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Northern Illinois Agronomy Day, July 9th

The Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center will be hosting its summer Agronomy Day on Thursday, July 9th in Shabbona. Join University of Illinois Extension specialists and researchers as they address issues pertinent to the 2015 crop growing season.… Read more

Corn disease update and farewell

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).… Read more

Stink Bugs Observed in Soybean Fields of Southwestern Illinois

Byron Hendrix, Agronomist with Terayne AG Specialties, Venedy, IL, observed green and brown stink bugs in soybean fields in Washington County on June 25. The field in which stink bugs were observed was planted in early May.… Read more

Western Corn Rootworm Adults Present in Some Central Illinois Fields

In spite of the very heavy precipitation and saturated soils in many fields across the state, some western corn rootworm adults have survived and have been sighted in several fields in central Illinois. Matt O’Whene, Research Associate with DuPont Pioneer, observed western corn rootworm adults in a cornfield located in Piatt County on June 24.… Read more

Corn Rootworm Emergence Just Around the Corner for East Central Illinois

Joe Spencer, an entomologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey, observed 2nd and 3rd instar corn rootworm larvae earlier today (June 23) in his research plots located north of Urbana, Illinois. He anticipates the emergence of adults from these plots by early next week.… Read more

Corn and Nitrogen as Rains Continue

Some rain has fallen somewhere in Illinois nearly every day for the past 3 weeks, and rainfall totals for this period exceed 7 inches – two to three times normal – over more than half of the state (Figure 1).… Read more

Reminder…Weed Science Field Research Tour

The 2015 University of Illinois Weed Science Field Day will be held next Wednesday, June 24th at the University of Illinois Crop Sciences Research and Education Center, located immediately south of the main campus. Coffee and refreshments will be available under the shade trees near the Seed House beginning at 8:00 a.m.… Read more

Armyworms Inflict Damage to Corn in Northeastern Illinois

On June 8, I received a report from Stephanie Porter, Burrus Sales Agronomist, concerning a severe infestation of armyworms in McHenry County. Significant damage had been inflicted to a field of no-till corn in which rye had been used as a cover crop.… Read more

Western Corn Rootworm Hatch Update: Typical Timeline this Season

The annual western corn rootworm hatch appears to be similar this spring to the two most recent growing seasons. Thanks to Larry Bledsoe and his entomology colleagues at Purdue University, we have compiled a list of hatch dates over the past 20 years!… Read more

International Agronomy Day

The Department of Crop Sciences will host International Agronomy Day on August 31, 2015 at the Crop Sciences Research and Education Center at the University of Illinois. We have developed International Agronomy Day as an opportunity for international visitors to attend a field tour at the University of Illinois and interact with many of our faculty and staff. … Read more