University of Illinois Extension

Archives for March 2017

March 30, 2017

Richard Hentschel discusses planting dates for our major farm crops with Russ Higgins, Agriculture Educator for University of Illinois Extension. One of the biggest factors farmers follow is related to the dates crop insurance takes effect. For Corn that date is April 10th and April 15 for Soybeans. Culturally stable oil temperatures 2 or more inches down need to be reached for corn. Soybeans go in after that.

One of our worst summer weeds coming on is Palmer Amaranth, one of the pigweeds. Palmer amaranth can produce more than 400,000 seeds per plant with crop competition and is easily spread by geese and equipment.

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March 23, 2017

Russ Higgins, Ag Educator talks with Host Richard Hentschel about corn and soybean yields in 2016 2016 averages were 197 Bushels and 59 bushels for soybeans. Good weather and moisture levels were strong factors in getting these high yields. Right now pricing is supply based rather than demand driven. US is competing with world markets now. Corn and Soybeans are being grown in places well outside the typical corn belt.

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March 16, 2017

Host Richard Hentschel discusses spring farming with Russ Higgins, Agriculture Educator. Farmers are dealing with weather just like the homeowner. While corn and beans are not impacted by late winter and spring weather, but winter wheat clearly is with our early warm temperatures. Hopefully our recent cold weather has not damaged or killed the winter wheat crop. Winter weeds are not normally not a problem but can be vectors for certain diseases and pest insects. Soil moisture around the state have been quite variable in parts of the state, very wet to droughty.

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March 9, 2017

Richard concludes the pruning shrubs in the home landscape with discussion on the third technique called heading back cuts. Often heading back cuts are used with renewal pruning. Heading back cuts help the plant return to its natural shape. Heading back cuts also allows you to redirect the direction of future growth. Where those cuts occur in the canopy will also provide a fuller shrub.

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March 2, 2017

Richard Hentschel continues the pruning series by discussing renewal pruning of shrubs in the home landscape. Renewal pruning allows a portion of the existing branch structure to remain. Start by removing any dead branches and then move on to branches causing structural problems. A portion of the older wood is removed each year over a 3 year period. Older wood is often the taller branches and may contain insect or disease problems too.

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