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Have the P and K crop removal numbers been adjusted in Illinois?

As the number of harvested acres increase, management decisions including fertilization for the 2014 crop are at hand. Those who attended recent Corn & Soybean Classics or the Northern Illinois Crop Management Conference may remember Dr. Fabian Fernandez sharing preliminary data that suggested the current  "book" values for P and K grain concentrations, used to calculate removal, used in Illi...

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Fall nitrogen aid for corn stover degradation?

Corn and soybeans trials are being harvested today at the NIARC. I have noticed most of the researchers have dug in their closets and wisely brought their cold weather gear for harvest operations. Lack of sunshine and windy conditions makes harvesting with the cab-less plot combines an invigorating experience. A recent conversation with a grower brought up the practice of applying nitro...

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A killing frost

Posted by Russel Higgins - Weather

We have experienced frost for several consecutive days, but even the most hardy plants in our trials have now succumbed to cold temperatures. After reaching early morning sub freezing temperatures on Saturday and Sunday (31.3 and 30.1 degrees) the final blow for most plants took place yesterday when our low temperature of the day dipped to  24.4 degrees. Even our our late planted (mid June) full s...

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Starting corn plots

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn

An overcast day has halted soybean harvest at the NIARC but is allowing us to switch over to corn. Research agronomist Greg Steckel pilots the ALMACO plot combine through the crop rotation study. Despite yet to record a 32 degree temperature this fall, we have visibly seen frost at the NIARC. Although 32° is used to identify frost, visible frost can be seen on the ground and objects when the...

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Plenty of activity at NIARC

Posted by Russel Higgins - Soybeans

Like most northern Illinois farmers, we are taking advantage of favorable October weather. Today at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center Dr. Fred Kolb's researchers planted wheat to evaluate winter hardiness. Also, variety testing harvested their soybean trials. When tabulated, they will be available on the Illinois Variety Testing web site...

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Research plot harvest starts at the NIARC

Posted by Russel Higgins - Soybeans

Farm Foreman Dave Lindgren has cleaned off end rows and fill areas allowing us to start harvesting with the plot combines. Today research agronomist Greg Steckel harvested the early planted soybean variety/maturity/flowering intensity trial and also the soybean in the crop rotation study. A late season disease arrival in Illinois was discovered by Dr. Carl Bradley. While returning from...

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Visit with campus specialists

Posted by Russel Higgins - Weeds

Yesterday the commercial agriculture educators had the opportunity to visit with campus specialists to garner updates from the 2013 growing season. The information that most resonated with me was shared by Dr. Aaron Hager, Associate Professor of Weed Science at the University of Illinois. Northern Illinois has been dealing with its own set of problematic weeds in 2013 including Giant rag...

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Late season lodging

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn

As farmers are starting to ramp up harvest in northern Illinois reports of lodged corn from rootworm traited hybrids are starting to trickle in. Dr. Mike Gray addressed issues found with the Cry3Bb1 event on first year corn in an August 27th posting in the Illinois Bulletin. http://bulletin.ipm.illinois.edu/?p=1629...

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IEAA fall meeting, southern Illinois

Posted by Russel Higgins -

The Illinois Extension Agricultural Association 2013 fall meeting was hosted by our southern district. Near the town of Keenes we toured Frey Farms, best known as the nation's top producer of Jack O Lantern pumpkins. Justin Talley shared the history and breadth of the Frey Farm operation, now planting product from Florida to Michigan. The challenges of production, packaging, transportation and ma...

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2013 harvest starts in October

Posted by Russel Higgins - Soybeans

Late in the afternoon on October 1st, NIARC farm foreman Dave Lindgren harvested the first soybean (late group 1) of the year. Today that site was fertilized, tilled and seeded into winter wheat. The soybean was not weighed through a research combine, but Dave's yield monitor recorded 50+ bushel beans. Dr. Gary Schnitkey, Department of Agricultural and Consumer E...

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Soybean maturity x planting date x flowering study

Posted by Russel Higgins - Soybeans

One of the studies underway at the NIARC is looking at soybean planting dates (May 14th and June 14th) and maturities ranging from group 1.7 to 3.6. The plot was evaluated on a weekly basis for stage of growth and flowering intensity  (abundance of flowers). As of October 1st the early planted varieties range from R7 beginning maturity to R8 full maturity. The June planted soybean range from R6 fu...

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