Serving DuPage, Kane and Kendall Counties

Commercial Agriculture spans a wide range of topics and works to address the needs of various producers. The expertise of our local educational specialists combined with the resources of the statewide Illinois Extension system form a powerful source of information and insight. Looking for an answer to a specific question? Scroll down to see the many resources available including farmdoc and Weekly Update, or contact Russel Higgins (below) or another one of our educators.

2019 YIELD SURVEY is now available (online version) (PDF version)

A unique opportunity: When corn and soybean planting stretched into June and even July in Illinois in 2019, we found ourselves grasping for any information we could find on 1) how much of an effect this would have on yield, and 2) what if anything we should change in management when planting was delayed and, in some cases, very late. What planting date data we had was somewhat helpful, but we did not have any data on what could happen when planting is delayed into the second half of June.
While it may be tempting to write off this year as a fluke from which there are no real lessons to be learned, we may want to rethink that. What we have is a giant, unplanned and involuntary experiment that is being conducted by Illinois farmers this year. This experiment can help us understand the ramifications of how planting date and variety maturity affect overall yields. This gives us the opportunity to collect a small amount of data on a large number of fields, which can be used to provide at least some idea of what we can do if we find ourselves in this kind of situation again in the future.
Russel Higgins
Extension Educator, Commercial Agriculture

Featured Resources


News and insight into managing and operating your farm

Illinois Manure Management Plan

The electronic version of the Illinois Manure Management Plan workbook

Certified Crop Adviser

Online course for CCA credit

Variety Testing Program

Annual crop performance tests on hybrids and varieties of the major Illinois field crops

Illinois Livestock Trail

Research from University of Illinois Extension animal systems specialists

Private Applicator Training

Online course to assist private pesticide applicators preparing for the licensing examination

  • Illinois Pesticide Review: The Illinois Pesticide Review provides concise information on legislation, regulations, and other developments directly impacting pesticide use in Illinois.
  • The Bulletin: Weekly bulletins during the growing season, letting you know what problem pests to look for before they reach your field
  • Weekly Outlook: Published each Monday, addresses current and prospective developments in crop and livestock markets