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Around the County 2015

Illinois Pumpkin Day

ILLINOIS PUMPKIN DAY - 2015 PLACE: Vegetable Crops Research Farm at Champaign, IL DATE: September 2, 2015 TIME: 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. PRESENTATIONS: All at Research Plots Varieties Herbicides & Weed Control ...
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Hartsburg Field Cover Crop Demonstration Update

Here is a set of updated photos from the Hartsburg Field cover crop strip demonstration taken October 16, 2015. Below is the seeding information from the September 17 seeding. Lack of moisture is severely impacting some of the seedings. Cover Crop # Seed used # Oats used Acres Applied...
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Weed Control for Ponds

Farm pond weed control seems to the the hot topic - when it is usually too late to do much about it without affecting fish populations. One of the keys it to begin early, so decaying algae doesn't affect oxygen levels in the water, leading to a fish kill. If you already have had a significant algae...
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Spring Nitrogen Management - from Emerson Nafziger

Most corn producers have planned their spring nitrogen program for 2015, and many have already started to implement their program. Such plans might include fall ammonia application, early spring application of ammonia or another form of nitrogen, or plans to apply all of the nitrogen at or after...
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Fly Free Date for Wheat Planting in Illinois

As wheat has become less common as a crop, it is harder to find the "fly free date" in publications. For those who are not familiar with the term, this comes from the date after which damage from the Hessian fly is negligible. It is also the planting date range which typically gives the best yields...
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Sudden Death Syndrome Symptoms Appear - from Angie Peltier

Last week, symptoms of sudden death syndrome (SDS) began to appear in April 15-planted soybeans at the University of Illinois's Northwestern Research Center in Warren County, according to a U of I Extension educator. Angie Peltier explained that weather during the 2015 growing season has been...
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Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale - from Travis Meteer

Commercial cow-calf producers and seedstock breeders interested in purchasing a total performance-tested bull will want to attend the 2015 Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 19, at 11 a.m. at the Livestock Center on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. The...
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Avian Influenza - Bird Flu

With increasing concern about avian influenza (bird flu), a set of fact sheets has been developed by Extension Specialists and Educators to help producers and consumers to prepare for the situation. These resources are located at:...
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Corn Disease Management - from Carl Bradley

Last week, I visited all of the University of Illinois corn variety trials in the northern half of the state. Gray leaf spot and northern leaf blight were beginning to appear in most of the locations, but were the most obvious at the trial located near Perry, IL (Pike County)....
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Black Cutworm Moth Update - from Mike Gray

Although no intense flights (nine or more moths caught over a two-day period) of black cutworm moths have been reported, captures of this species have been common in several Illinois counties and states, said a University of Illinois Extension entomologist. Mike Gray said that impressive flights...
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Hartsburg Field Cover Crop Demonstration

One of the emerging trends to improve soil tilth, and to scavenge available nitrogen to prevent its loss from the field, is to utilize cover crops. A simple demonstration has been put out at the Hartsburg Field to demonstrate a few examples of self-terminating (meaning it is killed by the cold...
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