July 25, 2013
Greenside Up Host Richard Hentschel discusses Cover Crops and troublesome weeds with Russ Higgins, Commercial Agriculture Educator from the Northern Illinois Agriculture Research Center. Cover crops are common throughout Illinois, but pose some challenges for farmers in Northern Illinois. In our area cover crops need to be sown before the Corn crop is harvested. Cover crop seeds are applied by airplane over the top of the existing corn crop. Russ and Richard also talked about weed management for the farmer and just how different it is from how a homeowner deals with weeds. One concern is that of an invasive weed that gets established in a field without a way to control it. Weeds that have developed the ability to resist an herbicide is always a concern as well. Just like the gardener, stopping the weeds while they are young is best
July 18, 2013
Host Richard Hentschel talks with Russ Higgins from the Northern Illinois Agriculture Research Center located in DeKalb County about how our soils are doing with all the rain we have received and what that means for crop root development. Overly wet soils can impact good root growth by displacing the soil oxygen normally found in the soil profile. Russ mentioned that the critical period for good soil moisture is when the field corn is tasseling. Soybeans can flower and set seed pods over a longer period of time. Russ also commented on the other crops a farmer can grow in addition to corn and beans. Winter wheat and oats and a newer idea is using a cover crop and its uniqueness to Northern Illinois.
July 11, 2013
Host Richard Hentschel interviews Commercial Ag Educator Russ Higgins and how the weather pattern from 2012 to 2013 has changed how farmers have had to plant their crops in N. Illinois. Russ talks about how far behind planting is and right now about a month. The typical planting starts with Field Corn, Moves on to Soybeans. The early corn has had some challenges with good root development because of the wetter soils.