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Frequent information updates for agricultural audiences

Cost to Produce Corn and Soybeans in Illinois - 2014 - from Brandy Krapf, Dwight Raab, and Bradley Zwilling

Posted by John Fulton -
In 2014, the total of all economic costs per acre for growing corn in Illinois averaged $1,045 in the northern section, $1,002 in the central section for farmland with "high" soil ratings, $955 in the central section for farmland with "low" soil ratings, and $895 in the southern section. Soybean costs per acre were $745, $758, $685 and $664, respectively (see Table 1). Costs were lower in south...

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2015 Field Crop Scouting Workshop Series Announced

Posted by John Fulton -
2015 Logan Co. Field Crop Scouting Workshop Series Date Host Educator SW NM IPM CM Wednesday June 3 Blair Hoerbert 2506...

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2015 Corn Yield Prospects and Early Planting - from Scott Irwin, Darrel Good, and John Newton

Posted by John Fulton -
As is the case in most years, there has been no shortage of discussion and analysis this spring of the potential impact of the timeliness of corn planting on yield prospects. Each effort tends to bring a slightly different perspective to the topic. Here we offer our perspective on the issue, beginning with potential farm-level impacts of timeliness of planting on yield potential and extending t...

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Avian Influenza - Bird Flu

Posted by John Fulton -
With increasing concern about avian influenza (bird flu), a set of fact sheets has been developed by Extension Specialists and Educators to help producers and consumers to prepare for the situation. These resources are located at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/smallfarm/factsheets/fs1427.html...

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2015 Field Crop Scouting Workshop Series Announced

Posted by John Fulton -
2015 Logan Co. Field Crop Scouting Workshop Series Date Host Educator SW NM IPM CM Wednesday June 3 Blair Hoerbert 2506...

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Weed Control for Ponds

Posted by John Fulton -
Farm pond weed control seems to the the hot topic - when it is usually too late to do much about it without affecting fish populations. One of the keys it to begin early, so decaying algae doesn't affect oxygen levels in the water, leading to a fish kill. If you already have had a significant algae bloom, treat smaller areas and allow ample time between treatments. A good guide for pond...

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Black Cutworm Moth Update - from Mike Gray

Posted by John Fulton -
Although no intense flights (nine or more moths caught over a two-day period) of black cutworm moths have been reported, captures of this species have been common in several Illinois counties and states, said a University of Illinois Extension entomologist. Mike Gray said that impressive flights of black cutworm and armyworm moths have been...

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