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Storing Hay Correctly Pays

Posted: Monday, May 30, 2016 | Blog: The Cattle Connection | Category: Agriculture
The cattlemen's connection to timely topics, current research, and profitable management strategies

Oriental Poppies

Posted: Sunday, May 29, 2016 | Blog: Tales from a Plant Addict | Category: Horticulture
Fun (& a few serious) facts, tips and tricks for every gardener, new and old.

Making Jams & Jellies with Gelatin

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2016 | Blog: Mission: Nutrition | Category: Nutrition
Providing the most up-to-date information on health and nutrition is my mission!

Farewell to Research Agronomist Brian Mansfield

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2016 | Blog: Hill and Furrow | Category: Agriculture
Current topics about crop production in Western Illinois, including field crops research at the NWIARDC in Monmouth.

Annual Herbs as Landscape Plants

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2016 | Blog: Rhonda Ferree's ILRiverHort | Category: Horticulture
Rhonda Ferree's Horticulture Blog

Packing for a Picnic

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2016 | Blog: Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious | Category: Nutrition
Jenna Smith, Extension Educator brings you helpful tips to make meals easy, healthy and tasty!

Wetlands- Master Naturalist Summit

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2016 | Blog: Prairies to Perennials | Category: Horticulture
An almanac of all things that grow in Lincoln's backyard.

WHAT’S YOUR LEARNING STYLE?

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2016 | Blog: 4-H Corner | Category: 4-H
Join The 4-H Action!

Edging and Mulching Landscape Beds

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2016 | Blog: Over the Fence | Category: Horticulture
Where gardeners come to find out what's happening out in the yard.

Field Happenings - May 25

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2016 | Blog: Acres of Knowledge | Category: Agriculture
All issues concerning Small Farms, Agriculture, Local Food Systems, and the Natural Resources.

Leaf Problems on Shade Trees

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2016 | Blog: In The Backyard | Category: Horticulture
Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

Herbicide Damage on Tomato Plants

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2016 | Blog: The Joy of Gardening | Category: Horticulture
Whether prairie plant or pansy, native or ornamental, gain insight into all aspects of gardening & wildlife.

Help us give that 'first look' to Illinois students

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2016 | Blog: Our Illinois 4-H Story | Category: 4-H
The stories of lives changed by Illinois 4-H

Summer-ize Your Home for Money Savings

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2016 | Blog: Plan Well, Retire Well | Category: Consumer Economics
Saving and investing your money

Healthy Eating and Osteoporosis

Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | Blog: Illinois Nutrition Edition | Category: Nutrition
A Source for Health Information You Can Trust

Keeping the Garden Weed-Free

Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 | Blog: Buckets, Bales, & Bushels | Category: Horticulture
Connecting You with Your Food, Farmers, and Community

First Farmers Market of the Season: Taylorville Farmers Market and Terrific Turnips!

Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 | Blog: Mission: Nutrition | Category: Nutrition
Providing the most up-to-date information on health and nutrition is my mission!

May is National Osteoporosis Month

Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 | Blog: Illinois Nutrition Edition | Category: Nutrition
A Source for Health Information You Can Trust

On the Deck: Potatoes in Compost Bag

Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 | Blog: Raise, Grow, Harvest, Eat, Repeat | Category: Horticulture
A blog for growers, consumers, and backyard gardeners to grow, eat, and connect in the local food system.

Animal of the Week: Rat Snake

Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 | Blog: An Illinois River Almanac | Category: Agriculture
Jason Haupt's Energy and Environment Blog

Grandparenting

Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 | Blog: Family Files | Category: Family
Facts for All Ages

New FDA rule that revises its annual reporting requirements

Posted: Monday, May 23, 2016 | Blog: The Cattle Blog | Category: Agriculture

Should I buy hay or grow my own?

Posted: Monday, May 23, 2016 | Blog: The Cattle Connection | Category: Agriculture
The cattlemen's connection to timely topics, current research, and profitable management strategies

Top 3 Financial Tips for New College Graduates

Posted: Monday, May 23, 2016 | Blog: Plan Well, Retire Well | Category: Consumer Economics
Saving and investing your money

Tender Vegetables, Successive Plantings and Weeds

Posted: Monday, May 23, 2016 | Blog: Over the Fence | Category: Horticulture
Where gardeners come to find out what's happening out in the yard.

Caregivers Need to Care for Selves

Posted: Monday, May 23, 2016 | Blog: Family Files | Category: Family
Facts for All Ages

Saving the Rain for Later

Posted: Monday, May 23, 2016 | Blog: An Illinois River Almanac | Category: Agriculture
Jason Haupt's Energy and Environment Blog

Boxwood Problems

Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2016 | Blog: University of Illinois Plant Clinic | Category: Horticulture
Focusing on plant pests and plant health management for ornamental, hobby, and commercial growers across the state.

Harvesting Rhubarb and Asparagus

Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2016 | Blog: Prairies to Perennials | Category: Horticulture
An almanac of all things that grow in Lincoln's backyard.

Slow Gardening

Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2016 | Blog: Tales from a Plant Addict | Category: Horticulture
Fun (& a few serious) facts, tips and tricks for every gardener, new and old.

How Much Will You Spend In Retirement? It’s a Tricky Question.

Posted: Friday, May 20, 2016 | Blog: Plan Well, Retire Well | Category: Consumer Economics
Saving and investing your money

Cookout Survival Guide

Posted: Friday, May 20, 2016 | Blog: Simply Nutritious, Quick and Delicious | Category: Nutrition
Jenna Smith, Extension Educator brings you helpful tips to make meals easy, healthy and tasty!

Backyard Greenhouses Extend the Garden Season

Posted: Friday, May 20, 2016 | Blog: Rhonda Ferree's ILRiverHort | Category: Horticulture
Rhonda Ferree's Horticulture Blog

Cold, Cloudy, Wet Weather May = Herbicide Injury in Corn in 2016

Posted: Friday, May 20, 2016 | Blog: Hill and Furrow | Category: Agriculture
Current topics about crop production in Western Illinois, including field crops research at the NWIARDC in Monmouth.

Extension office garden to include native plants

Posted: Friday, May 20, 2016 | Blog: Prairies to Perennials | Category: Horticulture
An almanac of all things that grow in Lincoln's backyard.

Accenting Your Landscape with Colorful Structures

Posted: Friday, May 20, 2016 | Blog: Timeline Through Landscape Design | Category: Horticulture
A blog for home gardeners about step-by-step processes for seasonal landscape improvements

Black Cutworm Flights Not 'Following the Rules' in 2016

Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2016 | Blog: Hill and Furrow | Category: Agriculture
Current topics about crop production in Western Illinois, including field crops research at the NWIARDC in Monmouth.

Dividing Perennials

Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2016 | Blog: Prairies to Perennials | Category: Horticulture
An almanac of all things that grow in Lincoln's backyard.

A Guide to Composting

Posted: Thursday, May 19, 2016 | Blog: The Joy of Gardening | Category: Horticulture
Whether prairie plant or pansy, native or ornamental, gain insight into all aspects of gardening & wildlife.

March 8 corn planted at either 1.5, 2.0, 2.5 or 3.0 inches deep – Effects on crop development and population

Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | Blog: Hill and Furrow | Category: Agriculture
Current topics about crop production in Western Illinois, including field crops research at the NWIARDC in Monmouth.

What's In A Name

Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | Blog: Good Growing | Category: Horticulture
Keeping you growing with good ideas

Hollyhock Rust

Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | Blog: In The Backyard | Category: Horticulture
Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

Mosquitoes, West Nile Virus, and Zika Virus

Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | Blog: In The Backyard | Category: Horticulture
Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

Container Gardening Program

Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | Blog: Prairies to Perennials | Category: Horticulture
An almanac of all things that grow in Lincoln's backyard.

Act FAST to Prevent a Stroke

Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | Blog: Illinois Nutrition Edition | Category: Nutrition
A Source for Health Information You Can Trust

Cut Flower Gardening: What to Plant, How to cut and Arrange

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 | Blog: Flowers, Fruits, and Frass | Category: Horticulture
Local and statewide information on a variety of current topics for home gardeners and market growers.

Plant of the Week: Woodland Phlox

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 | Blog: Hort in the Home Landscape | Category: Horticulture
A blog devoted to sharing timely horticulture topics and answering the questions of gardeners and homeowners.

More beef marbling without extra fat a possibility

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2016 | Blog: The Cattle Blog | Category: Agriculture

Why Things Happen When They Do

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2016 | Blog: Over the Fence | Category: Horticulture
Where gardeners come to find out what's happening out in the yard.

Cost of Baling Hay

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2016 | Blog: The Cattle Connection | Category: Agriculture
The cattlemen's connection to timely topics, current research, and profitable management strategies

Youth Shine in Horse State Contests

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2016 | Blog: Inside 4-H Looking Out | Category: 4-H
What's Happening with 4-H in Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark Counties

Projected Margins and Breakeven Prices for Corn - from Michael Langemeier and Michael Boehlje from Purdue University

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2016 | Blog: Around the County | Category: Agriculture
Frequent information updates for agricultural audiences

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