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Northern Illinois Agriculture

University of Illinois Extension


The end is practically in sight! Harvest was delayed with several mechanical breakdowns and the waiting for parts or expertise. But as of Friday, all the research portions of the remaining plots were harvested and Dave Lindgren is making short work of the remaining crops at the Center. The final soil samples have been pulled from three depths in our cover crop trialĀ  and are on their way to be analyzed. This week I had the opportunity to spend several days with the Illinois Corn Growers and today attended the Illinois Commodity Classic. One (not surprising) issue shared was the difficulty producers may face in transporting grain down traditional waterways because of the extended drought. There are several areas on the Illinois, Mississippi and Ohio rivers that have rock "pinnacles" exposed because of the continued lack of rain. This issue may disrupt barge traffic unless the pinnacles can be removed or water levels raise significantly.

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