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Posted by Russel Higgins - Soybeans

We are entering our second full week of October at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center and it is certainly starting to feel like fall. Overnight temperatures dropped to under 25 degrees over the weekend. However, that was not our first killing frost at this site in 2012. That took place on September 23rd, according to Dave Lindgren our Farm Foreman and weather recorder. It was the second earliest killing frost from recorded data going back to the seventies (the earliest taking place on Sept 20th). Some additional weather info, our annual precipitation to date is 15.6 inches, which is approximately ½ of normal.

The continued rain free days are advantageous for corn and soybean harvest operations, but we have a concern for our winter wheat that has been seeded. Emergence has taken place, but the variety trial would most certainly be helped by a uniform rain.

We are currently working on our soybean trials at the NIARC. Today the high yield soybean study was harvested, while Tim Eisman assisted in pod counts on our soybean maturity by planting date study.

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