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Current topics about crop production in Western Illinois, including field crops research at the NWIARDC in Monmouth.
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February 28 Soil Fertility Seminar to offer continuing education

Soil fertility, crop production practices and environmental stewardship will be the foci of a Soil Fertility Seminar on February 28, 2017 in 18 different University of Illinois Extension county offices. Presentations will be delivered through web conferencing from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Topics and speakers will include: Increasing importance of sulfur for field cro...

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Figure. First-year Palmer amaranth infestations are unlikely to look like the one captured by former Extension Educator Robert Bellm in this soybean field near St. Louis. The crop producer intended to mow this field in an effort to minimize additions to the soil weed seed bank.

Stakeholders needed: Herbicide resistance listening session at Commodity Classic

Posted by Angie Peltier - Weeds

Are you an Illinois farmer? How about an Illinois Ag chemical retailer, seed dealer, crop consultant, machinery/implement dealer, pesticide manufacture or public landowner? Are you planning on attending the Commodity Classic in San Antonio in March? Would you be willing to share your experiences regarding herbicide resistance management? If you answered yes…….....

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Figure. Waterhemp plants are beginning to poke their way through the canopy in many soybean fields in late July in Western Illinois.

Register before the deadline this Friday: Weed Management Workshop in Pekin and Lewistown

U of I Extension communications specialist Anita Wilkinson summarizes the workshops as follows: A weed management workshop will be held at the Fulton County Extension Office in Lewistown on Feb. 7 and the Tazewell County Extension Office in Pekin on Feb. 9. and will feature the following topics: Weed ID and growth habits Herbicide sites of action...

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Figure. Profile photo of the waterhemp infestation in a soybean field in Western Illinois in 2015.

Running Out of Options: The science behind herbicide-resistant weeds, a 1-hour live #askACES Twitter chat with University of Illinois weed scientists

Posted by Angie Peltier - Weeds

On Thursday, January 19 from noon-1 p.m. (CST) Dr. Pat Tranel and Dr. Aaron Hager from the Department of Crop Sciences will take part in an #askACES chat on Twitter to discuss the latest on herbicide-resistant weeds and the challenges they pose to production agriculture. Use #askACES to ask your questions about what causes resistance, how to manage resistance, what has to...

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Figure. Symptoms of sudden death syndrome (SDS) beginning to appear in Western Illinois soybeans. Yellowing and browning of the tissue between leaf veins is one symptom that can help in diagnosis.

Results from 2016 SDS cover crop x seed treatment trial available

One commonality among people is that topics of curiosity are often shared with others. Sometimes these anecdotes can reveal topics that are in need of further study. The 2015 growing season was one that favored sudden death syndrome (SDS) in soybean, which tended to be quite severe in some areas of western Illinois. One anecdote was passed along to me by Mr. Mike Roegge, a now retired...

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Extension Bi-State Crops Conferences in and near Western Illinois

New and longer-term partnerships between personnel in Illinois and personnel in Missouri and Iowa have resulted in several bi-state crops conferences to be held during January 2017 in Western Illinois or Eastern Iowa. Friday, January 6, 2017: Bi-State Crop Advantage Conference, Burlington, IA, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM...

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Figure. Aerial picture of the USB-sponsored Commercial SDS Variety Trial at the Northwestern Illinois Ag R&D Center in Monmouth in 2016. The difference in variety maturity is evident in this picture. Moving left to right are varieties in Early MG II, Late MG II, Early MG III and Late MG III. Many varieties in the Early II MGs are mature, many of those in the Late II MGs are nearing maturity, while those in MG III are not as far along.
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2016 SDS Commercial Variety Test Results Available

This past growing season, as part of a United Soybean Board-funded effort, personnel from Southern Illinois University, Iowa State University and University of Illinois evaluated more than 580 soybean varieties from 22 seed companies in sudden death syndrome (SDS) variety trials. The varieties that were evaluated ranged from the very early (MG 0) to late (MG V) maturity groups. Maturity groups...

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