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Tar spot confirmed in Northern Illinois

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn

Harvest season is slowly getting underway in Northern Illinois, but the growing season that has thrown so many things at area farmers had one more surprise. A disease that previously had not been found on the continental US was verified first in Indiana, and then confirmed in northern Illinois. Corn leaf samples from three northern Illinois counties have been confirmed positive for the fungus P...

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Cover crops interseeded - waiting for rain!

Posted by Russel Higgins -

This week we interseeded cover crop species into our corn and soybean crops. Our corn was allowing sufficient light to reach the ground and with adequate rainfall we are optimistic about germination. Our soybean crop is still green but we learned last year the crop can yellow and drop leaves quickly. Understanding the importance of rainfall on surface applied seed and with precipitation in the for...

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