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Did I plant too early?

Did Northern Illinois farmers jump the gun? After several days of above average temperatures that allowed many to start planting,  the weather pattern has shifted dramatically. State climatologist Dr. Jim Angel has shared that in the near-future, the 6-10 and 8-14 day forecast indicate that colder-than-average conditions will prevail for the next two weeks. For precipitation, there is an increa...

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Planting underway in Northern Illinois

Powerful storms traversed Northern Illinois last week, limiting field operations, but reports of corn going into the ground in areas that missed the precipitation are trickling in. Most farmers will be anxious to start planting when field conditions now become suitable. We managed to plant our first corn at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center on April 7th, earlier than our recommenda...

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Dennis And Robert UAV

UAV training

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The commercial agriculture educators in Illinois realize the potential uses of unmanned aerial vehicles have in agriculture and are set to introduce UAV's to projects in 2015. Dennis Bowman has taken the lead on the project and coordinated the acquisition and training for the other educators. This week Robert Bellm and I were on campus receiving instructions and flying lessons in the Stock Pavi...

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Spring tasks

Posted by Russel Higgins - Wheat
Finally! Winter is loosening its grip on northern Illinois. Another sure sign of spring is the gathering of the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center Advisory committee. This Friday they will gather to learn the results from the 2014 projects shared by Dr. Emerson Nafziger and Dr. Greg Steckel. They will also have the opportunity to provide input on 2015 scheduled research projects. Our cu...

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Agronomy Night Flyer March 2 2015 final

Bureau-LaSalle-Marshall-Putnam Agronomy Night

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Join us on March 2nd for a two hour evening agronomy program from 6:30 to 8:30 at Illinois Valley Community College in Oglesby. I'll be sharing 2014 activities and results from the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center as well as an update on cover crop research taking place at the University of Illinois. There is no cost for the program, but advance registration is requested by calling 815-2...

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2014 county yields

County yields for northern Illinois

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The county yields are in! 2014 corn yields in northern Illinois were slightly lower than those harvested in central Illinois counties.  The Northeast reporting region was led by Grundy County with a 205.1 bushel yield.  LaSalle, DeKalb and Boone Counties all averaged between 190 and 200 bushels per acre. The Northwest reporting region was topped by Carrol County at 196.1 bushels per acr...

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Certified livestock manager training in Northern Illinois

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There are several opportunities for livestock producers in Northern Illinois to attend a certified livestock manager training session in Northern Illinois. February 24 th Sycamore February 25 th Galesburg February 26 th Freeport The Illinois General Assembly passed the Livestock Management Facilities Act (LMFA) on...

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