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Crop Observations from Southern Illinois
Canola harvest

Canola Harvest is Complete

Posted by Robert Bellm -

Earlier this week we were able to complete the grain harvest from the canola research trial here at the Center. The purpose of the trial was to compare varietal response to nitrogen and sulfur treatments. We have been hand-harvesting one block of the trial every 10 days this spring to measure nitrogen use efficiency and biomass accumulation. As the picture shows, the grain harvest was s...

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Suction trap

No, It's Not a Rocket.........

Posted by Robert Bellm -

If you've driven past the research center in the past week, you've probably noticed a strange looking contraption erected near the fence. No, it's not a rocket, nor is it a giant potato gun. It is actually a suction trap used to monitor apid populations as they fluctuate throughout the summer. The suction trap had been a fixture at the Center for a number of years, but blew down and was damaged...

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