Richard Hentschel discusses planting dates for our major farm crops with Russ Higgins, Agriculture Educator for University of Illinois Extension. One of the biggest factors farmers follow is related to the dates crop insurance takes effect. For Corn that date is April 10th and April 15 for Soybeans. Culturally stable oil temperatures 2 or more inches down need to be reached for corn. Soybeans go in after that.
One of our worst summer weeds coming on is Palmer Amaranth, one of the pigweeds. Palmer amaranth can produce more than 400,000 seeds per plant with crop competition and is easily spread by geese and equipment.