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Current topics about crop production in Western Illinois, including field crops research at the NWIARDC in Monmouth.
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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Figure. Northwestern Illinois Ag R&D Center personnel till a corn field after harvest.
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Did the recent rains delay your plans to till the soil for a 2017 soybean crop? You might be glad they did.

In 1995, a long-term research trial was established at the Northwestern Illinois Ag R&D Center (NWIARDC) to study the effects of crop rotation and tillage on corn, soybean and wheat yields and cropping system profitability. There are many factors that go into making the decision about which row crops to grow in a particular region: soil types, growing region and climate, grain prices and th...

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Registration now open for the 2017 Regional Crop Management Conferences

Registration is open for the 2017 Crop Management Conferences. These regional conferences provide a forum for discussion and interaction between participants and university researchers and are designed to address a wide array of topics pertinent to crop production in Illinois: crop management, pest management, nutrient management, soil and water management. Certified Crop Advisers can e...

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Figure. Daily soil temperatures at 4 inches under sod and bare soil at the Northwestern IL Ag R&D Ctr. in Monmouth in 2016 (Data Source: WARM).
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Fall Nitrogen: Strategies to Hang onto it Until the 2017 Crop Needs it

Progress: Harvest and other Fall Operations. For the week ending November 6, the USDA's National Ag Statistics Service estimates that 95 percent of the corn and 92 percent of the soybeans in the Western Illinois crop reporting district have been harvested (...

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