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1919 Annual Farm Adviser Meeting

University of Illinois Extension - 100 years of agricultural programming

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn

January and February are very busy months for agriculture meetings in Illinois. As we actively promote and market our programs it is interesting to reflect on the 100 years of agricultural education efforts that have taken place in Illinois. In the University of Illinois library archives Jane Scherer discovered the above photo of the Illinois Farm Advisers annual meeting on campus in 1919 (I belie...

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Rootworm management and biology meeting

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn

It has been cold! So cold that the Illinois River at Morris is nearly frozen from edge to edge. This is one of the very few times I have seen this event. Will the extreme cold be detrimental to the insect population, rootworms in particular? Join us at the Corn rootworm management and biology meeting at the NIARC and find out. This meeting will be of special interest to those questioning the ef...

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2014 Northwest Illinois Grazing Conference

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Many producers are looking forward to weather that will allow their livestock to meet their nutritional needs by grazing instead of consuming hay. The 2014 Northwest Illinois Grazing Conference can help you learn how to renovate your pasture acres, increase your pastured acres or simply improve your pasture efficiency....

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Northern Illinois Crop Management Conference three weeks away!

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An opportunity for northern Illinois agronomists and farmers to interact with University specialists without traveling far from home is quickly approaching. The program is targeted for agribusiness and producers. The Northern Illinois Crop Management Conference takes place on February 12 th and 13 th at Kishwaukee College in Malta. The two day program will f...

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Conservation Cropping Seminar in Northern Illinois

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One of three Conservation Cropping Seminars in Illinois takes place in our area on January 28th at the Mendota Civic Center. The program is co-sponsored by the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Natural Resource and Conservation Service (USDA), American Farmland Trust and the Illinois Stewardship Alliance. Agenda and registration information for the Mendota meeting can be found here...

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2014 Corn and Soybean Classic - Malta

Corn & Soybean Classic

The Corn and Soybean Classic moved through northern Illinois yesterday. This is the 17th year of the University of Illinois outreach program that brings agronomy and economic research from the University to the rest of the state. I was part of an audience of nearly 100 that garnered some interesting facts from the speakers. Here are just a few; Jim Angel...

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Tillage decisions

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The late harvest hindered the extent of fall tillage many producers had intended to complete. Will there be yield consequences to the 2014 crop? Other factors influence tillage decisions including soil type, crop rotation, residue and drainage. However, a 2013 tillage study at the NIARC showed little difference in corn yield following soybean when comparing tillage systems. No significant differen...

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2013 corn date of planting and fungicide study

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn

An ongoing study at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center is the date of planting of corn and its effect on final yield. We plant a full and shorter season hybrid. Each year we face the same challenges as our local farmers with timely planting. Our first planting in 2013 took place on May 1 st , a full month behind our initial planting date in 2012. Because of the late plantin...

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2014 Northern Illinois Farm Show

2013 soybean yields

Posted by Russel Higgins - Soybeans

While much of the talk has been on the surprising yields from the 2013 corn crop, the corresponding soybean crop could easily be considered an overachiever as well. The northern Illinois crop survived late planting, a cool July, a dry stretch at early seed fill, and late maturity. Soybean harvest at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center did not start until October. Despite the obstacles s...

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Winter programs

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Despite the "Polar Vortex" opportunities for farmers to attend Ag shows and educational programs goes on! This week the IDEAg Northern Illinois Farm Show takes place at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb. If you plan on attending the two day show on either the 8th or 9th be sure to visit the DeKalb University of Illinois Extension booth and say hello....

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