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Deer: Researchers Sorting Out the Cause of Chronic Wasting Disease

Deer: Researchers Sorting Out the Cause of Chronic Wasting Disease

👤By Lauren Quinn, University of Illinois 🕔Feb 8, 2018

Deer infected with chronic wasting disease are doomed to a slow and certain death, eventually wasting away as they lose the ability to eat and drink. There is no cure and no vaccine, and the number of infected deer continues

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Nutrient Runoff in Mississippi River: Specific Strategies Compared in Study

Nutrient Runoff in Mississippi River: Specific Strategies Compared in Study

👤By Lauren Quinn, University of Illinois 🕔Jan 23, 2018

Every summer, the Gulf of Mexico is flooded with excess nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater treatment plants and farm fields along the Mississippi River basin. And every summer, those nutrients create a “dead zone” in the Gulf. To address the

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Northern Corn Leaf Blight Genes Identified in New Study

Northern Corn Leaf Blight Genes Identified in New Study

👤By Lauren Quinn, University of Illinois 🕔Jan 11, 2018

Midwestern corn growers know the symptoms of northern corn leaf blight all too well: greenish-gray lesions on the leaves that can add up to major yield losses if not detected and treated early. Resistance genes have been identified in corn,

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Apples: Disease Resistant Varieties Expected to Become More Popular

Apples: Disease Resistant Varieties Expected to Become More Popular

👤By Lauren Quinn, University of Illinois 🕔Nov 15, 2017

You may not find them in the produce aisle yet, but it’s only a matter of time before new disease-resistant apple cultivars overtake favorites like Honeycrisp in popularity, according to a University of Illinois apple expert. “I know everyone wants

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Illinois: 2017 a Great Year for Pumpkins

Illinois: 2017 a Great Year for Pumpkins

👤By Lauren Quinn, University of Illinois 🕔Oct 25, 2017

Despite a scare in mid-August, the 2017 Illinois pumpkin crop is looking good. In fact, one expert says, “Don’t hesitate to carve more than one this year. There are plenty of pumpkins for everyone.” Mohammad Babadoost, plant pathologist and pumpkin

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Illinois: Harrington Seed Destructor Demonstration, Savoy, Oct. 12

Illinois: Harrington Seed Destructor Demonstration, Savoy, Oct. 12

👤By Lauren Quinn, University of Illinois 🕔Sep 8, 2017

Farmers battling herbicide resistant weeds could add a new weapon to their arsenal, but it’s not a chemical. The Harrington Seed Destructor destroys this year’s weed seeds during harvest, preventing establishment in the spring. Farmers can see it in action

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Herbicide Rotation Ineffective Against Resistance in Waterhemp, Says Study

Herbicide Rotation Ineffective Against Resistance in Waterhemp, Says Study

👤By Lauren Quinn, University of Illinois 🕔Sep 6, 2017

Farmers have been battling herbicide-resistant weeds for generations. A common practice for most of that time has been to rotate between different herbicides every season. But despite farmers’ best efforts, herbicide resistance has grown through the years, with some weed

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Soybean Rust Develops ‘Rolling’ Epidemics as Spores Travel North, According to Study

Soybean Rust Develops ‘Rolling’ Epidemics as Spores Travel North, According to Study

👤By Lauren Quinn, University of Illinois 🕔Aug 30, 2017

Although Midwestern soybean growers have yet to experience the brunt of soybean rust, growers in the southern United States are very familiar with the disease. Every year, the fungus slowly moves northward from its winter home in southern Florida and

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Illinois: DuPont-Pioneer Plant Sciences Symposium, Urbana, Sept. 29

Illinois: DuPont-Pioneer Plant Sciences Symposium, Urbana, Sept. 29

👤By Lauren Quinn, University of Illinois 🕔Aug 28, 2017

Top scientists and students will come together on Sept. 29 to highlight innovative technologies that are improving agriculture and helping feed the world. The occasion marks the second time the DuPont-Pioneer Plant Sciences Symposium has been held in the ACES Library at

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New System Could Remove 2 Water Pollutants from Ag Fields

New System Could Remove 2 Water Pollutants from Ag Fields

👤By Lauren Quinn, University of Illinois 🕔Aug 1, 2017

Algae blooms in the Gulf of Mexico use up the majority of the oxygen in the water, leading to massive “dead zones” that cannot support fish or other wildlife. The culprit? Nitrate, running off agricultural fields through tile drainage systems.

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