Corn

Scott Schirmer / Illinois Department of Agriculture

Corn may be ubiquitous in DeKalb County, but it isn't immune to external threats.

A sample from a corn field recently tested positive for bacterial leaf streak. DeKalb is the first county in Illinois to have a USDA-verified case of the disease.

It’s similar to symptoms of gray leaf spots – which farmers come across frequently – except bacterial leaf streak cannot be treated with fungicides.

"Corn" by Flickr User Miroslav Vajdic / (CC X 2.0)

Crop experts say the recent heat and humidity that has hit Illinois is ideal for the state's soybean and corn crops.

Nikki Keltner is a program coordinator for the University of Illinois Extension, which covers Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Winnebago counties.

She says early ear counts indicate above-average corn production in the area unless there is severe weather or other issues.

Premier Cooperative recently completed a survey of local cornfields in Champaign County as well as parts of Vermilion, Piatt and Douglas counties.

Jonathan Haas / for NIU Today

A report led by two northern Illinois anthropologists sheds new light on a South American civilization’s origins…and its dependence on corn.