Extension Professional Staff
Extension Educator, Commercial Agriculture
University of Illinois Extension
4004 N. Division
Morris, IL 60450
Expert in: corn and soybean research, IPM practices, cover crops
Russ Higgins is an Extension Educator, Crop Sciences with University of Illinois Extension. He works with adults and youth in pest identification and control in the area of agricultural production.
Higgins holds a master of science degree from the University of Illinois in agronomy and a bachelor of science in agricultural sciences from Western Illinois University. His professional affiliations include the National Association of County Agricultural Agents, Illinois Extension Agricultural Association and American Society of Agronomy. He is an American Society of Agronomy Certified Crop Advisor and a graduate of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program.
Areas of Expertise
Private pesticide applicator training
Entomology in the classroom
Pesticide safety for Master Gardeners
Biological, cultural and chemical control of insects, weeds and diseases of field and forage crops
Use of transgenic crops for the control of insects in corn
GMO's in the food chain
Field identification of insect, weed and disease problems
Diagnosing herbicide injury symptoms and herbicide mode of action
Research update focusing on western corn rootworm damage in first-year corn
Management strategies to control common soybean diseases such as sclerotinia white mold and sudden death syndrome.
Soybean cyst nematode biology and management
Higgins is a native of Grundy County. His wife, Zan, teaches high school. They reside in rural Morris.
The North 160 Acres
Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center