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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. Sudden death syndrome symptoms are often found in patches  in the field.
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The first indications of an epidemic year for sudden death syndrome?

A couple of weeks ago during my morning commute to work between Galesburg and Monmouth a patch of soybeans about 20 feet from the highway was yellow enough to be seen while driving more than 55 mph. Last Thursday, I found a spot to park along the side of the highway to try and figure out what may be causing these symptoms. Narrowing down a disease diagnosis. At eye-leve...

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CEU Opportunity: Soil Health Webinar - August 24, 2016

Field agronomists, farmers and others interested in soil health are encourage to join the soil health webinar on Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The webinar will be presented by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS), and qualifies for one soil and water continuing education...

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Upcoming webinar for farmers: Putting a Value on Sweat Equity

Webinar: Putting a Value on Sweat Equity On Tuesday, August 23 at 9 a.m. (CDT) the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture will host a webinar focused on farm succession planning entitled Putting a Value on Sweat Equity in the Farm Business , which will be presented by Purdue agricultural economist Michael Langemeier and Purdue Extension's Denise Schroed...

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Figure. Bleached or tan colored husk leaves associated with Diplodia ear mold.
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Disease Alert: Diplodia ear mold in 2016

Symptoms and signs of Diplodia ear mold. In the past couple of weeks, symptoms of ear mold have popped up at the Northwestern Illinois Ag R&D Center. While most fields have rows upon rows of healthy-looking husk leaves enveloping plump ears, in some fields individual ears stand out as the husk leaves are a bleached or tan color ( Figure ). Upon peeling back t...

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Figure. These corn ears were picked on August 3, 2016 in Monmouth, IL. Why are these corn ears so different? How might this difference affect yield estimates?
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Why are these corn ears so different? How might this difference affect yield estimates?

While my inclination is to joke and say that the obvious difference must be that the larger ear was grown in Illinois while the smaller ear was grown in another state (four letters, also starts with an 'I'…..), this isn't it. A estimate of yields in a field full of the more moderate-sized ear (612 kernels/ear) at an ear population of 33,000 would be 260 bu/A. While estimated  of a field...

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So many acronyms: DNA...GMOs... What is everyone talking about?

DNA. The results of a consumer preference survey conducted in January of 2015 by Oklahoma State University's Department of Agricultural Economics indicate that there is sometimes a disconnect between reality and public perception. When surveyed regarding support or opposition to potential government policies,...

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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.

Weed Management Resources - How do Your Fields Look?

Posted by Angie Peltier - Weeds
From reports of soybean fields near St. Louis destined for mowing rather than harvest to thick lawns of waterhemp beginning to emerge from soybean fields nearer to the Northwestern Illinois Ag R&D Center, weeds are a major problem in many Illinois farm fields in 2016. What in the world is going on? Why have weeds become such an urgent issue this year? There are likely severa...

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