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Slushy end to February

Posted by Russel Higgins -

Some wild swings in weather as we finish the month of February, leaving us with slushy and soft driveways. But we will continue to take precipitation in any form as we recharge the soils for this 2013 growing season.If your seed corn has been delivered, I would encourage you to check the tags to insure that you are following the required refuge requirements. An easy way to determine if you are fol...

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frost seedings

Frost seeding

Posted by Russel Higgins -

For our livestock producers with pastures, mid-February to mid March is the time for frost seeding. Our preference is to wait until the snow cover leaves our pastures. Frost seeding legumes and grasses is used to improve pasture yields or change forage species composition within the pasture. Frost seeding offers potential advantages, including the ability to establish f...

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Nitrogen on winter wheat

Posted by Russel Higgins -

We are conceivably 75 - 85 days away from planting corn in northern Illinois (do you know what shape your planter is in?) . But the return of sub-freezing temperatures and the fact that we are in the projected path of what may be our largest single snow event of the new year reminds us that winter is not quite over. An activity that can be accomplished soon is our spring nitrog...

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DeKalb Corn planting rates 2012

Corn planting populations

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn

An interesting result with corn planting populations occurred at DeKalb and Urbana in 2012. As farmers have pushed planting populations to maximize yields the University of Illinois has continued research to quantify outcomes with modern hybrids. Recent research has suggested little if any advantage to a harvest population  over 34,000 to 42,000 plants per acre. However, even though a yield benefi...

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Presidents Day!

Posted by Russel Higgins -

Several successful weeks of Ag programing in northern Illinois, including a trip to Jo Daviess County to discuss cover crops and the Northern Illinois Crop Management Conference held last week in DeKalb County. Over 100 producers and Agribusiness folks attended the two day event. This year we had an emphasis on soil and water and our presenters provided great insight. I'll be sharing some of that...

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