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University of Illinois Extension
Joe Spencer

Rootworm biology and management

Posted by Russel Higgins -

A concern of corn growers in several areas of the state is the efficacy of their 2014 Western corn rootworm management plan. Some Northern Illinois farmers were surprised when combining the 2013 corn crop, evidence of lodged corn and a corresponding dip recorded by yield monitors made many question their current rootworm management program. I...

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Dr. Emerson Nafziger
University of Illinois

Could we have another late planting season?

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn

After a short (and welcome) respite from below average temperatures the return of cold is forecast for the last week of February. Are we in for another late planting season? It's time to relax, even though we are just a week away from meteorological spring and still have considerable snow atop frozen ground; things can change in a hurry. Speaking at the Northern Illinois Crop Management Conf...

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Dr. Mike Gray;  
University of Illinois

Busy week!

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn

The previous week was a busy one for many agribusiness folks and farmers, educational program opportunities are starting to wrap up as spring and the crop production season nears. Last Wednesday and Thursday attendees to the Northern Illinois Crop Management Conference heard twelve speakers on varied commercial agriculture topics. In his presentation, Dr. Mike Gray, University of Illinois Extensio...

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icicles

Another snow day!

Posted by Russel Higgins - Weather

An evening snow storm that dropped an additional 4 to 7+ inches of snow over most of northern Illinois again caused the cancellation of many schools and activities in northern Illinois. As I watch the icicles forming on my office grow to almost stalactite size I again have been searching for an agricultural silver lining in the weather we have been experiencing. The (at times) sub zero weather cou...

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