F.I.R.S.T. CORN PROGRESS REPORT
Illinois East Central
Harvest at the Watseka, IL, early- and full-season sites averaged 198.3 bu./acre and 188.7 bu./acre, respectively. The site received sufficient rain in June, July and August. Ear pollination, kernel development and kernel depth were all considered good, but some hybrids experienced smaller ear sizes than others.
Consistent rainfall throughout the summer helped the Tuscola, IL, location produce average yields of 168.3 bu./acre and 181.3 bu./acre, respectively, for the early- and late-season plots. Some ear’s kernels were reduced or diminished, possibly due to the intense heat.
Planted April 21 and harvested Sept. 24, the Sublette, IL, site received excellent rainfall throughout the growing season to help boost yields. This site averaged 225.1 bu./acre on the early-season test and 237.9 bu./acre on the full-season test. Most of the location maintained excellent plant health.
Iowa North West and Iowa West Central
The Galva, IA, location got off to a good start with a week of rain in late April. The corn-on-corn plot shelled out some very good yields with an average of 192.2 bu./acre on the early-season test and 185.1 bu./acre on the full-season test. A wind storm in late August caused some whole plant lodging of specific varieties.
The Lewis, IA, site is a new test location for 2007. No-till conditions at planting were good, as was the emergence. However, a very dry and hot June and July affected ear development resulting in smaller kernels and lower test weights. The full-season test averaged 140.9 bu./acre. The early-season test yielded 142.1 bu./acre.
Indiana Central, Indiana South and Ohio West Central
The Elnora, IN, field posted an excellent average yield of 242.3 bu./acre. This field has been no-till for over 11 years.
The Carlisle, IN, plot was planted May 12 and harvested Sept. 20. Average yield was 275.7 bu./acre, thanks to late-season rains which helped boost yield.
After planting on May 1, the Greensburg, IN, location only received 0.6 in. of rain all growing season. Average yield was 169.6 bu./acre on the early-season test and 161.2 bu./acre on the full-season test.
Late rains helped the Eaton, OH, stand, the field produced an average yield of 183.2 bu./acre. There was some gray leaf pressure and heavy stalk rot at the site.
Timely rains at pollination and at grain fill helped the Columbus, IN, stand post an average yield of 190.7 bu./acre.
F.I.R.S.T. SOYBEAN PROGRESS REPORT
North Central State-Line
Good rainfall occurred most of the season at the Miles, IA, location, however, the site experienced a heavy infestation of white mold. The field is located in a valley where air flow may not have been good on most days. White mold was also noted as a problem at this site in 2006. Average yield was 52.5 bu./acre.