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One thing is certain

Posted by Russel Higgins -

One thing is certain as research projects continue at the NIARC, all of the crops would benefit greatly with some moisture. As mentioned previously, we have late emerging corn and soybean from our mid to late May plantings that are struggling. Weeds are showing no issue with the limited rainfall and are growing rapidly. Giant ragweed is 4-5" in several herbicide plots and appears to be on the verge of explosive growth to 6-8-12" where they become more challenging to control. If you deal with Giant ragweed on your farm, scout your problems areas. Signs are going up at the NIARC which means that future meetings are on the horizon. On Thursday June 21st the NIARC is co-hosting the Northern Illinois Small Grains meeting. Wheat management and wheat and oat variety selection will be covered in depth with the field tour beginning at 5:30 pm. U of I Professor and small grains breeder Fred Kolb will discuss oat and wheat variety development for northern Illinois. U of I Professor and Extension Agronomist Emerson Nafziger will discuss the 2012 Illinois wheat crop and management practices, including a look at the commercial variety trial. Carl Bradley, Associate Professor of Plant Pathology and U of I Extension Plant Pathologist, will talk to the group on wheat disease management.
The program is being co-sponsored by the Illinois Wheat Association, the University of Illinois Extension, and USDA Risk Management Agency. There will be a $5/person charge for a grilled pork chop sandwich meal. To help with the meal count, please register in advance by contacting the Illinois Wheat Association office at 309/557-3619 or

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