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Late planted cover crops

Posted by Russel Higgins -

The cover crop study initiated in 2012  were planted later than recommended. How did they do? Emergence among the grasses (Oats,Cereal rye, Annual rye)was very good, with top growth between 3-4 inches, impressive for October plantings. The clover, canola and vetch emerged well, but are 1/4 to 2 inches in height....

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North Central Weed Science Society

I have finished day two in St. Louis at the North Central Weed Science Society meeting. It is the first NCWSS program I have attended and I find and the format very interesting. Beyond the opening general session the entirety of the conference consists of 15 minute presentations by graduate students, academics, and industry folks. What have I learned so far? Herbicide resistant weed pop...

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Tillage studies

With harvest finished at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center; we are concentrating on our last pieces of field work. We noticed an apparent increase in tillage operations that have taken place across Illinois; including tillage operations on soybean stubble ( dubbed "revenge tillage" by Dr. Emerson Nafziger ). The apparent renewed interest in tillage has spurred us to...

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2013 Seed selections

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn

Many producers are currently selecting corn hybrids and soybean varieties for the 2013 growing season. Visit the Illinois Variety Testing website to see and download results at vt.cropsci.illinois.edu . Results can be downloaded either as PDF files for printing or as Excel spreadsheet files that allow sorting by yield or other data....

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Nitrogen; will it stay or will it go?

The wild card in any discussion of overwintering nutrients is nitrogen. Even in areas that had better than expected yields we found high levels of nitrogen in the nitrate form in the top 12 inches of the soil profile. 2012 was a year of limited nitrogen usage and loss. Several samples pulled in DeKalb and in Grundy County recorded 29 ppm of Nitrate N in the top 12 inches of the soil profile, which...

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