Extension Educator, Commercial Agriculture
Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center
14509 University Road
Shabbona, IL 60550
Russ Higgins is an Extension Educator, Crop Sciences with University
of Illinois Extension. He works with adults and youth in pest identification
and control in the area of agricultural production.
Higgins holds a master of science degree from the University of Illinois
in agronomy and a bachelor of science in agricultural sciences from
Western Illinois University. His professional affiliations include the
National Association of County Agricultural Agents, Illinois Extension
Agricultural Association and American Society of Agronomy. He is an
American Society of Agronomy Certified Crop Advisor and a graduate of
the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program.
Areas of Expertise
Private pesticide applicator training
Entomology in the classroom
Pesticide safety for Master Gardeners
Biological, cultural and chemical control of insects, weeds and
diseases of field and forage crops
Use of transgenic crops for the control of insects in corn
GMO's in the food chain
Field identification of insect, weed and disease problems
Diagnosing herbicide injury symptoms and herbicide mode of action
Research update focusing on western corn rootworm damage in first-year corn
Management strategies to control common soybean diseases such as
sclerotinia white mold and sudden death syndrome.
Soybean cyst nematode biology and management
Higgins is a native of Grundy County. His wife, Zan, teaches high school.
They and their three children reside in rural Morris.
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