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NIARC update

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn

Its a challenge to find time to share an update. Favorable weather has allowed almost all farmers in northern Illinois to actively perform field operations and plant. The earliest corn planted has emerged and can now be rowed from the road. Yesterday at the NIARC we had 4 planters in operation (for a combined 16 rows!). Variety testing, entomology, and Dr. Brian Diers soybean breeding crew were all on site. Our research agronomist, Dr. Greg Steckel has also been planting studies including fertility plots, soybean flowering and corn residue removal research. Today we are planting our tillage study before moving on.

A special thanks to Mike Friedlund from Syngenta for helping out our researchers in a bind yesterday!


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