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Hill and Furrow

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. 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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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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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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Figure. Attendees find some shade while listening to Dr. Emerson Nafziger talk about getting high soybean yields at the NWIARDC 2012 Field Day.
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Save the Date - NWIARDC 2015 Field Day!

Be sure to mark your calendars for the 34th Annual Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research & Demonstration Center Field Day - this July 28 beginning at 8 AM!  Come and visit with University of Illinois research and Extension personnel as they share the results of farm-practical disease, pest, weed, and crop management research. Stay tuned for additional details rega...

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Figure. Mesotrione injury on radish seedlings (Photo credit: Dr. Mark Bernards, Western Illinois University).

Year-round planning and careful herbicide selection required for fall cover crops

It seems as if cover crops have gotten a lot of press attention in the past several years, reaching a crescendo each year right before the time that they are established – late-summer to early fall. Unfortunately, decisions that were made at the beginning of the season can affect how well certain cover crops establish months later. Application rates listed on herbicide labels were developed in...

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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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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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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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There's still time to register for 10th Annual Crop Management Conference

University of Illinois Extension is hosting the 10 th annual Illinois Crop Management Conferences in January and February. Each conference is a two-day, in-depth program providing university research-based information on current crop production issues. The conference is geared toward farmers, Certified Crop Advisors, and other agriculture professionals and will address many 'hot topi...

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Figure. Daikon radish (6 lb/A) and annual ryegrass (8 lb/A) were aerially seeded into standing corn in a farm field near Altona in Knox County, IL on Sept. 13, 2013. This picture was taken 7 weeks after seeding. 
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Cover Crops: U of I Research Project and Upcoming NRCS Webinar

Why the recent interest in cover crops? During the past several years, there has been a growing buzz about cover crops. Whether this was because producers were interested in experimenting with ways to reduce soil and nutrient loss, they were able to shoulder more risk(s) because of higher commodity prices, or state and federal conservation agencies were pushing cover crop use a...

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Figure. Cover crops were on display for attendees at the 32nd Annual NWIARDC Field Day.
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Cover crops: planting date and soil moisture considerations

Cover crops: From antiquity to the present. Cover crops are plants that are grown between cash crops with the purpose providing environmental services like soil and water conservation ( Figure ). Cover crops have been used by diverse people and cultures throughout history; from more than 3000 years ago in China, to Thomas Jefferson at the time of our nation's fou...

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Figure. Cover crops were on display for attendees at the 32nd Annual NWIARDC Field Day.
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32nd Annual NWIARDC Field Day was a success

Last week Wednesday's Field Day was a hot one, with temperatures reaching into the 90's before 11 AM. This didn't stop Extension Specialists from the University of Illinois from presenting information to the producers and other agricultural professionals in attendance ( Figure ). During this field day, an attendee and farmer, Mr. Rich Fleischer and University of Illinois...

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Figure. Attendees find some shade while listening to Dr. Emerson Nafziger talk about getting high soybean yields at the NWIARDC 2012 Field Day.

Speakers set for 32nd annual NWIARDC Field Day!

The program has been set for the 2013 University of Illinois' Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center (NWIARDC) field day! The 32nd annual field day will begin at 8 am on Wednesday, July 17th at the NWIARDC, which is located 1 mile North and 4 miles West of Monmouth at 210th Avenue. Buses will carry members of the public to different stops in the research cen...

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Figure. Field sites involved in the USDA-NIFA Climate and Corn-Based Cropping Systems CAP project.

Corn-based Cropping Systems Project - Fact Sheets

Research and Extension personnel at the University of Illinois are now part of a USDA – National Institutes of Food and Agriculture Project called Cropping Systems Coordinated Agricultural Project (CSCAP): Climate Change, Mitigation, and Adaptation in Corn-based Cropping Systems. Dr. Emerson Nafziger's long-term extended rota...

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

Upcoming Local Soil Fertility-Nutrient and Soil and Water Management Programs

With 2013 harvest and fall field operations completed in near record time and the recent snap of colder weather, perhaps you are itching to get out and about to some winter Extension programs. Two programs (Soil Fertility and Soil and Water Management Workshops) have been scheduled to occur in many Extension Units throughout the state in February. Check your local Extension Unit's webp...

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Figure. Crop rotation/tillage study started at the NWIARDC in 1996.

What is small plot research?

At the University of Illinois Research Centers we do small-plot research. This isn't research that takes place in the highly controlled environment of a laboratory or a test tube, but outdoors. A farm field is a diverse environment, with many abiotic factors (rocks and other inorganic soil components, soil nutrients, residual pesticides, temperature, humidity, wind, precipitation, etc.) and biotic...

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Figure. Field sites involved in the USDA-NIFA Climate and Corn-Based Cropping Systems CAP project.

Seeking farmer-cooperators

The physical location of the University of Illinois Research Centers were not just selected by throwing darts at a map, but serve to efficiently represent each of the larger soil and climate types in the state. These centers are a world-class resource for applied agricultural research and have provided a wealth of unbiased, research-based recommendations. University researchers have also worke...

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Figure. Annual ryegrass seed.
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Do you plan on planting a cover crop in 2012?

With 38 percent of the corn acreage in the Western Illinois crop reporting district harvested, there will be nothing but weeds growing on that land. Unless..... you are considering planting a cover crop. The Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC) is a coalition of people, public and private, working together to address soil, water, air, and agricultural quality concerns throughout eight Mid...

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