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Small grains heading in northern Illinois

Posted by Russel Higgins -

Recently the NIARC hosted the Northern Illinois Small Grains meeting. Dr. Fred Kolb, small grains breeder at the University of Illinois updated the audience on his current research trials. Despite the soggy field conditions farmers also has the opportunity to visit the wheat and oat plots. Dr. Emerson Nafziger shared that wheat in northern Illinois has roughly a 30 day period for grain fill, and would benefit most during the grain fill period from cloudless sunny days. Despite a weather pattern that is not very favorable for high wheat yields (wheat will yield highest in Illinois with a dry May and June) and the presence of Head blight, the crop looks better than expected. The Small Grains meeting was co-sponsored with the Illinois Wheat Association.



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