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Arthur, IL 61911
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  • Pesticide Safety Education Program
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  • Illini Plant and Pest Podcast
    Staff from the University of Illinois Plant Clinic discuss current pest and plant-disease problems affecting field crops, horticultural crops and greenspaces, as well as home landscapes and gardens.
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    Learn the basics of ethanol production and use
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    The electronic version of the Illinois Manure Management Plan workbook.
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    Comprehensive approach to controlling insects, weeds, and plant pathogens with environmentally and economically sound practices.
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    A clearninghouse for resources about the production and management of livestock manure.
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    The Agricultural Safety and Health program seeks to provide research-based information and resources that assist individuals and organizations in the understanding and prevention of injury and illness while working in and around Illinois agriculture.
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  • Oral Cash Lease Issues
    Should a farm lease be written or is an oral agreement adequate? In this publication Don Uchtmann explains why agreements should be in wrting.

  • The 2012 University of Illinois corn and soybean trial data
    The 2012 University of Illinois corn and soybean trial data are now posted on the website http://vt.cropsci.illinois.edu/, according to University of Illinois professor of crop sciences Emerson Nafziger. Results can be downloaded either as PDF files or as Excel® spreadsheets, which allow sorting by yield or other data. "Corn and soybean trials are conducted as regional trials, with four corn regions, North, West Central, East Central, and South. Soybeans are divided into five regions numbered from north, which is Region 1, to south, which is Region 5," Nafziger explained. Each of the corn regions has three locations, and the soybean regions have either two or three locations each. A variety entered by a company must be at all the locations within a region.

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