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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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Center Field Day - July 26, 8 AM

Join personnel from the Northwestern Illinois Ag Research and Demonstration Center for their 36th annual field day on July 26. Buses will leave the research center (321 201th Ave, Monmouth) at 8 AM sharp and travel to different stops where researchers will discuss their research at the center. Presentati...

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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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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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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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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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Figure. A camera located above a sampling probe helps workers in the scale house at a grain elevator in Western Illinois collect samples.

Collecting Grain Samples: Updating P + K Grain Removal Rates

Crop plants have needs that must be met in order for them to grow and reproduce. They need water, sunlight, CO 2 , above-ground space and some sort of matrix into which to extend their roots. Additionally, to meet the needs that are above and beyond what is provided by the seed, plants require nutrients in varying quantities. Nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) are considere...

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Grant Program for Farmers and Ranchers Interested in Increasing Sustainability

From soil erosion to compaction to weed management struggles, farmers know best what is may be limiting crop production or long-term sustainability in the fields that they farm. However during this period of razor-thin margins farmers may be unwilling or unable to fit the costs of experimenting with new conservation practices into their balance sheets. If you are a farmer that has an in...

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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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March 2, 2016 Webinar - Phosphorus Runoff from Surface and Subsurface Fertilizer Applications

An hour-long webinar, scheduled to begin at 9 AM on March 2, will present the results of NREC-funded research regarding how P placement may affect loss....

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1 to 3 PM on Feb 11 - Live Resilient Corn Production Webinar - **CEU Opportunity**

A webinar will be held live, from 1 to 3 pm on Thursday, February 11. See the results of a five-year, multi-state research project focused on farm management practices and their potential for making corn-based agriculture more resilient. The practices provide resiliency in times of drought, reduce soil and nutrient losses under saturated soil conditions, decrease farm field nitrogen...

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Penciling it out: Would splitting your N application work for your operation?

There are economic and environmental pressures for farmers to consider applying their nitrogen at more than one time. Nitrogen that is lost to nitrification and nitrate leaching is not available for crop use. In addition, nitrate-nitrogen lost from farm fields can move into ground and surface waters resulting in water quality and potential regulatory issues. This summer the Illinois EPA...

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Image citation: Daren Mueller, Iowa State University, Bugwood.org

Water, water everywhere: what happens to flooded corn and soybeans?

The Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research & Demonstration Center (NWIARDC) has had 4.73 inches of rain so far in June, 4.4 inches of which fell over a 10 day period. Relatively speaking, the Monmouth area lucked out, as a little bit further to the East Peoria has accumulated 9.06 inches of rain since June 7 and 4 days of more than 1 inch (1 had 2.83 inches total). Frequent and...

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Figure. Foliar symptoms of sudden death syndrome have exploded at the NWIARDC this week.

Investigating the effects of planting date and in-furrow treatments on soybean yield in 2014

What had begun as a study to investigate the effects of planting date and in-furrow treatments (fungicide and starter fertilizer) on soybean yield, morphed into a disease trial after severe symptoms of sudden death syndrome appeared in this trial in mid-August. You will find a details regarding the design and results of this trial...

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2015 Soil Fertility Seminar to be Held in 17 Illinois Counties on February 27

Attendees can learn results of some of the latest soil fertility research going on at Midwestern Universities at the 2015 Soil Fertility Seminar. Certified Crop Advisors can earn up to FIVE Nutrient Management CEUs at the 2015 Soil Fertility Seminar. This seminar, to be held in 17 county Extension offices (see map), will feature the results of some of the most current...

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Figure. The area of the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico varies each year, but has been larger than the ecological limit of 1,991 square miles set by an agreement between representatives from the federal government and 12 states that border the Mississippi River in 27 of the past 30 years. Data source: Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium.

The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy – Draft Available for Public Comment

Public comment period: open until January 24, 2015. On November 25, 2014 the Illinois's Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and Department of Agriculture (IDOA) jointly released a draft Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (INLRS) for public comment. All comments must be either emailed to...

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Exciting Program Planned for the 2015 Regional Crop Management Conferences!

Registration is now open for the 2015 Regional Crop Management Conferences. These 2-day 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 Advi...

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Figure. Frequency of the fall week in which 4 inch soil temperatures remain at or below 50 degrees F (Monmouth, IL: 1989-2013).
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Conserving fall applied N: When have daily soil temperatures fallen to and stayed below 50 degrees?

As farmers wind up harvest in Western Illinois, focus turns to other fall field work such as tillage,  applying herbicides and/or anhydrous ammonia applications. With crop budgets projected to be running in the red for the foreseeable future, producers will be looking for any way to shave production costs, whether it be by ...

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Figure. Table 8.6 from Illinois Agronomy Handbook Chapter 8: Managing Soil pH and Crop Nutrients (2009).

Reminder: Grain samples needed to revise nutrient removal values

Note: click on photo to enlarge or see caption. A University of Illinois project funded by the Nutrient Research and Education Council through fertilizer check-off funds is looking to update grain removal rates of N, P and K. This project, undertaken by state Cropping Systems Agronomy Specialist Emerson Nafziger,...

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Resilient ag conference now open to crop advisors and farmers - Register by July 28th

CCA Continuing Education Units Available. Certified Crop Advisors can earn continuing education credits through in-person and online attendance of the Resilient Agriculture Conference, August 5-7, in Ames, Iowa. Most conference sessions will be live-streamed, with the exception of the field activities and farmers and crop advisors throughout the upper Midwest are encouraged to att...

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2014 NWIARDC Field Day to Highlight Hot Topics in Agriculture

The program is set for the 33 rd annual University of Illinois' Northwestern Agricultural Research Center Field Day. The program will begin at 8 am on Tuesday, July 15 th . Buses will carry members of the public to different stops in the research center where campus-based specialists or Extension personnel will present the results of crop and pest management research...

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Figure. Marty Johnson and Brian Mansfield plant corn at the NWIARDC on April 21, 2014.
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Spring Field Operations

Planting Operations are Underway . Now that soil temperatures have become more favorable for seed germination, Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center (NWIARDC) Research Agronomist Brian Mansfield and Research Specialist Marty Johnson have been hard at work planting corn during the past several days ( Figures ). They take turns operati...

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Upcoming Program - 2013: A Research Year in Review

Have you always wondered what happened at the University of Illinois' Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center just outside of Monmouth on 210 th Avenue? To find out, join us at the Monmouth Country Club (1451 E. 3rd Avenue) at 1 p.m. on March 11 th for 2013: A Research Year in Review . We will be...

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Cover crops webinar series - CCA CEU opportunity

The American Society of Agronomy will be hosting a Cover Crops webinar series on Thursdays in March. Each webinar is free and open to the public. Because this series is sponsored by 13 different public and private organizations, continuing education units will also be available to registered Certified Crop Advisor participants free of charge. The webinars will be available live...

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Soil & Water Management Seminar to be held February 26th

The University of Illinois Extension will be offering a Soil & Water Management Seminar on February 26, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This program is geared toward Certified Crop Advisors, farmers and other agricultural professionals and will be held at both the Knox County Extension Office and in the 4-H Auditorium at the McDonough County Fair Grounds....

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