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Ponded fields

Posted by Russel Higgins -

Quite a week weather-wise, measured rainfall over the last 7 days currently stands at over 3 inches as storm fronts repeatedly rolled across central DeKalb County. Rainfall in Northern Illinois has ranged from slightly over 2 inches to 8+ inches. In some areas the ponding persists in crop fields. What damage is done and how long can the plants survive under these conditions? Flooding reduces yi...

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Jap beetle trap 2014

Insect pest arrivals

Posted by Russel Higgins - Insects

Japanese beetle catches have been reported in central and southern Illinois. We have a trap in place at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center and will share the date of our first catch. In addition to the arrival of the Japanese beetle we are also trapping for European corn borer, Corn earworm, and Western bean Cutworm. Jim Morrison, retired Extension Crops Educator has reported his fi...

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Summer like weather

Posted by Russel Higgins -

Weather seems to have turned in favor of crop growth. After reaching 85 degrees today we are expecting several days of above average temperatures. Most of the corn at the Research center is between V6 and V7 and should exhibit very rapid growth under the expected conditions.The corn at the NIARC is exhibiting great color and lack of nitrogen at our location is not an issue. We have several studies...

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NIARC summer field day agenda

Posted by Russel Higgins -

The Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center will be hosting its summer Agronomy Day on Thursday, July 10 in Shabbona. Join University of Illinois Extension specialists and researchers as they address issues pertinent to the 2014 crop growing season. The program begins at 9:00 a.m. and will finish with a noon meal provided at no cost. It is open to all who wish to attend an...

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Insect pest report; NIARC Summer Field Day set

Posted by Russel Higgins -

In our first June agronomy report I am happy to share that overall crops in northern Illinois are looking good to very good, responding favorably to both days of sunshine and recent rains. For those who are planning post applications of corn herbicides, many fields are at or have surpassed the V5 growth stage. We can expect very rapid growth of the crop in the upcoming weeks. In ento...

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