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Bt trait table/NIARC update

The soil tests are done! With help, the fall sampling of the cover crop study was completed at the NIARC. Thanks to overnight delivery of an electric clutch, the Almaco plot combine was running as well as we near the end of harvest. A handy guide is available to producers as they make corn variety selections for the 2014 growing season. Authored by Drs. Chris Difonzo (Michigan...

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Soil sampling in the snow

That's right, snow on November 25th at the NIARC. Less than ideal conditions to collect soil samples from the Cover Crop study. The five year study includes spring and fall soil samples at 0-30, 30-60, 60-90 centimeters. Our goal is to quantify any nutrient recycling that results from growing cover crops. Thanks to Greg Steckel and Race Higgins who bundled up and assisted with today's...

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Fall fertilization

Fall activities at the NIARC include soil testing and application of dry fertilizer. A recent article originating from the University of Illinois questioned current recommendations regarding potassium. In an article posted today to the Illinois Bulletin Dr. Emerson Nafziger shared his views on the topic. Dr. Nafziger shared that despite most Illinois soils having high levels of p...

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Corn on corn variety plots planted at NIARC May 9th, 2013

University of Illinois yield results

A deadly weekend weather-wise in Illinois, a dramatic warm-up over the weekend spawned tornadoes across the Midwest. Temperatures at the research center rose to 66 degrees on Sunday morning prior to the arrival of the storm front. Sustained hourly winds were measured at 25 mph. Fortunately, for those who still have corn standing; most fields seem to have weathered the storm with little addition...

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Cover crop tour

Today I traveled to Lena to participate in a four stop cover crop tour co-sponsored by NRCS, Stephenson County SWCD and the University of Illinois Extension. At the Foley Farm  Jay Solomon, Energy and Environmental Stewardship Extension Educator in the Jo Daviess/Stephenson/Winnebago Unit shared the importance of having a primary and secondary plan in place when making management decisions with co...

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December agricultural programs

Posted by Russel Higgins -

Rain has lulled activity at the research center (over an inch at the NIARC) but hopefully conditions will soon let us return and wrap up fall operations. Several upcoming meetings to be held on campus and in northern Illinois include Illinois Ag Masters Conference      December 2-3 iHotel and Conference Center, Champaign              ...

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Corn emergence, in November?

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn

Can corn emerge in November? If the corn is high moisture and stored in a bin that is starting to heat, then the answer is yes! Sprouting grain in the bin is an indicator of inadequate aeration. For those who are storing high moisture corn in on-farm storage, cold is a good thing! For long term storage corn should be at 15% moisture and 40ºF. This will prevent most mold growth and...

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