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Crop Observations from Southern Illinois

Nitrogen Loss Under Wet Field Conditions

Posted by Robert Bellm -

Periodic thunderstorms have rolled through the state in the past month, and continue to do so today. The spacial variability of these precipitation events serve to remind me that, while climate indicates a general trend, weather is often a very localized event. This is emphasized by the May 28 USDA Weather & Crop Report , which indicates that 89 percent of the corn crop statewide has b...

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More on Wheat Diseases - Fusarium Head Blight

Posted by Robert Bellm -

Following up on yesterday's blog entry, Dr. Carl Bradley has written another Bulletin article on Fusarium head blight (FHB) of wheat. FHB, also commonly referred to as "scab" is the most serious wheat disease that we potentially deal with each year. Not only can it seriously reduce yield and test weight, grain...

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Be on the Lookout for Wheat Diseases

Posted by Robert Bellm -

Depending upon where you are located in the southern third of the state, wheat development ranges from Feekes Growth Stage 9 (flag leaf fully emerged), to approaching Feekes Growth Stage 10.5 (heading complete, but not flowering). This is a critical time period for wheat development, and fields should be carefully scouted to monitor for fungal leaf and head diseases. On May 3, Dr. Carl Bradley wro...

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