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Are decent yields within reach?

Soybeans and corn shown in McLean County on a cloudy morning Thursday / CIFN photo.

LEXINGTON – Recent rainfall combined with fungicide applications this summer should help growers achieve decent corn and soybean yields.

Andy Killian, who manages the Brandt Lexington location in McLean County, says the crops look great out there as most producers finished fungicide applications on beans in recent weeks.

“We got a timely rain here – anywhere from a half inch to four inches, so it was kind of all over the board,” Killian told The Central Illinois Farm Network.

Before this week, the Lexington area was on the verge of needing some moisture. Lawns were starting to turn brown but are now greening back up with all of the rainfall.

This was one of the largest fungicide seasons in recent memory.

“I’ll be honest: walking fields, we definitely needed it,” said Killian.

Southern Rust has been spotted around here along with Gray Leaf Spot. Fungicide applications were an easy decision for farmers in 2021.

“I think it’s going to help standability.”

Killian still encourages crop scouting for pests. On the soybean side, many have been mixing insecticide in with fungicide applications because of the positive synergistic effect. There weren’t too many Japanese beetles spotted this year.

“If you look at the silks on corn, they’re still pretty long and haven’t really got clipped off yet so we just haven’t seen a lot of insect pressure.”

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