Illinois: Wheat Progress and Early Season Diseases Apr 8, 2020

🕔Apr 8, 2020
Wheat in the southernmost part of Illinois is near Feekes growth stage (FGS) 7, while areas in the mid south are nearing FGS 5.  Wheat in the central part of […]

Illinois Corn, Soybeans: Planting Considerations for 2020 Apr 8, 2020

🕔Apr 8, 2020
March rainfall in Illinois ranged from normal to a couple of inches above normal, but the last week of March and first week of April have been relatively dry, and […]

Illinois Corn, Soybeans: Pythium- An Early Season Pain Apr 6, 2020

🕔Apr 6, 2020
There are many seedling diseases that affect corn and soybeans. These diseases can reduce root development, nutrient and water uptake, plant growth, and in severe cases, kill seedlings. One of the biggest issues […]

Illinois Corn: Nitrogen Management Considerations for 2020 Mar 25, 2020

🕔Mar 25, 2020
As was the case a year ago, there have been limited opportunities to apply nitrogen fertilizer since last fall. Rainfall in Illinois through the first three weeks of March has […]

Illinois: Digging Into Net-Share Land Rent Returns – Multi-Year Comparisons Mar 20, 2020

🕔Mar 20, 2020
Over time, more farmland leases in Illinois have been shifting from traditional crop share leases to cash leases.  In addition, there has been some increase in flexible or variable rent […]

Illinois: Managing Corn Rootworm – Outlook for 2020 Mar 16, 2020

🕔Mar 16, 2020
Corn rootworm remains the greatest insect pest threat to corn in Illinois, despite low populations in recent years compared with historical averages. Resistance to Bt traits and crop rotation throughout […]

Illinois Corn, Soybeans: Profitability and Acreage Shifts Mar 11, 2020

🕔Mar 11, 2020
At its recent Agricultural Outlook Forum, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released estimates of 2020 planted acres in the United States, with both corn and soybean acres increasing from 2019 […]

Illinois: Impact Mills Do Better Than Weed Seed Counts Might Indicate Mar 3, 2020

🕔Mar 3, 2020
Impact mills, which destroy weed seeds picked up by a combine, may be doing an even better job than previously thought. A recent University of Illinois study, running an Australian […]

Illinois: Abundant Weed Management Challenges Taking Shape Feb 29, 2020

🕔Feb 29, 2020
The stage is set for dense stands of winter annual weeds this spring. Conditions were right last season for abundant weed seed production, plus the relatively mild winter favored heavy […]

Cover Crops Have Universally Positive Effect on Soil Microbiome – Study Feb 28, 2020

🕔Feb 28, 2020
Only a fraction of conventional row crop farmers grow cover crops after harvest, but a new global analysis from the University of Illinois shows the practice can boost soil microbial […]

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