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Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center
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Tracking nitrogen and Black cutworm

One of the studies underway at multiple locations in Illinois, including the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center, will track the nitrogen fertilizer applied at varied times (fall, early spring, at planting, sidedress) and from different sources (UAN and Anhydrous Ammonia). Soil samples are collected at 0-1 and 1-2 feet and analyzed for nitrogen content. To insure uniformity, NIARC research...

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Crops are not the only things emerging in fields

Posted by Russel Higgins - Weeds
I encourage farmers to scout planted fields to evaluate crop stands, planter performance, and look for emergence issues. It is also an important time to evaluate the efficacy of pre-emergence herbicides. Waiting until we finish with soybean planting may leave fields with weeds that have already exceeded the size where they can successfully be controlled with post herbicide applications. Scoutin...

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Productive week at NIARC and Northern Illinois

Prior to the weekend storm events that rolled across northern Illinois, tremendous progress was made in planting the 2015 corn crop. Planters were running late into the night despite temperatures that stayed near or slightly below seasonal averages for most of the week. Statewide, NASS reported that corn planting advanced 38% in the week ending May 3rd. In addition to planting corn and soybean plo...

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Corn emergence

We are nearing the end of April when we would normally expect to see early planted corn emerging in northern Illinois. In my travels I have yet to see any corn that can be rowed from the road, despite being planted over two weeks ago. At the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center we have corn that has now been in the ground for three weeks in our date of planting study that we expect to emerge...

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Back in the field

Despite an overnight low that reached 25.6 degrees early this morning we are following the advice of Dr. Emerson Nafziger and returning to plant fields that are in suitable condition at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center.  In a Bulletin article posted on April 22nd Emerson addressed the question of Planting into Cool Soils - Yes or No....

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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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