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Insect pest report; NIARC Summer Field Day set

Posted by Russel Higgins -

In our first June agronomy report I am happy to share that overall crops in northern Illinois are looking good to very good, responding favorably to both days of sunshine and recent rains. For those who are planning post applications of corn herbicides, many fields are at or have surpassed the V5 growth stage. We can expect very rapid growth of the crop in the upcoming weeks.

In entomology news, we can expect the western corn rootworm hatch to be underway in northern Illinois. Larry Bledsoe and his Purdue University entomology colleagues shared that the western corn rootworm hatch began to occur on June 2 on one of the research farms near the Purdue University campus. Illinois growers are encouraged to share any reports of significant root injury that may take place.

Dr. Dave Voegtlin (Illinois) and Dr. Dave Hogg (Wisconsin) conducted their annual spring survey of soybean aphids. They reported that there were fewer soybean aphids this spring as compared with the previous 2 years. Not entirely surprising considering our recent winter.

Mark your calendars or enter the date in your smart phone. The Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center will be hosting its summer Agronomy Day on Thursday, July 10th. Join University of Illinois Extension specialists and researchers as they address issues pertinent to the 2014 growing season. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. and will finish with a meal provided at Noon. It is open to all who wish to attend and there is no registration fee. CCA Continuing educational units will be available.

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