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post on fungicides for hail damaged crops

That was one heck of a storm yesterday.  Many fields throughout East central Illinois were severely affected by nickel sized hail.  Although my three year old stated that we should, “use some tape” to fix the damaged tissues, some will consider fungicide applications. … Read more

Hoping for rain: crops at mid-season 2020

While the record will show that planting progress for both corn and soybean crops in Illinois was close to normal in 2020, heavy rainfall in May and again in early June in some places this year led to some replanting, and some ponded areas don’t have a stand.… Read more

Spider Mites in Soybean

Spider mites often show up when it’s hot and dry outside. Given our current weather (and the promise of more heat to come), it’s a good time to review our scouting and management recommendations. Spider mites feed on a wide variety of plants, and usually enter soybean fields from grassy edges – especially right after the edges have been mowed, which causes the mites to seek out a new food source.… Read more

Weed Control in Wheat Stubble Fields

Wheat harvest marks the end of one cropping cycle and the beginning of a second.  In parts of central and southern Illinois, farmers frequently opt to plant double-crop soybean following wheat harvest, with hopes that the first “killing” frost will be late enough to allow the soybean to reach maturity. … Read more

New Corn Disease Articles Available

We have several articles on the Illinois Field Crop Disease Hub that have some timely information for you.  First, a discussion on bacterial leaf streak of corn, which was detected last week in Illinois.  Next, part one of our series on corn nematodes. … Read more

Guidance for the Continued Use of Dicamba-Containing Products in Illinois

The Illinois Department of Agriculture recently issued a document containing guidance “to help pesticide dealers, commercial pesticide applicators and farmers understand the U.S. EPA order and the State of Illinois extension of the cut-off date for application.”  The document includes many frequently asked questions and how the Department interprets the guidelines from U.S.… Read more

IDOA Statement on USEPA Cancellation Order-Use of Existing Stock

On June 3, 2020, in National Family Farm Coalition vs. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Case No. 19-70115, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling immediately vacating the registrations of Xtendimax, FeXapan and Engenia, all of which contain the herbicide dicamba.Read more

Illinois Department Of Agriculture Statement on 9th Circuit Dicamba Ruling

On June 3, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling immediately vacating the registrations of Xtendimax, FeXapan and Engenia. The Ninth Circuit ruled that USEPA’s registrations of those products violated The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).  … Read more

Postemergence Herbicide Options to Manage Weeds in Dicamba-Resistant Soybean

The recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to vacate the registrations of XtendiMax, Engenia and FeXapan has generated many questions about herbicide options to control weeds in dicamba-resistant soybean. … Read more

Effective Immediately: No Additional Distribution, Sale or Application of Certain Dicamba-Containing Products

On June 3, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued their decision that effectively vacated the registrations of the dicamba-containing products XtendiMax, Engenia and FeXapan.  Since this ruling many questions have arisen, including the fate of these products already in the commercial channel. … Read more