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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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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. 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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