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The Illinois Pesticide Review provides concise information on legislation, regulations, and other developments directly impacting pesticide use in Illinois.
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News from the Macon County Association for Home and Community Education
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Weekly bulletins during the growing season, letting you know what problem pests to look for before they reach your field.
Douglas B. Gucker
Extension Educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms
University of Illinois Extension
3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd.
Decatur, IL 62521
Local Food Systems and Small Farms
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The Agricultural Safety and Health program seeks to provide research-based information and resources that assist individuals and organizations in the understanding and prevention of injury and illness while working in and around Illinois agriculture.
Integrated Pest Management
Comprehensive approach to controlling insects, weeds, and plant pathogens with environmentally and economically sound practices.
Living with Wildlife in Illinois
This website provides residents of Illinois with information about how to coexist with Illinois wildlife.
Dixon Springs Agricultural Center
The Dixon Springs Agricultural Center is the largest experiment station of its kind east of the Mississippi River.
Weekly Outlook is issued each Monday and addresses current and prospective developments in crop and livestock markets.
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- Home Fruit Tree Pruning Resources
A list of helpful publications and videos to guide you through pruning your first fruit tree.
- Out Standing in the Field podcast Episode 2: Weather Scares & Market Swings
Local Food Systems & Small Farms Educator Doug Gucker talks about weather scares, market swings and kids driving tractors in episode 2 of Out Standing in the Field for July 15, 2016.
- Out Standing in the Field podcast Episode 3: A Wet July & Revenue Forecast
Extension Small Farms & Local Foods Educator Doug Gucker talks about the status of east-central Illinois corn and soybeans (the good), an invasion of black moths (the bad) and the revenue projections for 2016 (the not so good).
- Out Standing in the Field podcast Episode 4: Get Ready for Harvest
Extension Educator Doug Gucker talks about the fantastic field conditions in DeWitt, Macon and Piatt Counties, the status of double crop soybeans and preparing for harvest by making sure everything is in working order.
- Out Standing in the Field podcast Episode 5: Corn Diseases, Crop Fallover and Harvest Safety
In our last podcast for September and before harvest starts picking, Extension Local Foods, Small Farms Educator Doug Gucker covers why soybeans may have grown too well this season, corn disease and harvest road safety for farmers.
- Out Standing in the Field podcast Episode 6: USDA Reports Forecast Grim Price Outlook
In the October issue, Local Food Systems & Small Farms Educator Doug Gucker talks about two reports released by the USDA - The World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report and the Crops Production report. Here is the link to the farmdoc report on deflated prices by Carl Zulauf: bit.ly/2e0cXb0
- Out Standing in the Field podcast Episode 7: Deer, XtendiMax & Agriculture Forum
Local Food Systems & Small Farms Educator Doug Gucker talks about being cautious driving this time of year with deer on the move, a new XtendiMax™ and the lengthy instructions that come with it. We also have a series of forums asking Central Illinois farmers what programs they'd like to see Extension provide. Dates and details here: bit.ly/2eWzVgM. Learn more about XtendiMax™ here bit.ly/2f0NL4U on Doug's Acres of Knowledge blog.
- Out Standing in the Field podcast: Episode 1
Educator Doug Gucker covers seasonal agriculture issues specific to DeWitt, Macon and Piatt Counties. Our first episode covers weed stewardship, varying field conditions and wheat stripe rust.
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