Now is the time to consider treatment of ponds and lakes to prevent aquatic vegetation from overwhelming the water. If the water had excess aquatic vegetation last year, chances are it will this year as well. Controlling these weeds when the populations are low, before they’ve had an opportunity to greatly expand, makes the job much easier and potentially less costly.
Signs and symptoms of a few soybean diseases have begun to show up in some areas of the state over the last few weeks, and two of these diseases, sudden death syndrome (SDS) and Sclerotinia stem rot (white mold), are likely to cause economic losses in some growers' fields this year, said a University of Illinois plant pathologist.
June 11, 2014 will kick-off the 24th year of the Crop Scouting Workshop Series. Blair Hoerbert will host the session at his farm in rural San Jose in Logan County. The featured speaker for the day is Dennis Bowman, Extension Educator in Commercial Agriculture Field Crops. Bowman will cover aspects of using drones in scouting, as well as current pest and management topics.
Pasture rents were also included with Logan at $28, DeWitt $44.50, McLean $40, Mason $42, Menard $28.50, Macon $28.50, and Sangamon $40.50.
Recently, the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers announced 2014 cash rents on professionally managed farmland. Overall, 2014 cash rents on professionally managed farmland are projected to be lower than 2013 rents, perhaps signaling a move to lower cash rents in broader categories of farmland in 2015.
Professionally Managed Cash Rents