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Quick Guide to Cover Crops for Forage 2019

Quick Guide to Cover Crops for Forage 2019 Seeding rates, dates, yield potential and much more information relating to the cultivation and suitability of various cover crop species for use as forages. This Quick Guide was coordinated by Travis Meteer, University of Illinois Extension Educator Commercial Agriculture, with input from several other Illinois Extension Ag and Natural Resource Educators....
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Corn as a Cover Crop

Agronomic considerations regarding the use of corn as a cover crop include the following: This is an excerpt from a formal letter Emerson Nafziger and I wrote on this issue. A link to the letter is included below. 1.      Neither seed nor grain produced from seed of transgenic (GMO) corn hybrids can be used as cover crop seed, due to patent prohibitions. Seed or grain grown from non-GMO, non-patented hybrids can probably be used for this purpose, but check seed labels and grower agreements to...
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University of Illinois Extension 2019 Late Planting Checklist

University of Illinois Extension Specialists and Educators created the following checklist of common late planting questions. Corn planting continues in Illinois - should I change maturities? For planting by mid-June, the northern tiers of counties probably need hybrids that are 105 RM or less. On the I-80 corridor it should be 110 RM or less. If planting opportunities extend later into June, even earlier maturities might be in order, but remember that such hybrids aren't...
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Deja Vu Don't Panic Part 2

The 2018 planting season got off to a very late start and now in 2019 we are running even later. As the updated chart shows, delayed planting does not necessarily equate with lower yields.
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Don't Panic

Stealing a phrase from the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", there is still time to plant and get above average yields. The attached chart shows the Illinois corn planting progress chart since 1999 and the corresponding corn and soybean yields. I included the soybean yields because I have heard the question, "If corn planting is late, then soybeans will be even later and we have been pushing for early planting beans for higher yields." The USDA NASS data in the chart does not really show a...
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Snow Day for Planting

We often start April with some corn already planted and we normally end April with about 50 percent of the corn planted, based upon state averages published by the National Agricultural Statistics Service. The latest planting start in the last 20 years was in 2013 when only 1 percent of the crop had been planted by May 1 but by mid-May we had recovered significantly with 75 percent planted. The slowest year was probably 2009, that year at mid-May we were only at 20 percent planted. Even with...
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New download location for Soybean Seeding Calculator

The Soybean Seeding Calculator that Emerson Nafziger and I put together has moved to a new server. The old links went through a Dropbox folder. Unfortunately, Dropbox changed their sharing protocol and the links would no longer work and the links could not be changed. The University of Illinois Crop Science Department gave me a spot on their server to host some of my apps. I am now trying to get the word out. Unfortunately old documents on the Internet have a long lifespan and are out of my...
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