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Illinois Has Potential For Huge Crop; SDS Present In Soybeans

August 25, 2014
By: Betsy Jibben, Ag Day TV National Reporter
SDS soybeans

Scouts say they aren’t disappointed. They think the state will produce some high yields with both crops, especially comparing to previous years.

There’s no denying Illinois will have a big crop. The question is, how big will it be?

"The yield people thought had two to three weeks ago may not be what we are finding so far, said Crop Tour Agronomist, Mark Bernard.

Agronomist Mark Bernard says so far, he’s seen variable yields. That makes it hard to tell what the state average might be.

"It’s not a bad thing. It’s just not what people thought was out here," said Bernard.

Bernard says some corn has yet to mature, but he doesn’t see it being an issue come Harvest.

"By the time we get two or three weeks under our belt we will be under the wire here in Illinois. I think everything will be fine," said Bernard.

He anticipates a tremendous soybean crop in Illinois. Yet there is one thing standing in the way.
He says the Sudden Death Syndrome he’s seen in Illinois is just enough to dip the yield down.

"It has the potential to take 40-percent but I don’t think that’s the situation we’re in here at all. I think we’re probably looking at more of a nickel or dime type thing," said Bernard.

It’s the type of Disease LeRoy Illinois farmer David O’Brien spots in his field more than we wold like.

"You get cool wet weather in the wrong part of season, now showing up. It’s just a part of raising soybeans," said LeRoy Illinois farmer, David O’Brien.

Bernard says at this point in the season, there isn’t much farmers can do besides look at something with a little more tolerance and resistance for the next year. Bernard said he did see some white mold in pockets of Indiana, which could be a problem if the states receive more moisture.


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