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Harvest continues

Harvest activities continue at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center, our latest planted and last soybean were harvested this week. Much of the yield data will require closer scrutiny before final release of the results, but here are a few preliminary impressions from the combine seat. At our location, even in a favorable weather year, our continuous corn appears to fall significantly...

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Killing frost?

Over the weekend the NIARC experienced a minimum recorded temperature of 31.6 degrees. We expect a temperature of 28 degrees or lower to kill the entire corn or soybean plant, but cool temperatures near 28 can injure or damage the upper leaves of plants. That is what we are observing on our late planted soybean at the NIARC. With funding from the Nutrient Research & Education C...

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Scouting weeds pre-harvest

Posted by Russel Higgins - Weeds
In a recent Bulletin article Dr. Aaron Hager, University of Illinois Weed specialist reminds farmers to be alert for amaranth or pigweed species in your fields. http://bulletin.ipm.illinois.edu/?p=2754 In his article Dr. Hager shared that identification of the various species becomes much more reliable when reproductive stru...

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Cover Crops 2014

Harvest has started at NIARC

Last week we harvested group 1.8 maturity soybean to allow the planting of the winter wheat trials at the NIARC. Our combine yield monitor had the soybean near 60 bushels an acre. On September 16th we planted our 2014 cover crops into standing corn and soybean. We hand seed the cover crops to emulate aerial seeding. Cover crops used in this NIARC study include Oilseed radish, Winter rye, Annual ry...

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Effect of cooler weather

Posted by Russel Higgins - Weather
Northern Illinois farmers are waiting for favorable weather to insure the 2014 crop reaches maturity and initiates dry down. The National Agricultural Statistics Service report shared that for the week ending September 14th; 92% of the corn was dented with 29% mature in the NW crop reporting district. 81% of the corn was dented and 8% was mature in the NE crop reporting district....

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Late season soybean diseases

Posted by Russel Higgins -
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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Harvest dates?

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn
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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