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Save the Date: Regional Illinois Crop Management Conferences

The dates and locations for the 2016 regional Crop Management Conferences are as follows:


       January 20: Mt. Vernon – Krieger/Holiday Inn Convention Center.

       January 27: Springfield – Northfield Inn Conference Center.

       February 3:  Champaign – i-Hotel and Conference Center.… Read more

Ewing Demonstration Center Fall Cover Crop Field Day – Nov. 3

Join us for our Fall Cover Crop Field Day at the University of Illinois Extension Ewing Demonstration Center on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Included in the afternoon field day will be a discussion of the on-going cover crop research, including a tour of the annual cover crop variety trial with over 20 differ-ent cover crop plots.… Read more

Considerations for Weed Management in 2016

Here is the final installment of considerations for weed management in 2016.


Steps for Successful Weed Management in Glufosinate-Resistant (Liberty Link) Soybean


Step 1:

Plant Liberty Link soybean seed into a weed-free seedbed

Achieve a weed-free seedbed through the use of:

                          1) Preplant tillage

                          2) Effective burndown herbicide(s)

                          3) A combination of tillage and burndown herbicides


Step 2:

Select and apply within 14 days of planting a soil-residual herbicide that targets your most problematic weed species.… Read more

Considerations for Weed Management in 2016


Here is the third installment with additional considerations for weed management in 2016.  The final installment will be posted tomorrow.


Multiple or Effective

The continuing and expanding challenges imposed on agronomic cropping systems by weed populations resistant to various herbicides has led to renewed interest in utilizing multiple modes of herbicide action in weed management programs.… Read more

University of Illinois Retirement and New Career

On October 31, 2015, I will retire from the University of Illinois and on November 9, 2015, begin a new career with Monsanto Company, St. Louis, Missouri as Sustainable Agricultural Systems Lead. So, my actual retirement will be short-lived.… Read more

Considerations for Weed Management in 2016

Here is the second installment with additional considerations for weed management in 2016.

Resistance remains

Herbicide-resistant weed populations continue to be a common occurrence across most areas of Illinois. Waterhemp and horseweed (marestail) are the two most common herbicide-resistant weed species in Illinois, and observations during 2015 suggest these species are likely to remain prevalent in 2016.… Read more

Considerations for Weed Management in 2016

One of the founding fathers of the United States is often credited as the source of the phrase “in this world nothing can be certain, except death and taxes.” Scholars and pundits alike have added other “certainties” to this relatively short original list, so perhaps we can enjoy a sense of serenity to suggest another: weeds.… Read more

Online courses target weed & crop management

Each year the University of Illinois Extension’s regional Crop Management Conferences offer hours of research-based education to farmers, Certified Crop Advisors, and other agricultural professionals. Interactive online courses were developed from 2015 conference presentations by University of Illinois Department of Crop Science faculty:

  • New (and old) Tools for Delaying and Coping with Herbicide Resistance – Dr.
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Another CORN DISEASE ALERT: New Bacterial leaf disease ‘Bacterial Stripe’ (Burkholderia andropogonis) of Corn identified in Illinois

Symptomatic corn leaf samples from Champaign County, Illinois have been confirmed positive for the bacterium Burkholderia andropogonis (Pseudomonas adropogonis (Smith) Stapp.) the causal agent of Bacterial Stripe disease by the University of Illinois Plant Clinic. This has been reported to the Illinois Department of Agriculture and the USDA.… Read more

Making Input Decisions for Corn Rootworms in 2016 – Check out New Webcast

Producers throughout the Corn Belt are in the midst of harvest operations. However, it’s not too soon to begin evaluating the value of corn rootworm inputs for 2015 and their potential value for the 2016 growing season.… Read more