Variable Weather Makes Weeds Harder to Whack Feb 12, 2021

🕔Feb 12, 2021
From flooded spring fields to summer hailstorms and drought, farmers are well aware the weather is changing. It often means spring planting can’t happen on time or has to happen […]

Male Weeds May Hold Key to Their Own Demise Dec 11, 2020

🕔Dec 11, 2020
Scientists are getting closer to finding the genes for maleness in waterhemp and Palmer amaranth, two of the most troublesome agricultural weeds in the U.S. Finding the genes could enable […]

Organic Corn: Illinois Scientists Rev Up Plant Breeding Nov 2, 2020

🕔Nov 2, 2020
A new $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) will support University of Illinois scientists and collaborators as they develop improved […]

Climate Change: Redefining Drought in the Corn Belt Oct 5, 2020

🕔Oct 5, 2020
As the climate trends warmer and drier, global food security increasingly hinges on crops’ ability to withstand drought. But are scientists and producers focusing on the right metric when measuring […]

3 Major Weeds Have Genomes Unlocked Aug 28, 2020

🕔Aug 28, 2020
Representing some of the most troublesome agricultural weeds, waterhemp, smooth pigweed, and Palmer amaranth impact crop production systems across the U.S. and elsewhere with ripple effects felt by economies worldwide. […]

Illinois: Agronomy Day Goes Virtual Aug 21, 2020

🕔Aug 21, 2020
In its 63rd year, Agronomy Day at the University of Illinois will be an event unlike any other. For the first time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event moves […]

Continuous Corn: 20 Year Study Highlights Negative Impacts on Soil Health Jun 19, 2020

🕔Jun 19, 2020
Soil microbes are living, working barometers of soil health. They are responsible for turning atmospheric nitrogen into forms plants can use, and for releasing nitrogen back into the air. Farm […]

Illinois: Creative Solutions Ensure Pesticide Applicators Can Go to Work Apr 24, 2020

🕔Apr 24, 2020
While many of us are staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, some 37,000 licensed pesticide applicators are going to work, ensuring an abundant food supply and weed- and insect-free […]

Corn: New Method Measures Productivity in Real Time Mar 9, 2020

🕔Mar 9, 2020
University of Illinois scientists, with help from members of the Illinois Corn Growers Association, have developed a new, scalable method for estimating crop productivity in real time. The research, published […]

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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