step toward providing the driving public with lower gas prices and more fuel choice including better access to higher blends of home-grown American ethanol.
Estimating potential corn yields can help us understand the maximum yield attainable if management is optimal and in absence of unmanageable adversities, such as hail or flooding. A research team based at the University of Nebraska is currently leading a project for forecasting corn yield using historical and current weather and management information in collaboration with faculty and extension educators from 10 universities across the U.S. Corn Belt.
With most of the attention on the central and eastern Corn Belt, very little attention has been focused on the western Corn Belt or High Plains this year—a region that is experiencing better than average corn growth from most reports. But that doesn’t mean the area isn’t having its annual July and August problem with mites.