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Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center

Farm bill training opportunities in northern Illinois

Posted by Russel Higgins -
I enjoyed visiting with many farmers in December and January while partnering with FSA staff sharing insight on the 2014 Farm Bill. We are nearing the February 27th deadline for the decisions to keep current or update yields and to retain or reallocate base acres. For those who have yet to contact their local FSA office, I would encourage you to do so. Most are setting up appointments to handle th...

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2015 Northern Illinois Crop Management Conference

Posted by Russel Higgins -
We are excited about the 2015 version of the Northern Illinois Crop Management Conference to be held February 11th and 12th at the Kishwaukee College Conference Center. In addition to our regulars, including Drs. Emerson Nafziger, Mike Gray, Carl Bradley and Ken Olson, we have scheduled University of Illinois nematode specialist Dr. Nathan Schroeder and Dr. Maria Villamil. Also joining us will be...

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Princeton Ag Expo

Illinois Variety Testing corn and soybean yield results available

After a brief respite with warmer but wetter weather over the weekend it appears that northern Illinois is returning to below average temperatures, essentially putting an end to fall activities including soil testing and tillage. While we are still in the process of tabulating and double checking our yield data from the research farm for 2014, available now are corn and soybean yield results fr...

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Upcoming agricultural programs

Posted by Russel Higgins -
There is no shortage of opportunities in future months to pick up some expertise that could help your farming operation in 2015. A number of University of Illinois agricultural programming events and dates have been announced including the 2014 Ag Masters Conference held at the I-Hotel on the University of Illinois campus on December 15 and 16 th . One of the key stre...

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Almost done

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn
Harvest of research plots is complete at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center, we still have some corn acreage that can be harvested quickly with the centers big combine. Like many farmers in northern Illinois we are running into a storage crunch, our remaining corn is going to have to go directly to the elevator. We are starting to compile and analyze the data taken of the plot combi...

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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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