Agronomist expecting average or better yields in southern Illinois

A Beck’s Hybrids agronomist says there is still potential for average or above average corn and soybean yields in southern Illinois.

Ben Wiegmann tells Brownfield there are some corn fields that faced too much drought stress during pollination, but other areas have recovered well.

“A lot of the corn that I’ve looked at here in the past week to 10 days, we’re hitting these cool nights and we have ample moisture and a lot of that milk line isn’t moving a lot. So, I think we can pack a lot of starch in those kernels and preserve a lot of yield.”

He says a driving factor of high yielding corn last season was a pattern of cool nights during grain fill.  

Wiegmann says he is more excited about soybean yields since he has seen good stands across all planting dates, including double crop.

“I think our soybean crop can be good outside of those areas that have had too much water as of late. But there are definitely some areas that have been getting 1/2 of an inch to an inch of rain periodically. And I think the beans in those areas can be very, very good and high yielding as well.”

He says some of the early planted soybeans especially are starting to battle pressure from diseases including Red Crown Rot, Charcoal Rot and Sudden Death Syndrome.

Audio: Interview with Ben Wiegmann

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