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Northern Illinois Palmer amaranth field day

My commercial agriculture educator peers and I were planning a late growing season trip to Tennessee to learn how researchers are dealing with Palmer amaranth. The discovery of an established Palmer population in Kankakee County eliminated the need to travel. Instead, the Palmer came to us. Dr. Larry Steckel, Extension Weed Specialist from the University of Tennessee will be one of the speakers pr...

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Posted by Russel Higgins at 9:47PM on 7/26/2014
Categories: Weeds


Soybean maturity and planting date research

Jake Vossenkemper, graduate research assistant in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois shared preliminary findings on a three year research project evaluating yield effects from soybean maturity and planting date at the NIARC Agronomy Day. At the end of this growing season; two years of data will have been collected at our research center. The take home message from Jake's...

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Posted by Russel Higgins at 3:30PM on 7/16/2014

July 10th Agronomy Day Program - Doug Maxwell

Weed resistance update from NIARC Agronomy Day

On July 10th at the NIARC Agronomy day, Doug Maxwell, principal research specialist from the University of Illinois Department of Crop Sciences shared weed control research underway at the research center. Attendees had the opportunity to view herbicide, herbicide combinations and programs effectiveness on the spectrum of northern Illinois weeds in both corn and soybean settings. A collection of p...

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Posted by Russel Higgins at 9:21PM on 7/13/2014
Categories: Herbicides Weeds

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Preparing for NIARC Agronomy Day!

Lots of activity at the NIARC as we count the days to this weeks Agronomy program. After a tumultuous start we are are excited that the July weather is predicted to cooperate for our event. Your time is valuable and limited, so we have concentrated our summer agronomy program with a great lineup of University of Illinois specialists and researchers into a morning program. The July 10th...

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Posted by Russel Higgins at 1:00PM on 7/7/2014

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Ponded fields

Quite a week weather-wise, measured rainfall over the last 7 days currently stands at over 3 inches as storm fronts repeatedly rolled across central DeKalb County. Rainfall in Northern Illinois has ranged from slightly over 2 inches to 8+ inches. In some areas the ponding persists in crop fields. What damage is done and how long can the plants survive under these conditions? Flooding reduces yi...

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Posted by Russel Higgins at 1:47PM on 6/23/2014

Jap beetle trap 2014

Insect pest arrivals

Japanese beetle catches have been reported in central and southern Illinois. We have a trap in place at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center and will share the date of our first catch. In addition to the arrival of the Japanese beetle we are also trapping for European corn borer, Corn earworm, and Western bean Cutworm. Jim Morrison, retired Extension Crops Educator has reported his fi...

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Posted by Russel Higgins at 5:44PM on 6/19/2014
Categories: Insects


Summer like weather

Weather seems to have turned in favor of crop growth. After reaching 85 degrees today we are expecting several days of above average temperatures. Most of the corn at the Research center is between V6 and V7 and should exhibit very rapid growth under the expected conditions.The corn at the NIARC is exhibiting great color and lack of nitrogen at our location is not an issue. We have several studies...

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Posted by Russel Higgins at 4:58PM on 6/16/2014