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Note Correct Dates: 2015 Regional Crop Management Conferences

Registration is now open for the 2015 regional Crop Management Conferences. These 2-day conferences in January and February provide a forum for discussion and interaction among participants and university researchers and are designed to address a wide array of topics pertinent to crop production in Illinois.… Read more

The Agenda for the 2015 University of Illinois Corn & Soybean Classics

With the 2014 harvest nearing completion, I would like to take this opportunity to announce the agenda for the 2015 University of Illinois Corn & Soybean Classics.  We look forward to welcoming back many who have attended one or more of our previous meetings and extend a warm welcome to those who will attend for the first time.  The program will feature eight presentations that emphasize crop production, pest management, economics, and the interactions among them.  Please note the program will begin at 8:30 AM and conclude between 3:00–3:30 PM.  Market updates will be provided throughout the day, and communication between speakers and participants is encouraged.  Question and answer sessions are scheduled for both morning and afternoon sessions.  A noon lunch and a proceedings booklet, containing synopses of all presentations, are provided to each registrant.… Read more

Brownstown Agronomy Research Center Cover Crop Field Day – Nov. 13

 

University of Illinois Extension and the Fayette County SWCD are hosting a Cover Crop Field Day on Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. The field day will be held at the U of I Brownstown Agronomy Research Center, 1588 IL 185, Brownstown, IL (Directions here).Read more

Ewing Demonstration Center Fall Cover Crop Field Day – Nov. 6th

Join us on Thursday, November 6th, 2014 for the the Ewing Demonstration Center Fall Cover Crop Field Day.  Registration and refreshments will start at 8:30 a.m. and the program will start at 9:00 a.m., rain or shine.  The Ewing Demonstration Center is located at 16132 N.… Read more

US EPA Concludes Neonicotinoid Seed Treatments of Negligible Benefit to Soybean Production

On October 15, 2014, the US Environmental Protection Agency issued a report on the benefits of neonicotinoid insecticidal seed treatments to soybean production in the United States. Neonicotinoid insecticidal seed treatments include imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, and clothianidin.… Read more

Fall-Applied Herbicides: Which Weed Species Should be the Target?

Herbicides applied in the fall often can provide improved control of many winter annual weed species compared with similar applications made in the spring.  Marestail is one example of a weed species that is often better controlled with herbicides applied in the fall compared with the spring.  An increasing frequency of marestail populations in Illinois are resistant to glyphosate, and within the past year we have confirmed that resistance to ALS-inhibiting herbicides also is present in Illinois populations.  Targeting emerged marestail with higher application rates of products such as 2,4-D in the fall almost always results in better control at planting compared with targeting overwintered and often larger plants with lower rates of 2,4-D in the spring.… Read more

Registration Site Open for 2014 AGMasters Conference

The registration site for the 2014 AGMasters Conference is now open! Space in the breakout sessions is limited and those with interest in this conference are strongly encouraged to register at their earliest convenience to help ensure the availability of specialized classes of most interest.The conference will take place at the I Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign, Illinois, December 15 to 16.… Read more

Volunteers Needed for Sampling Corn Grain

In June with wheat harvest underway, I asked people to send in grain samples so that under an NREC-funded project we could measure P and K levels to try to sharpen up our nutrient removal numbers.… Read more

2014 AGMasters Conference Takes Shape: Plan to Attend

The line up of speakers for the 2014 AGMasters Conference, December 15-16, is beginning to take shape. The 2-day conference will take place at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign, Illinois. The conference begins with a general session that features speakers covering a variety of topics including: potential water protection rules and standards, implications of the new Farm Bill, agrichemical/agribusiness/industry education initiatives, and the practical implications of evolutionary principles regarding resistance development by insects, plant pathogens, and weeds.… Read more

Remain Vigilant for Palmer Amaranth

Accurate identification of weedy Amaranthus species during early vegetative stages can be difficult.  However, identification of the various species becomes much more reliable when reproductive structures are present (Figure 1).

Before harvest begins, consider taking a few minutes to scout fields; at this time of year it is much easier to differentiate between Palmer amaranth (Figure 2) and waterhemp plants (Figure 3).… Read more