Illinois: Crop Rotation Improves Yields, Decreases Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Says Study

🕔May 24, 2018Many farmers grow corn and soybean in rotation to avoid the continuous corn yield penalty, but now there’s another reason to rotate. Scientists at the University of Illinois have provided […]

Illinois Corn: 4 Black Cutworm Management Considerations

🕔May 21, 2018With corn planting wrapping up throughout most of Illinois, the time has come to scout for cutworms. While several species of cutworms infest early season corn, black cutworm (Agrotis ipsilon) […]

Illinois Corn: A Fast Start for the 2018 Crop

🕔May 21, 2018We worried our way through the cool month of April, with 32 percent of corn and only 7 percent of soybean acres planted by April 29, and nothing emerged. During […]

Illinois: Characteristics of Higher Profit Farms in 2017

🕔May 21, 2018This article uses 2017 data from Illinois Farm Business Farm Management to highlight selected differences between the highest profit grain farms (high one-third) and lower profitability grain farms (low one-third). […]

Illinois Corn, Soybeans: 6 Tips on Diagnosing Diseases

🕔May 21, 2018Now that the field season is upon us, it is a good time to go over some tips and tricks for diagnosing field issues. One item that I always mention […]

Illinois Wheat: Tips for Optimal Use of FHB Risk Tool

🕔May 10, 2018One of the hallmarks of the United States Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative was the development of the Fusarium Head Blight Prediction tool (or FHB Risk Tool).  This tool represents over […]

Crop Insurance: Overwhelming Use of Harvest Price Option – Example, Illinois

🕔May 9, 2018Over time, farmers have migrated to revenue crop insurance products with the harvest price option (HPO). Today, products with HPO are used on over 90% of the insured acres in […]

Illinois Wheat: Minimal Disease Presence So Far

🕔May 7, 2018This past week we spent a few days surveying wheat fields throughout the state in order to see how the crop is progressing as well as better understand what disease related issues […]

Illinois: Weed Science Field Research Tour, June 27, Champaign

🕔May 4, 2018The weed science program at the University of Illinois invites all weed management practitioners to our annual weed science field tour, which will be held on Wednesday, June 27 at […]

Illinois Soybeans: When Scouting, Look Deeper Than the Foliage

🕔May 3, 2018Sudden death syndrome (SDS) is a disease of concern for soybean producers in Illinois and the surrounding region.  The disease is caused by a soilborne fungus (Fusarium vilguliforme) that persists season […]

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