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Frequent information updates for agricultural audiences

Wheat Diseases - from Mike Roegge

Posted by John Fulton -

The wheat crop this year is so much improved over last years' crop. It's much thicker and healthier, and as of today (April 26) there is little to no sign of disease, even though the weather we've been experiencing of late would have been ideal for disease development. Constant wetness is one of the necessary factors to allow any disease to progress. And we've certainly had our share of wet wea...

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Black Cutworm Moth - Intense Captures - from Mike Gray

Posted by John Fulton -

Don't be lulled into complacency when using transgenic hybrids this season and assume complete protection against intense populations of black cutworm, said University of Illinois Extension entomologist Mike Gray. A stormy April across much of Illinois has led to numerous reports of black cutworm moth captures in pheromone traps....

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Should We Plant in Cold Soils? - from Emerson Nafziger

Posted by John Fulton -

Soil conditions in Illinois are among the best ever seen during the first week of April, said University of Illinois Extension agronomist Emerson Nafziger. But the question remains: should we plant corn early when the soil is still cold? Nafziger said yes, but with a few cautions. "We should not expect...

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Logan County Rainfall Map

Posted by John Fulton -

If you are wanting to check area rainfall, one of the best places to do so is at the CoCorahs site. Logan County has several rainfall reporters which provides reasonable coverage of the county. The link to the map site is http://www.cocorahs.org/Maps/ViewMap.aspx?state=IL&county=LG...

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Some 1099 reporting requirements affecting farmers and landowners repealed by Congress

Posted by John Fulton -

On April 5, 2011, Congress repealed two recent laws. One of the laws, enacted with the 2010 Health Care Bill, increased 1099 reporting to include property purchases as well as service purchases. It also required reporting payments to corporations as well as individuals. The new bill is a complete repeal of the provision in the Health Care bill. Although the additional 1099 reporting was not to...

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Stored Grain Management - from Mike Roegge

Posted by John Fulton -

Many of you can recall the problems (and loss of income) associated with delivering corn last spring and summer that was not stored properly. A lot of this was due to the extreme moisture ranges of corn that was harvested and stored. The extremes in moisture translated into pockets of corn that were high in moisture and which eventually heated up. And then the snow ball effect took over and muc...

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