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Agronomy Night Flyer March 2 2015 final

Bureau-LaSalle-Marshall-Putnam Agronomy Night

Posted by Russel Higgins -
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

Posted by Russel Higgins -
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

Posted by Russel Higgins -
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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Will 2015 be as good as 2014?

Last week the Northern Illinois Crop Management Conference took place at Malta and featured a number of speakers and specialists who shared their expertise. Here are some of the takeaway comments that I garnered from Dr. Emerson Nafziger. He took a look back at 2014 and posed the question, is this as good as it gets? Despite high yields and record-high cr...

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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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