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Weekend Storms Cause Damage

Posted by Robert Bellm -

Over the past weekend, a line of storms ripped across the area dumping unneeded rain, and in some areas, unneeded hail. While most of the media focussed on the urban damage in the Metro East areas of Madison and St. Clair counties, some of the rural areas suffered damage also. The picture above is what is left of what had been a beautiful field of newly pollinated wheat south of the Brownstown Agr...

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Will April Planted Corn Ever Emerge?

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We planted several corn research trials the week following Easter and have been waiting anxiously to see if any of them are going to emerge. Many producers in the region are doing likewise, and wondering if it is time to tear things up and replant. Fields that were ponded after receiving 3.5 inches of rain the weekend of April 14, as noted in my...

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More Reasons to Scout Wheat

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Dr. Carl Bradley's article in last week's Bulletin indicated that wheat throughout Illinois should be monitored for the development of stripe rust. This disease prefers cool temperatures (<70 degrees), and can spread rapidly throughout the canopy and cause large yield losses under ideal environmental conditions. Th...

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It's Time to Start Scouting Wheat Closely

Posted by Robert Bellm -

Over the next week, the majority of the wheat in the southern part of the state will complete the heading and pollination process. If you are out scouting fields (as you should be), you will pretty quickly notice that many of the flag leaves are discolored, ranging from yellow-to-purple (see first image above). This discoloration is symptomatic of a viral disease infection such as barley yellow...

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What a Difference a Couple of Days Make!

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It's hard to believe that last Friday morning soil conditions were so dry that some growers were considering putting a stop to planting. Three days, and 3+ inches of rain later, Mother Nature has put her own "stop" on planting progress and seedlings that haven't emerged need scuba gear! Hopefully a couple of sunny days along with breezy conditions will dry the soil enough to keep seeds from rottin...

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Wheat Development is Rapidly Progressing

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The picture above is Dr. Carl Bradley's research trial studying fungicide efficacy. The sprinkler system will keep the field environment wet and humid, to help promote both foliar and head diseases. In addition, scab-infected milo seed has been spread to help insure that plenty of inocculum will be present to cause head scab. Only on a research center would one deliberately try to induce a disease...

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Greetings from the Brownstown Agronomy Research Center

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As way of introduction, my name is Robert Bellm, and I am a University of Illinois Commercial Agriculture Crops Extension Educator working out of the University's Brownstown Agronomy Research Center. Modern crop production practices are constantly evolving, and careers in crop production evolve right along with those practices. As a result of the recent reorganization of Extension, m...

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