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Current topics about crop production in Western Illinois, including field crops research at the NWIARDC in Monmouth.
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Center Field Day - July 26, 8 AM

Join personnel from the Northwestern Illinois Ag Research and Demonstration Center for their 36th annual field day on July 26. Buses will leave the research center (321 201th Ave, Monmouth) at 8 AM sharp and travel to different stops where researchers will discuss their research at the center. Presentati...

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Extension Bi-State Crops Conferences in and near Western Illinois

New and longer-term partnerships between personnel in Illinois and personnel in Missouri and Iowa have resulted in several bi-state crops conferences to be held during January 2017 in Western Illinois or Eastern Iowa. Friday, January 6, 2017: Bi-State Crop Advantage Conference, Burlington, IA, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM...

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Figure. Northwestern Illinois Ag R&D Center personnel till a corn field after harvest.
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Did the recent rains delay your plans to till the soil for a 2017 soybean crop? You might be glad they did.

In 1995, a long-term research trial was established at the Northwestern Illinois Ag R&D Center (NWIARDC) to study the effects of crop rotation and tillage on corn, soybean and wheat yields and cropping system profitability. There are many factors that go into making the decision about which row crops to grow in a particular region: soil types, growing region and climate, grain prices and th...

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Figure. Corn yields at the Northwestern Illinois Ag. Research Center for the different crop rotations by year, from 1998 through 2014. Data are averaged over tilled and no-till.

Results of a 17-year study investigating the effects of crop rotation and tillage on yield and returns

The results of a study that was initiated at the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center nearly 20 years ago (fall 2015) were recently summarized by University of Illinois Agronomist Dr. Emerson Nafziger. This study was designed to compare yields and returns among different cropping sequences (continuous corn, corn-soybean, continuous soybean, corn-soybean-wheat and so...

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Exciting Program Planned for the 2015 Regional Crop Management Conferences!

Registration is now open for the 2015 Regional Crop Management Conferences. These 2-day conferences provide a forum for discussion and interaction between participants and university researchers and are designed to address a wide array of topics pertinent to crop production in Illinois: crop management, pest management, nutrient management, soil and water management. Certified Crop Advi...

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Figure. Palmer amaranth in a soybean field in Kankakee County, Illinois, 2013. The height of the plants can be compared to the mature corn in the background. (Photo credit: Dr. Aaron Hager).
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New "Weed Science" article supports zero tolerance strategy for Palmer amaranth

My fellow Commercial Agriculture – Crops Extension Educator Robert Bellm sent me a recently released article in Weed Science written by Norsworthy et al. (2014) . This article details the results of research designed to study the in-field spread of glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth over time. Palmer amaranth seeds travel. A single Palmer amaranth pla...

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Upcoming Program - 2013: A Research Year in Review

Have you always wondered what happened at the University of Illinois' Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center just outside of Monmouth on 210 th Avenue? To find out, join us at the Monmouth Country Club (1451 E. 3rd Avenue) at 1 p.m. on March 11 th for 2013: A Research Year in Review . We will be...

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Soil & Water Management Seminar to be held February 26th

The University of Illinois Extension will be offering a Soil & Water Management Seminar on February 26, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This program is geared toward Certified Crop Advisors, farmers and other agricultural professionals and will be held at both the Knox County Extension Office and in the 4-H Auditorium at the McDonough County Fair Grounds....

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There's still time to register for 10th Annual Crop Management Conference

University of Illinois Extension is hosting the 10 th annual Illinois Crop Management Conferences in January and February. Each conference is a two-day, in-depth program providing university research-based information on current crop production issues. The conference is geared toward farmers, Certified Crop Advisors, and other agriculture professionals and will address many 'hot topi...

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Figure. Observed under magnification, tiny, black fungal survival structures called microsclerotia can help in diagnosing charcoal rot.
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Tillage and continuous soybean production favor charcoal rot at the NWIARDC

Last week's blog post was about several soybean diseases that have been recently observed in Western Illinois. Another disease that may be affecting soybeans in Western Illinois is called charcoal rot. The fungus ( Macrophomina phaseolina ) that causes charcoal rot can cause disease in many different plants...

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NWIARDC Long-term crop rotation sequence and tillage trial (1998-2012)

Results of a 15 year study on the effects of long-term rotation sequence and tillage on corn, soybean and wheat yields are now available online ....

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Figure. Field sites involved in the USDA-NIFA Climate and Corn-Based Cropping Systems CAP project.

Corn-based Cropping Systems Project - Fact Sheets

Research and Extension personnel at the University of Illinois are now part of a USDA – National Institutes of Food and Agriculture Project called Cropping Systems Coordinated Agricultural Project (CSCAP): Climate Change, Mitigation, and Adaptation in Corn-based Cropping Systems. Dr. Emerson Nafziger's long-term extended rota...

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List of 2013 NWIARDC Trials

Brian Mansfield and Marty Johnson, Research Agronomist and Research Specialist, respectively, recently compiled a list of the 2013 NWIARDC Research Trials . There will be a total of 54 small plot research trials at the NWIARDC in 2013 including...

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Winter Extension Programs

Researchers from the University of Illinois are poised to deliver timely research-based recommendations through conferences scheduled in several locations around the state of Illinois this winter. 2012 Farm Economics Summit - December 10 - 14, 2012 - Five locations The team of agricultural economists that brings you online economic information on...

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Figure. Crop rotation/tillage study started at the NWIARDC in 1996.

What is small plot research?

At the University of Illinois Research Centers we do small-plot research. This isn't research that takes place in the highly controlled environment of a laboratory or a test tube, but outdoors. A farm field is a diverse environment, with many abiotic factors (rocks and other inorganic soil components, soil nutrients, residual pesticides, temperature, humidity, wind, precipitation, etc.) and biotic...

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Figure. 2011 fall tillage operations have exposed soil in a corn field at the NWIARDC.
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Crop rotation, tillage and yields

In 1996, the NWIARDC established a long-term crop rotation and tillage study ( Figure ). Crop rotations included various combinations of corn, soybean and wheat including: continuous corn, continuous soybean, corn/soybean, soybean-wheat-corn, and wheat-soybean-corn. Large rotation plots are split into different tillage treatments: fall tillage and no-tillage ( Figure...

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Figure. Field sites involved in the USDA-NIFA Climate and Corn-Based Cropping Systems CAP project.

Seeking farmer-cooperators

The physical location of the University of Illinois Research Centers were not just selected by throwing darts at a map, but serve to efficiently represent each of the larger soil and climate types in the state. These centers are a world-class resource for applied agricultural research and have provided a wealth of unbiased, research-based recommendations. University researchers have also worke...

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Figure 2. Map of predicted U.S. precipitation outlook for October through December 2012; areas shaded in green and labeled
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The 2012 fall forecast - replenishing and conserving soil moisture

As the 2012 growing season draws to a close, the topic that was on everyone's mind all season long - weather - continues to be an important and 'hot' topic. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center (NOAA-CPC) recently released their 3-month temperature and precipitation outlook for the period of October through December 31 st , 2012. Accor...

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Figure. Corn plants grown under different tillage systems in 2012: left = chisel plow; right = no-tillage.
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Tillage, plant stress, and lodging

The Illinois Department of Agriculture Illinois Soil Conservation Transect Survey Summary Report was released a year ago this month. Illinois Soil and Water Conservation District and USDA National Resources Conservation Service personnel randomly surveyed fields for plant residue in ea...

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