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Successful Cover Cropping in Northern Illinois

The varied benefits of cover crops are recognized, but few of the benefits can be realized without first getting the cover crop established. Management suggestions for overcoming the challenges of establishing cover crops in Northern Illinois will be the theme of presentations offered at the Highland Community College and repeated at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center. "Succ...

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Small grains heading in northern Illinois

Posted by Russel Higgins -

Recently the NIARC hosted the Northern Illinois Small Grains meeting. Dr. Fred Kolb, small grains breeder at the University of Illinois updated the audience on his current research trials. Despite the soggy field conditions farmers also has the opportunity to visit the wheat and oat plots. Dr. Emerson Nafziger shared that wheat in northern Illinois has roughly a 30 day period for grain fill, an...

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2015 Illinois Forage Expo

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This has been a challenging June, especially for those who have hay in their rotation. Some northern Illinois farmers managed to take the first cutting in a narrow window of rain free days and are nearing their second cutting. Others are simply waiting for a forecast where four to five rain free days are predicted and will attempt to take their first cutting! The weather forecast for tomorrow is b...

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Flooded fields

Posted by Russel Higgins - Weather

Storm fronts dropping up to 5 inches of rain have swept across northern Illinois with additional rain in the forecast. The question asked by many farmers as they scout saturated fields from the truck is "how long" can crops in standing water survive? Flooding reduces yields by decreasing stands, and slowing dry matter accumulation or both. The most obvious effect of flooding is the lack of oxyge...

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Northern Illinois Small Grains Program June 18th

Posted by Russel Higgins - Wheat

If wheat or oats are currently grown on your farm or you are considering including small grains in future rotations, join University of Illinois specialists at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center June 18th for the Northern Illinois Small Grains program. A light meal will be provided at the evening program followed by field tours showcasing wheat and oat research at t...

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Giant ragweed control update

Posted by Russel Higgins - Weeds

In 2014 a northern Illinois agronomist reported that labeled glyphosate applications had failed to successfully control Giant ragweed (GRW) in a LaSalle County field. With the agronomists and growers cooperation an area of the field was left untreated and seed collected from the GRW at maturity. The seed sample was delivered to the University of Illinois Department of Crop Sciences and allowed...

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