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Initial results, 2015 corn date of planting and fungicide application

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn

A sincere thank you to the men and women who have, or are, currently serving in the military on this eleventh day of the eleventh month, Veterans Day. As we near mid-November harvest nears completion in Northern Illinois. Tillage operations are underway and fall anhydrous can now safely be applied when soil conditions permit; soil temperatures in northern Illinois are registering around...

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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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Troubled corn in northeast Illinois

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn

On August 12th the National Agricultural Statistics Service projected the Illinois corn yield at 172 bushels per acre. That, and better yields, will be harvested in many areas of the state. However, reaching that goal will be a challenge in much of northeastern Illinois. June rainfall totals that neared or surpassed 18 inches and flooded or saturated soils prevented root system development that wo...

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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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Corn emergence

We are nearing the end of April when we would normally expect to see early planted corn emerging in northern Illinois. In my travels I have yet to see any corn that can be rowed from the road, despite being planted over two weeks ago. At the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center we have corn that has now been in the ground for three weeks in our date of planting study that we expect to emerge...

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Back in the field

Despite an overnight low that reached 25.6 degrees early this morning we are following the advice of Dr. Emerson Nafziger and returning to plant fields that are in suitable condition at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center.  In a Bulletin article posted on April 22nd Emerson addressed the question of Planting into Cool Soils - Yes or No....

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Did I plant too early?

Did Northern Illinois farmers jump the gun? After several days of above average temperatures that allowed many to start planting,  the weather pattern has shifted dramatically. State climatologist Dr. Jim Angel has shared that in the near-future, the 6-10 and 8-14 day forecast indicate that colder-than-average conditions will prevail for the next two weeks. For precipitation, there is an increa...

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Planting underway in Northern Illinois

Powerful storms traversed Northern Illinois last week, limiting field operations, but reports of corn going into the ground in areas that missed the precipitation are trickling in. Most farmers will be anxious to start planting when field conditions now become suitable. We managed to plant our first corn at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center on April 7th, earlier than our recommenda...

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Will 2015 be as good as 2014?

Last week the Northern Illinois Crop Management Conference took place at Malta and featured a number of speakers and specialists who shared their expertise. Here are some of the takeaway comments that I garnered from Dr. Emerson Nafziger. He took a look back at 2014 and posed the question, is this as good as it gets? Despite high yields and record-high cr...

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Illinois Variety Testing corn and soybean yield results available

After a brief respite with warmer but wetter weather over the weekend it appears that northern Illinois is returning to below average temperatures, essentially putting an end to fall activities including soil testing and tillage. While we are still in the process of tabulating and double checking our yield data from the research farm for 2014, available now are corn and soybean yield results fr...

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Almost done

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn

Harvest of research plots is complete at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center, we still have some corn acreage that can be harvested quickly with the centers big combine. Like many farmers in northern Illinois we are running into a storage crunch, our remaining corn is going to have to go directly to the elevator. We are starting to compile and analyze the data taken of the plot combi...

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Harvest continues

Harvest activities continue at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center, our latest planted and last soybean were harvested this week. Much of the yield data will require closer scrutiny before final release of the results, but here are a few preliminary impressions from the combine seat. At our location, even in a favorable weather year, our continuous corn appears to fall significantly...

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Killing frost?

Over the weekend the NIARC experienced a minimum recorded temperature of 31.6 degrees. We expect a temperature of 28 degrees or lower to kill the entire corn or soybean plant, but cool temperatures near 28 can injure or damage the upper leaves of plants. That is what we are observing on our late planted soybean at the NIARC. With funding from the Nutrient Research & Education C...

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Harvest dates?

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn

As we near September our 2014 corn and soybean crop appear to be are taking a leisurely trip to maturity. This is in part due to July and the majority of August's below normal temperatures coupled with a delayed planting for most northern Illinois farmers. Utilizing the Illinois State Water Survey Water and Atmospheric Resources monitoring program and inputting May 1 st as a planting...

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Evaluating emergence

With most field work halted due to weather, it is an opportune time to visit emerged corn fields (you may need boots). Especially those that were planted in less than ideal conditions. What can we look for? Check emerged population, measure 1/1000 of an acre (17 feet 5 inches for 30 inch rows) and count corn seedlings. Look for variations in population...

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Black cutworm information for Northern Illinois

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn

A delayed corn planting season may align emerging and seedling corn that is susceptible to cutting with the emergence of Black cutworm larvae. In a recent Illinois Bulletin article Dr. Mike Gray, University of Illinois entomologist shared that fields most at risk to economic infestations include those that are planted late and infested with winter annuals. Weedy fields are often targeted for...

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When will my corn emerge?

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn Wheat

Several busy days at the NIARC. In addition to a number of primary and secondary tillage operations, the oat trials were planted. We also planted the second date of our corn date of planting study. Our crop rotation study that compares corn-soybean, corn-corn-soybean, and continuous corn rotations went into the ground yesterday. For those who have planted corn, when will it emerge? An e...

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NIARC fieldwork

We missed much of the rain that fell across northern Illinois last night allowing field activities to take place. In addition to several spring tillage operations, farm foreman Dave Lindgren applied nitrogen to plots that are expected to be planted to oats tomorrow. Research agronomist Greg Steckel and I flagged a crop rotation study. While the use of RTK and auto-steer have made planting research...

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The seed is here!

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn

As with any farming operation, the excitement starts to build when the seed for the upcoming growing season arrives. Recent field activities at the NIARC included chopping corn stalks for the crop residue study and harvesting Miscanthus for our grass bio-fuel project. Last week Dr. Mike Gray, University of Illinois entomologist, shared that two additional northern Illinois counties have...

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Dr. Emerson Nafziger
University of Illinois

Could we have another late planting season?

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn

After a short (and welcome) respite from below average temperatures the return of cold is forecast for the last week of February. Are we in for another late planting season? It's time to relax, even though we are just a week away from meteorological spring and still have considerable snow atop frozen ground; things can change in a hurry. Speaking at the Northern Illinois Crop Management Conf...

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University of Illinois

Busy week!

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn

The previous week was a busy one for many agribusiness folks and farmers, educational program opportunities are starting to wrap up as spring and the crop production season nears. Last Wednesday and Thursday attendees to the Northern Illinois Crop Management Conference heard twelve speakers on varied commercial agriculture topics. In his presentation, Dr. Mike Gray, University of Illinois Extensio...

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1919 Annual Farm Adviser Meeting

University of Illinois Extension - 100 years of agricultural programming

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn

January and February are very busy months for agriculture meetings in Illinois. As we actively promote and market our programs it is interesting to reflect on the 100 years of agricultural education efforts that have taken place in Illinois. In the University of Illinois library archives Jane Scherer discovered the above photo of the Illinois Farm Advisers annual meeting on campus in 1919 (I belie...

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Rootworm management and biology meeting

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn

It has been cold! So cold that the Illinois River at Morris is nearly frozen from edge to edge. This is one of the very few times I have seen this event. Will the extreme cold be detrimental to the insect population, rootworms in particular? Join us at the Corn rootworm management and biology meeting at the NIARC and find out. This meeting will be of special interest to those questioning the ef...

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2013 corn date of planting and fungicide study

Posted by Russel Higgins - Corn

An ongoing study at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center is the date of planting of corn and its effect on final yield. We plant a full and shorter season hybrid. Each year we face the same challenges as our local farmers with timely planting. Our first planting in 2013 took place on May 1 st , a full month behind our initial planting date in 2012. Because of the late plantin...

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Dr. Christy Sprague
Michigan State University

2013 AG Masters conference

Just returned from campus after attending the 2013 version of the AG Masters conference. The conference planning committee works diligently to bring in talented speakers with different perspectives, often from different states. Several things gleaned from the sessions I attended include Dr. Kevin Bradley -University of Missouri      Biology and Management of the Pig...

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