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Hill and Furrow 2014

June 2014 Weather Summary

Temperature and precipitation data listed below were collected at the Monmouth weather station located a little more than 4 miles from the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center (NWIARDC), while soil temperature and moisture probes are located at the NWIARDC. ...
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Cover crops webinar series - CCA CEU opportunity

The American Society of Agronomy will be hosting a Cover Crops webinar series on Thursdays in March. Each webinar is free and open to the public. Because this series is sponsored by 13 different public and private organizations, continuing education units will also be available to registered...
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A historical look at lethal soil temperatures

Each year as the first few warm spring days arrive, farmers begin gearing up to plant: checking over tractors and planters, arranging last-minute seed or input purchases, checking field conditions and checking the daily, short- and long-term weather forecasts for the region. According to...
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Upcoming Program - 2013: A Research Year in Review

Have you always wondered what happened at the University of Illinois' Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center just outside of Monmouth on 210th Avenue? To find out, join us at the Monmouth Country Club (1451 E. 3rd Avenue) at 1 p.m. on March 11th for...
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Corn and Soybean Development: Planting Date

University of Illinois Planting Date Trials. Along with numerous other biotic and abiotic factors, environmental conditions such as soil water availability and air temperature drive the growth and development of field crops. Each year, under the direction of Dr. Emerson Nafziger,...
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Webinar - Managing Your Farm in an Economic Downturn

Lower grain prices are narrowing margins for crop producers this year and are projected to continue into the future. This economic climate will be pose many economic and management challenges for crop producers. Agricultural Economists from Purdue University's Center for Commercial Agriculture...
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Boy do we need rain: May weather summary

Temperature and precipitation data listed below were collected at the Monmouth weather station located a little more than 4 miles from the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center (NWIARDC), while soil temperature and moisture probes are located at the NWIARDC. ...
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Japanese beetles survived the winter, now what?

Strategy for Japanese beetle traps: Detection then removal. Late each May, I place a red insecticide strip and a pheromone lure into a specially designed Japanese beetle trap that resembles a colorful torpedo or bomb (Figure). The lure works to attract Japanese...
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Rumors of 6 foot-deep frost

In my travels throughout the region, one person after another talks about how they heard that the soil had frozen more than 5 feet this winter. To find out how accurate these rumors were, I began speaking to people that may have more than rumors: DATA. As part of the Illinois...
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