The first week of corn yields submitted by IFB members show extreme variability even in neighboring fields on the same farm.
Here's a compilation of early corn harvest:
- Gale, Washington County -- 10.4 bushels per acre
- Kent, Clay County -- corn yields range from 2 to 60 bushels/acre
- Jody, Henry County, reported a 175 average corn yield
- Halloran, Edgar County, reported corn yields ranging from 95-145 bushels per acre
- Shawn, Fayette County, reported a range of 1.5 to 110 bpa with worst yields on timber soils; better yield on river bottoms
- Mike, Menard County, up to 100 bushels per acre. He said recent rains have increased stalk rot in fields.
- Chris, Champaign County, reported that 180 acres of corn averaged about 137 bushels/acre.
In their weekly update, the Illinois Ag Statistics Service on Monday reported that 21% of the state's corn is now harvested. That's up 9 percentage points from last week and compares to the long-term average of 6% complete on this date.
One percent of soybeans are harvested statewide, which is on par with the average. Twenty-one percent of soybeans are dropping leaves, which is slightly ahead of the 16% average for this date.
Seven percent of the sorghum crop is harvested, compared with the long-term average of 4% complete.