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Late season soybean diseases

Reports of soybean diseases are accelerating in Illinois. While most fields in northern Illinois appear to remain disease free this week, I have noticed small areas in several fields starting to exhibit Sudden death syndrome symptoms. Farmers are encouraged to keep an eye on their maturing soybeans. While most soybean are now at V6 (full seed) and rescue treatments are not recommended, the awar...

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Posted by Russel Higgins at 3:50PM on 8/29/2014
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Harvest dates?

As we near September our 2014 corn and soybean crop appear to be are taking a leisurely trip to maturity. This is in part due to July and the majority of August's below normal temperatures coupled with a delayed planting for most northern Illinois farmers. Utilizing the Illinois State Water Survey Water and Atmospheric Resources monitoring program and inputting May 1 st as a planting...

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Posted by Russel Higgins at 3:56PM on 8/27/2014
Categories: Corn

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August report for northern Illinois, green ditches and green corn

When its mid to late August in northern Illinois and the corn and the ditches are both green, that is usually a positive for expected yields. The 2014 corn and soybean crop are taking a leisurely trip to maturity. This is in part due to recent below normal temperatures coupled with delayed planting dates. Utilizing the Illinois State Water Survey water and atmospheric resources monitoring program...

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Posted by Russel Higgins at 10:55AM on 8/20/2014
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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

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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
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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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