Illinois Corn: Now Is Not the Time to Scout for Diseases Oct 7, 2020

🕔Oct 7, 2020
Corn harvest is well underway in Illinois and we should move through our harvest at a decent rate given the current forecast.  It is at this time every year that […]

Illinois Corn: Keep an Eye Out for Southern Rust Jul 30, 2020

🕔Jul 30, 2020
Over the last two weeks our reports of southern rust have increased from a single find in the northern part of the state, to multiple detections across areas of the […]

Illinois Corn, Soybeans: 5 Disease to Watch for Following Recent Rains Jul 16, 2020

🕔Jul 16, 2020
Last week I gave an update on the diseases we are starting to see in parts of Illinois corn.  We have had a few decent rain events, the most recent […]

Illinois: Do Fungicides Help Hail Damaged Crops? Jul 14, 2020

🕔Jul 14, 2020
With recent hail in Illinois, the questions will start coming in as to the utility of foliar fungicides for  wounded plant tissues. Some people consider fungicides for hail-damaged crops because it is believed that […]

Illinois Corn: Start Scouting for Diseases Now! Jul 13, 2020

🕔Jul 13, 2020
Most of Illinois this season has been hot and dry, especially through central and northern portions of the state.  This has been good as far as limiting foliar diseases in our […]

Illinois Corn: Dealing with Bacterial Leaf Streak Jun 29, 2020

🕔Jun 29, 2020
Recently there have been a flood of reports of Bacterial leaf streak (BLS) from areas within Iowa.  Not surprisingly reports of  BLS have started to come in from portions of Northern Illinois, an […]

Illinois Corn: Dealing with Nematodes – Thresholds and Sampling Jun 17, 2020

🕔Jun 17, 2020
Nematodes are roundworms that are extremely abundant in nature.  Nematodes can have many different lifestyles,  from feeding on bacteria, fungi, detritus, and other nematodes, to feeding on hosts such as humans, […]

Illinois Corn: 5 Considerations for Tar Spot Management May 20, 2020

🕔May 20, 2020
It’s early in the season, but before we know it, corn will be chest high and we will be thinking about if in season management is needed.  Last year I […]

Illinois Wheat: Should You Be Worried About Stripe Rust? May 12, 2020

🕔May 12, 2020
Stripe rust is a fungal disease of wheat that can be extremely damaging under the appropriate conditions. Unlike stem and leaf rust, stripe rust is a cool season beast, favoring temperatures between […]

Illinois Soybeans: 5 Steps for Managing Seed Quality Issues Apr 16, 2020

🕔Apr 16, 2020
The 2019 soybean harvest was problematic.  Wet weather delayed harvest in many parts of the state, and a hard early frost added additional insult to injury (pun intended).  Unfortunately, a wet finish […]

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