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Extension visitors

Posted by Russel Higgins -

Friday was an enjoyable day; I had the opportunity to reconnect with several extension co-workers and volunteers in northern Illinois. We visited on how to best serve our commercial agriculture audience and they received a tour and update on the activities at the NIARC. Those making the trek to Shabbona and the counties represented included

Margaret Larson, Nikki Keltner and Jackie de Batista - Jo Daviess, Stephenson & Winnebago Counties

Vicky Broos - Boone, DeKalb & Ogle Counties

Jordon Ellena, Daryl Wragge – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall & Putnam Counties

Beth LaPlante – Grundy, Kankakee & Will Counties

Sandra Davis – DuPage, Kane & Kendall Counties

Joe Toman – Northeast Regional office

Some great ideas were shared and I'm looking forward to future collaborations with the counties. Friday was interesting in another way, I scored an insect trifecta. While at the NIARC I spotted adult Southern and Northern corn rootworm beetles both feeding on Giant ragweed. Later in the day while visiting a corn field near Princeton I saw my first adult Western corn rootworm beetles of the year. With both Westerns and Japanese beetle already present in northern Illinois (undoubtedly hungry) it will be important to keep an eye on our corn as it begins the silking process. Be aware of the silk clipping that takes place in your fields.

Still dry at the NIARC as evidenced by the cracks found in the field of our wheat trial (comparative shoe courtesy of Dr. Fred Kolb).

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