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Twenty degree temperature swing

Posted by Russel Higgins - Weather

I had the chance to travel the last several days, including a trip to Stockton in Jo Daviess County for an agronomy program, to campus to research images for a 100 years of Extension and Agriculture display (more on this at a later date) and finally over to Manteno to provide an entomology program at Camp Shaw. While many crops looked very good, even excellent, it is apparent which areas went into...

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NIARC picks up moisture

Posted by Russel Higgins - Weather

Three tenths of an inch of rain gets our monthly total for July up to .99 inches. Today at the NIARC I took flower counts on the soybean planting date x variety x maturity study. Will be leaving soon to join my counterpart Angie Peltier at Stockton for an agronomy update this evening. If your in the area stop by the Stockton Library at 6 p.m. We are starting to notice the aerial applica...

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Are the weeds dead?

Three tenths of an inch of rain over the weekend, putting the NIARC at .69 inches in July. Like many growers we are keeping a close eye on some over-sized weeds that were treated with post applications of herbicide. Experience has told us that weeds we thought were dead, actually were not! This is especially true when dealing with Giant ragweed. A busy day at the NIARC, Lisa Gonzini rated herbicid...

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A week in the nineties!

Thankfully the weather is about to break, most northern Illinois crops appear to have weathered this past weeks temperatures well. Dr. Emerson Nafziger has stated that corn plants can withstand warm temperatures into the nineties, if soil moisture is not limiting. A lesson learned from 2012. This week at the NIARC our wheat variety trials were harvested, treatments were applied to several studi...

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Big weeds

Weather conditions have pushed back many post herbicide applications. This is most obvious in soybean fields where oversized  Giant ragweed, Marestail, and Waterhemp are showing varying degrees of injury from post herbicde applications. The success of the post applications will be dependent partially on environmental conditions and are far from guaranteed. Growers are encouraged to keep an eye on...

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Great speakers, great weather, great day!

Posted by Russel Higgins -

The 2013 NIARC Agronomy program took place this morning on a rain free day, Whew! Many thanks to our speakers, helpers, and attendees....

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