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Hill and Furrow

Current topics about crop production in Western Illinois, including field crops research at the NWIARDC in Monmouth.
Figure. Black cutworm moth captured at the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center in Spring 2012. Note the characteristic black 'dagger' shaped markings located in the lower portion of the wing.
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Black cutworm trap: significant flight in fewer than 24 hours!

In cooperation with Kelly Estes of the Illinois Natural History Survey, every April personnel at the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center (NWIARDC) maintain a pheromone trap to monitor black cutworm (BCW) moths. Pheromones , or the sex hormones that are produced by female BCW moths, are...

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Grain bins

Temperature fluctuations outside can lead to temperature and moisture issues in stored grain

It is widely understood that the quality of grain coming out of storage is never going to be better than the quality of that grain going into storage. For some that stored 2016 corn, Diplodia and other ear molds ensured that grain quality going into storage was not of ideal quality. Fluctuating air temperatures this winter and spring has the potential to cause moisture or hot-spots to develop in s...

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Figure. Anhydrous ammonia tank (Gerald Holmes, Valent USA Corporation, Bugwood.org).

Dr. Nafziger to Present Nitrogen Management Webinar on Thursday, March 30

In the Bulletin , Dr. Emerson recently announced a nitrogen management webinar that he will present this Thursday: "On Thursday, March 30 beginning at 9:00 AM, I will present a webinar summarizing our recent N management research, which is funded by the Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council (NREC) using fertilizer checkoff funds. Topics will include the status...

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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.

Evaluate your herbicide-resistance management plan by answering these 5 questions

Posted by Angie Peltier - Weeds

Over time farm sizes have increased as the number of farmers has decreased. This, along with the trend toward soil conservation and the wide-spread adoption of no- or reduced-tillage, has led to the increased reliance on herbicides as the only weed management strategy many employ. Herbicides bind to specific molecules in plants -known as a herbicide's site of action (SOA)- which interferes with...

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Participating Counties

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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