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Ponding and seedling survival

Parts of northern Illinois were inundated by a fast moving storm front that dumped anywhere from .41" (NIARC) to almost 2" (near Morris) and more at other sites. The question often associated with field ponding is; will (or how long) can our seedlings survive? When our fields are saturated or water logged we have water sitting in spaces between soil particles that is normally occupied by air. The...

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Crop height restrictions for post herbicde applications

As the rain continues to pop up over fields and in future forecasts, coupled with warmer temperatures and rapidly growing corn and weeds, concern has arisen on our window for herbicide applications. In some instances, scheduled or not, the management program is now a total post emergence program. In a recent Illinois Bulletin article Dr. Aaron Hager addressed this issue. "Most, but not...

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Yellow(ish) corn

Is this early summer or is this early spring? Last week daily average temperatures at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center ranged from 74.9 o to 49.4 o . The minimum temperature was registered on the 24 th at 33.8 o . As you would expect, our corn crop that has emerged is reacting to the weather and exhibiting its displeasure. Acres of yellowish c...

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Weather swings

Posted by Russel Higgins -

We have gone from wearing shorts to jackets as we try to dodge intermittent rains to finish planting, apply nitrogen rates, as well as apply pre-emergent herbicides. As the month of May nears it end we were joined by the Miscanthus research team that was evaluating the soil profile under the Miscanthus crop compared to a traditional corn-soy rotation....

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Record planting week!

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn

Despite the threat of inclement weather, farmers in Illinois took advantage of this past week. The week ending May 19th has the Illinois corn crop at 74% planted, a phenomenal leap from the previous weeks 17%. This puts us near our 5 year average of planting progress. At the NIARC we are nearly done with corn trials and with be turning our full attention to soybean. Our two earliest planted c...

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NIARC update

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn

Its a challenge to find time to share an update. Favorable weather has allowed almost all farmers in northern Illinois to actively perform field operations and plant. The earliest corn planted has emerged and can now be rowed from the road. Yesterday at the NIARC we had 4 planters in operation (for a combined 16 rows!). Variety testing, entomology, and Dr. Brian Diers soybean breeding crew were al...

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Progress is being made in northern Illinois

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Several dry days have allowed some planting at the NIARC, including our corn variety testing plots, rotation, population and nitrogen rate studies and our first planting date for our soybean. For farmers who are too busy planting the remainder of their fields to check on what has been planted, here is an update. Our earliest planted corn (May 1) will emerge in 1-2 days.  While checking our fie...

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Tiger striped wheat

Posted by Russel Higgins - Weather

.8 inches of rain last Thursday kept things at a standstill at the NIARC over the weekend. Our soils seem to be agonizingly slow to dry and warm despite the calender date. Sundays minimum soil temperature measured at 4" under bare soil was 52.9 degrees.  We expect to resume planting tomorrow, today we applied nitrogen for several 2013 studies. Our wheat trials now have a distinctive tig...

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Planting oats and corn

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn

What an odd year, today at the NIARC we planted corn (our date of planting study) and it was also the day soil conditions allowed us to plant our oat trials. Conditions are good in most but not all plots at the NIARC. Today we planted  early and full season varieties in the date of planting study. We also put in a study with two varieties at 37,000 and 48,000 plants per acre....

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