Illinois Corn, Soybeans: How Will Cold Temps Affect Pests, Pathogens?

🕔Feb 11, 2019Many in the Illinois agricultural community are wondering what effects the recent extreme cold might have on pests and pathogens. While it would be nice if the cold temperatures we are experiencing could […]

Illinois Soybeans: How Can You Make Up for Poor Seed Quality?

🕔Feb 8, 2019This year many in the Illinois agricultural community have had questions and concerns regarding soybean seed quality.  If you recall, many areas in Illinois suffered from persistent late season rains which delayed […]

Illinois Soybeans: Stem Zone Lines Do Not Indicate Charcoal Rot

🕔Nov 12, 2018Charcoal rot is a disease that we see in years where soybeans are stressed for a significant portion of the season due to drought.  If you look at older references and […]

Illinois Soybeans: Too Wet to Sample for SCN? Spring Is Still an Option.

🕔Nov 9, 2018Soybean Cyst Nematode is an extremely important, yield limiting pathogen of soybeans in Illinois, reducing yields an average of 1-3% across the state.  As I have written in earlier posts, sampling […]

Illinois Soybeans: Late Season Stem Discoloration – What Caused It?

🕔Nov 2, 2018The harvest in 2018 has been marred by frequent rains that resulted in soybeans in portions of the state being left out longer than desired.  As expected, more attention to […]

Illinois Corn: Tar Spot – 6 Common Misconceptions

🕔Sep 27, 2018As we finish our corn harvest in 2018, we have noticed an increasing amount of information pertaining to tar spot circulating through the agronomic community that is not entirely correct.  […]

Midwest Corn: Tar Spot Update – Video

🕔Sep 19, 2018Tarspot in corn continues to be the hot topic in our field crops this season.  I put together a brief update on what we know based on this seasons observations. […]

Illinois Corn: Tar Spot – If You Have It, Please Send in Samples

🕔Aug 27, 2018Tar spot is a relatively new disease in corn.  It was first described in Illinois and Indiana in 2015, and was first located near DeKalb.  Tar spot has been detected to some […]

Illinois Corn: Physoderma Brown Spot and Node Rot

🕔Aug 10, 2018Those of you who follow me on twitter (@ILplantdoc) likely noticed numerous photos that I posted earlier in the season of Physoderma brown spot and node rot (PBS) on corn.  […]

Illinois Soybeans: Spray Decisions for Frogeye Leaf Spot

🕔Jul 27, 2018Soybeans throughout the state are maturing and consequently, many people have been asking questions about the need to make a fungicide application for suppressing frogeye leaf spot (FLS) in soybeans. […]

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