Now is the time to consider treatment of ponds and lakes to prevent aquatic vegetation from overwhelming the water. If the water had excess aquatic vegetation last year, chances are it will this year as well. Controlling these weeds when the populations are low, before they’ve had an opportunity to greatly expand, makes the job much easier and potentially less costly.

Signs and symptoms of a few soybean diseases have begun to show up in some areas of the state over the last few weeks, and two of these diseases, sudden death syndrome (SDS) and Sclerotinia stem rot (white mold), are likely to cause economic losses in some growers' fields this year, said a University of Illinois plant pathologist.

June 11, 2014 will kick-off the 24th year of the Crop Scouting Workshop Series. Blair Hoerbert will host the session at his farm in rural San Jose in Logan County. The featured speaker for the day is Dennis Bowman, Extension Educator in Commercial Agriculture Field Crops. Bowman will cover aspects of using drones in scouting, as well as current pest and management topics.

2014 average cash rents have been released by county by the National Ag Statistics Service. Non-irrigated averages charged in the 2014 growing season were: Logan $308, DeWitt $282, McLean $277, Mason $210, and Sangamon $302. Menard and Macon did not have enough respondents to report individually, and their combined average was $263.
Pasture rents were also included with Logan at $28, DeWitt $44.50, McLean $40, Mason $42, Menard $28.50, Macon $28.50, and Sangamon $40.50.
This is an update on the black cutworm pheromone trapping program for 2014. There was an intense capture in Logan County covering the weekend of the 12th and 13th of April. Based on models, the predicted date for first cutting would be May 14, 2014 from this intense flight and moth capture. You can keep yourself updated on black cutworm moth catches at
The first Japanese beetles of 2014 have emerged in the Lincoln, Illinois area. I caught four of them in my pheromone trap located just north of Lincoln on June 19th. Remember, these beetles will attract others to places where they begin feeding by giving off pheromones to attract others.
The 2012 Census of Agriculture information is now available at the county level. The County profiles for Logan Menard, and Sangamon Counties are available at: for Logan, http://web.extension.illino

Recently, the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers announced 2014 cash rents on professionally managed farmland. Overall, 2014 cash rents on professionally managed farmland are projected to be lower than 2013 rents, perhaps signaling a move to lower cash rents in broader categories of farmland in 2015.

Professionally Managed Cash Rents