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Dig into Spring

Start the growing season off right with expert advice from the spring edition of Gardeners Corner. Explore new flower and vegetable varieties, how to read a seed packet, and more.
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Take a Pesticide Applicator Test

The Pesticide Safety Education Program is offering in person and online training and certification now through March to help Applicators and Operators meet their goals.
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Small changes in your personal life can have positive impacts on the environment. Explore how prescribed burns work, how to build better soils, and more.
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Illinois at increased risk of drought conditions

Parts of northeast, western, and central Illinois have been much drier than normal in the past 4 to 6 weeks, causing dry soils and lower streamflow. Perennials, gardens, and young trees in these areas have begun to show some response to the dryness, requiring more frequent watering than typical…

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What’s in a name? The roots of fruit and vegetable names are long and intertwined

URBANA, Ill. – While Ireland is known for potatoes and Italy for its tomato-based sauces, many iconic fruits and vegetables have a tangled global history that has led to what ends up in your garden or on your plate. If someone says aubergine and you say eggplant, or maybe chickpeas and garbanzo…

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Automated agricultural machinery requires new approaches to ensuring safety

URBANA, Ill. — From self-driving tractors to weeding robots and AI-powered data collection, automated machinery is revolutionizing agricultural production. While these technological advancements can greatly improve productivity, they also raise new questions about safety measures and regulations…

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