In the second of four segments, AgDay flies high above some key crop districts in central Illinois to see how the crop has progressed since the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour.
A familiar storyline for corn and soybean growers in key Midwest states is playing out across central Illinois: Crop health is widely variable, with some fields green and ripe and others dying because of heat stress.
Fly over farmland and a range of conditions are apparent.
"From the air, you definitely can tell the areas that caught what you call popup showers," Farm Journal field agronomist Ken Ferrie says tells AgDay’s Eye in the Sky report. "You can visually see areas that are under quite a bit more drought stress than others. Some of it has a rhyme or reason to it, some of it doesn’t, depending on soils and soil type."
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Ferrie flew from the Illinois River to the Champaign area.
"Some places have been dead for two weeks, other places are struggling to finish," Ferrie says.