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Deadlines, meetings and (lack of) rain

Posted by Russel Higgins -

Yesterday I shared information on the upcoming Northern Illinois Agronomy day on July 10th. For those who have an interest in small grains a more immediate opportunity exists. Wheat and other small grains producers across the state are invited to attend the 2012 Northern Illinois Small Grains Program, June 21 at 5:30 p.m., at the University of Illinois Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center in Shabbona, Ill.

Sponsored by the Illinois Wheat Association, University of Illinois Extension and USDA Risk Management Agency, the small grains program will feature several presentations from extension and university agronomists, breeders and plant pathologists, including University of Illinois professor and small grains breeder Fred Kolb, who will discuss oat and wheat variety development for northern Illinois.

University of Illinois professor and Extension agronomist Emerson Nafziger will discuss the 2012 Illinois wheat crop and management practices, including a look at the commercial variety trial. Finally, Carl Bradley, associate professor of plant pathology and University of Illinois Extension plant pathologist, will talk to the group about wheat disease management.

Those interested in attending are asked to register in advance by contacting the Illinois Wheat Association office at 309-557-3619 or by emailing Charlene Blary at Registration is $5 per person and includes dinner. For additional information and directions to the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center, please contact Charlene Blary or visit the Illinois Wheat Association website at

In northern Illinois we started to see the result of limited rainfall and elevated temperatures as evidenced by the wrapped corn. Leaf wrapping in corn is the plants defense mechanism to prevent moisture loss through the stomata. Wrapped leaves reduce yield by limiting photosynthesis and carbon fixation.


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