A few days ago, the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the county corn and soybean production numbers. This annual event is often a source of bragging rights for which county had the highest corn and soybean yields. The top yielding corn county in 2013 was Carroll in northwestern Illinois with an average yield of 200 bushels per acre. For soybean, DeKalb took the honors with 58.4 bushels per acre.

Making a replant decision after frost can be challenging. Which plants do you include in population counts, when evaluating a damaged corn stand? In 2012 a hard freeze hit the Corn Planting Date Study here at the CSREC, we took that opportunity to tag plants with different levels of damage and follow them to harvest. The bottom line is, if you don't see more than a hint of green after 5-7 days, it is a weed. If the whorl shows real elongation even if leaves are gone it should be OK and included in a population check. The attached slides are part of a presentation I made on the results.
From the Map it looks like most of Illinois south of I-72 received at least 1 inch of rain yesterday. That should get a lot of corn off to a good start.

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