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Cover crop tour

Today I traveled to Lena to participate in a four stop cover crop tour co-sponsored by NRCS, Stephenson County SWCD and the University of Illinois Extension. At the Foley FarmĀ  Jay Solomon, Energy and Environmental Stewardship Extension Educator in the Jo Daviess/Stephenson/Winnebago Unit shared the importance of having a primary and secondary plan in place when making management decisions with cover crops. I saw a fair amount of standing corn awaiting harvest on theĀ  return trip from northwest Illinois. We are down to our last corn trials to harvest at the NIARC, a good thing because we have soil samples to pull and we are already nearing a 40 degree soil temperature.

If you missed today's crop progress report, corn production was up 1% over the September forecast. If realized, US corn production will reach a record production of 14 billion bushels, an average of 160.4 bushels per acre.

A pdf of the November 8th NASS report can be accessed here.

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