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Louisiana Sugarcane: Maximizing Harvest with the Right Blade

Louisiana Sugarcane: Maximizing Harvest with the Right Blade

👤By Debra Larson, University of Illinois 🕔Jan 17, 2018

You wouldn’t use the same knife to cut through a thick steak as you would to slice an angel food cake, right? Although that may be a ridiculous comparison, the same principle holds true when harvesting various crops. One blade

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Cellulosic Biofuel Crops: Sorghum Offers Highest Yields in Many Parts of U.S.

Cellulosic Biofuel Crops: Sorghum Offers Highest Yields in Many Parts of U.S.

👤By Debra Levey Larson, University of Illinois 🕔Jan 16, 2018

According to a recent ruling by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, 288 million gallons of  must be blended into the U.S. gasoline supply in 2018. Although this figure is down slightly from last year, the industry is still growing

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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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Price Prospects For 2018 – Grains, Livestock

Price Prospects For 2018 – Grains, Livestock

👤By Todd Hubbs, Market Economist, University of Illinois 🕔Dec 29, 2017

This is a presentation summary from the 2017 Illinois Farm Economics Summit (IFES) which occurred December 18-22, 2017. A complete collection of presentations including PowerPoint Slides (PPT) and printable summaries (PDF) are available here. CROPS Crop prices will remain below the

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Western Corn Rootworm: Scientists Move Closer to I.D. Resistant Gene

Western Corn Rootworm: Scientists Move Closer to I.D. Resistant Gene

👤By Lauren Quinn, University of Illinois 🕔Dec 11, 2017

Midwest farmers know all too well that Western corn rootworm populations have stopped responding to insecticides and the genetically modified corn hybrids designed to resist insect attacks. But, University of Illinois researchers have uncovered the genetic basis of the western

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Soybeans: Using Dicamba Herbicides to Manage Resistant Weeds

Soybeans: Using Dicamba Herbicides to Manage Resistant Weeds

👤From The Ohio State University, Purdue University, and the University of Illinois 🕔Nov 29, 2017

Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois are heavily infested with weeds resistant to glyphosate (group 9), PPO inhibitors (group 14), and ALS inhibitors (group 2). This has greatly reduced the number of effective postemergence herbicides for controlling these weeds in Roundup Ready 2 (RR2)

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USDA Photosynthesis Project: New Traits Could Increase Crop Yields by 20% to 50%

USDA Photosynthesis Project: New Traits Could Increase Crop Yields by 20% to 50%

👤By Claire Benjamin, University of Illinois 🕔Sep 15, 2017

Political and agricultural leaders gather at the University of Illinois today to see transformative work by scientists in the Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) research project, which has already demonstrated yield increases of 20 percent. A $45 million, five-year reinvestment

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Ag Tech: New Autonomous Robot Helps Measure Crop Traits

Ag Tech: New Autonomous Robot Helps Measure Crop Traits

👤By Claire Benjamin, University of Illinois 🕔Sep 12, 2017

Investors and executives in the agricultural industry are getting a first look at TerraSentia, a new-to-the-market agricultural robot that autonomously measures crop traits, developed at the University of Illinois. TerraSentia is being unveiled on Sept. 11 to 13 at the Ag Innovation

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Biofuels: New Feedstock Could Fly Airlines Thousands of Miles

Biofuels: New Feedstock Could Fly Airlines Thousands of Miles

👤By Claire Benjamin, University of Illinois 🕔Sep 11, 2017

A Boeing 747 burns one gallon of jet fuel each second. A recent analysis from researchers at the University of Illinois estimate that this aircraft could fly for 10 hours on bio-jet fuel produced on 54 acres of specially engineered

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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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