August 30, 2012
Richard Hentschel interviews Russ Higgins Crops Educator located at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center that does Corn and Soybean research along with small grains and bio fuel crops. Even in a bad crop year, allows researchers to learn and gain knowledge of crop tolerances of poor weather conditions. There can be striking differences that show up to be evaluated in these challenged growing seasons. Russ commented on supply chain and demand for grain products, livestock and dairy.
August 23, 2012
Richard Hentschel talks with Russ Higgins, Crops Educator at the DeKalb Research Center on crop conditions, crop insects and diseases. Most crops wre not heavily impacted by diseases because of the dry weather. Insects did become a problem in corn fields with little damage to soybeans according to Russ. Corn rootworm works against both the roots as larvae feeding and as an adult the silks
August 16, 2012
Richard Hentschel and Russ Higgins cover crop conditions in Northern Illinois, All but Cook, Will, DuPage and Kane counties have been given disaster status making farmers eligible for low interest loans for 2013. The hot weather and lack of water have severely impacted yields. Livestock producers are directly impacted as well with dry pastures.
August 9, 2012
Richard Hentschel discusses current crop conditions with Russ Higgins, Commercial Crops Educator at the Dekalb Research Center. Russ talks about the water stress and reduced yields on Corn and Soybeans in 2012. Richard and Russ also talked about the small grains like Wheat and Oats and finished wiht comments on farm pasture lands