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At least were thinking about planting!

Posted by Russel Higgins -

Current weather has planting prospects appearing distant in northern Illinois. Let's compare the average daily temperatures from March 16 th – 21 st from 2012 and 2013 recorded at the NIARC. NIARC              2012              2013 March 16       66.3            30.1 March 17       65.8            29.3...

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Great day for geese

Posted by Russel Higgins -

This weekend brought the projected warm up and precipitation, close to 3/4 of an inch in most of northern Illinois. Some frost is still in the ground, evidenced by ponding and the appreciative geese. Are we losing nitrogen? It is likely, the fields are simply too muddy in Morris to allow a trek to observe if the tile lines are running, but I suspect they are. Certainly a catch-22, for many in nort...

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No snow days!

Posted by Russel Higgins -

No snow days for farmers, especially if you have livestock. Our snowfall (once melted) at the NIARC was .86 inches from Tuesdays storm. Will 2013 replicate 2012? By the latter half of March in 2012 we had reached 82 degrees. For more images like the one above, become a friend of the University of Illinois Facebook page https://w...

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Seeing green

Posted by Russel Higgins -

That's right; I plan on seeing green this weekend. No, I'm not going to the unofficial St. Patrick's festivities on campus. Another location where I expect lots of green (and gold) to be on display is at the Alpha Tau Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho at Western Illinois University. My old house is celebrating 50 years and at last count had nearly 350 actives and guests signed up for Saturday...

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