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Central Illinois crops rebounding from drought

An AgriGold agronomist says central Illinois crops are beginning to rebound from drought.

Brett Leahr tells Brownfield most crops in his central Illinois coverage area are looking good following recent rains.

“The drought didn’t hurt us too much. We still have a lot of potential out there. I’ve been counting a lot of 16-18 arounds and 40 longs on the ear, but I think we have a long way to go. We’ve just kind of made it halfway right now, so we need to have a nice grain fill period to help our crop finish out.”

He says in the northwestern part of the state he has seen some uneven tasseling, likely from drought stress and early season cool temperatures.

He says corn and soybeans are reaching the right growth stages for fungicide applications.

“From the corn standpoint, we’re reaching just about that R 1.5 stage where we have silks fired out so, I think fungicide on corn is now. Soybeans kind of range from R2 to R4 on most planted stuff, so I think next week will be a really big week for soybean fungicide.”

Brownfield interviewed Leahr during the AgriGold Specialty Products Conference near Champaign.

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