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Green beans

Posted by Russel Higgins - Soybeans

It appears many producers are swinging from corn harvest to soybean harvest in northern Illinois. Despite the green appearance of some beans, either the entire field, or sections, some producers are finding soybeans that are 11% moisture or lower. Why are the beans still green while having mature dry seed? Dr. Emerson Nafziger addressed this issue in the September 21st issue of the Bulletin....

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A frustrating harvest

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn

Early soybean have been harvested at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center in preparation for our winter wheat trials. We we expect to plant our 2013 winter wheat trials. Most activity in our neighboring area has concentrated on corn harvest. As expected, we are receiving a wide range of yields and occasional reports of lodged corn. Harvesting the lodged corn is truly challenging, the cor...

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What we have learned from weeds

Posted by Russel Higgins - Weeds

Harvest has begun at the NIARC, early planted soybean are being harvested to allow the planting of winter wheat, weather permitting we should keep on harvesting from this date on. As crops matured in northern Illinois and dropped leaves on corn and soybean plants prior to harvest, producers have the opportunity to visually evaluate the effectiveness of their herbicide program i...

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Early or late planted beans, who has the yield advantage in 2012?

Posted by Russel Higgins - Soybeans

One of the recent questions asked, will the later planted soybean out-yield the earlier planted in 2012, benefiting from our late season rains. Our NIARC date of planting study for soybean in 2012 had the following planting dates. April 24 th May 11 th May 22th June 6 th As of yesterday the June 6 th...

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Sandwich Fair!

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If you live in northern Illinois, you know that the Sandwich Fair signals the end of summer and time to seriously consider the upcoming harvest. Even though some producers are ahead of schedule (using the Fair as an indicator), recent rains should keep most out of the field until the weekend is over. Today I had the opportunity to take part in the Nelson Multimedia Noon Show on the Ag Land Stage a...

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Giant ragweed trial

The most problematic weed at the NIARC (and much of northern Illinois) is Giant ragweed. Area farmer and NIARC advisory board member Ken Beck visited the center today and posed in front of a check (no herbicide) area at one of our trials. Look very closely to find the soybean under the towering ragweed! in addition to our traditional herbicide trials that deal with our population of Giant rag, we...

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Intercropping at the NIARC

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Visitors to the NIARC are surprised to see pumpkins growing in and between the rows of one our cornfields. An experiment in intercropping? In a sense, the pumpkin seed is mixed with our late planted seed corn for this particular plot. The resulting "mixed" crop serves as a trap crop for adult corn rootworm beetles. They are attracted to the late silking corn and the cucurbit flowers and we expect...

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Isaac runs out of steam

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Hurricane/Tropical storm Isaac was disastrous for Louisiana, delayed harvest in southern states, and brought substantial rain to southern and central Illinois. But for most of northern Illinois, Isaac brought minimal if any rain over the Labor Day weekend. Several producers had suggested this may be the time to start harvest and I noted several fields had indeed been harvested over the weekend. As...

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