prepares for centennial in 2002
3, 2001] The
4-H centennial celebration will be in 2002. It’s not very often
that we get to celebrate 100 years, so there will be several special
events throughout the year. One of the main goals of the committee
at this time is to identify past 4-H members living in the Logan
you are a past 4-H member living in Logan County, please contact the
Extension office for a past member involvement form, so that we may
build a record of former members living in the area. The Centennial
Committee is considering several activities in the coming year that
would involve these former 4-H’ers.
contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org,
by paper mail at 980 N. Postville Drive, Lincoln, IL 62656 or by
phone at (217) 732-8289. If you are one of the past 4-H members from
Logan County who lives away from the area, we would also like to
hear from you!
25, 2001] With
harvest having begun in earnest this past week, we are having the
yield results that everyone expected. That is to say that they are
highly variable. Take the corn yields that have been discussed. The
range that I have heard has been from 90 to 214 bushels per acre.
The 214 seems to be a more isolated yield, with other yields running
20 bushels under that. Most corn yields seem to be running from 120
to 170 bushels per acre, with areas that had rain on the upper end
and dryer areas running lower yield averages.
soybean yields, the range of yields has been from 30 to 74 bushels
per acre. Both the top and the bottom yields of the range are
extreme. Most soybean yields have been from the low 40s to the low
50s, with rainfall and the relative maturity of the soybean having
the major influence on yields. This year the mid to late Group 3
soybeans seem to have a yield advantage because of rains that fell
very late in the growing season. The earlier maturing soybeans were
already mature when the rains fell. The earlier beans have also had
smaller seeds and lesser seed quality on the whole.
harvest continues, we’ll begin to get a better handle on where the
yields will settle. Of course the Illinois Department of Agriculture
will provide its county yield estimates in February. But in the end
we only tend to focus on our own farms and fields, as they are the
ones that have to pay the bills.
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annual ritual of evaluating corn borer damage has begun in the
county. In fact, we are about to complete our field assignments.
Each year, we are asked to assess corn borer damage and counts in 10
fields. Last year the counts of overwintering corn borers were light
in the west area of the county and heavier to the east. This year
the counts seem to have averaged out with heavy populations in most
areas of the county.
thus far on the survey show about 80 percent plant infestation and
about two corn borers present per plant. Some plants that were
damaged had no borers currently in them, as the borers had moved on.
Other plants had as high as eight borers in one plant.
results of our county survey will be sent to campus to combine with
the other counties conducting surveys. This data collection helps
campus specialists with predictions for overwintering numbers and
potential damage for next year.