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Tracking nitrogen and Black cutworm

One of the studies underway at multiple locations in Illinois, including the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center, will track the nitrogen fertilizer applied at varied times (fall, early spring, at planting, sidedress) and from different sources (UAN and Anhydrous Ammonia). Soil samples are collected at 0-1 and 1-2 feet and analyzed for nitrogen content. To insure uniformity, NIARC research...

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Crops are not the only things emerging in fields

Posted by Russel Higgins - Weeds

I encourage farmers to scout planted fields to evaluate crop stands, planter performance, and look for emergence issues. It is also an important time to evaluate the efficacy of pre-emergence herbicides. Waiting until we finish with soybean planting may leave fields with weeds that have already exceeded the size where they can successfully be controlled with post herbicide applications. Scoutin...

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Productive week at NIARC and Northern Illinois

Prior to the weekend storm events that rolled across northern Illinois, tremendous progress was made in planting the 2015 corn crop. Planters were running late into the night despite temperatures that stayed near or slightly below seasonal averages for most of the week. Statewide, NASS reported that corn planting advanced 38% in the week ending May 3rd. In addition to planting corn and soybean plo...

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