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Planting corn and soybeans in 2020

March rainfall in Illinois ranged from normal to a couple of inches above normal, but the last week of March and first week of April have been relatively dry, and field operations are getting underway. The April 6 NASS report indicates that there were 3.1 days suitable for fieldwork in Illinois during the week ending on April 5, but no planting was recorded.… Read more

New Plant Disease Post

The Illinois Field Crop Disease Hub is has a new post on Pythium in #corn and #soybean.  Click here to view the article.  Remember that you can sign up for updates from the disease hub by entering your email on the main page!… Read more

Managing Nitrogen for Corn in 2020

As was the case a year ago, there have been limited opportunities to apply nitrogen fertilizer since last fall. Rainfall in Illinois through the first three weeks of March has been at or above average, and temperatures have been a few degrees above normal.… Read more

What foliar corn diseases are your biggest concerns?

There are many diseases that can impact Illinois #corn production, and several are caused by pathogens that impact the foliage.  When foliage is damaged by pathogens, carbon and nutrient delivery to developing/filling grain can be reduced, limiting yields. … Read more

2020 corn and soybean fungicide efficacy tables now available

The 2020 fungicide efficacy tables for corn and soybean are now available on the Illinois Field Crop disease hub.  Click this link for more information.Read more

Weeds and Their Management in 2020

No sooner have many unpleasant memories of the 2019 growing season begun to fade than we find ourselves looking ahead to contemplating potential residual weed management challenges in 2020.

Winter Annual Weed Species

Delays in planting the 2019 crop often accompanied delays in controlling existing stands of winter annual weeds prior to planting. … Read more

2020 Weed Control Guide Now Available

The 2020 Weed Control Guide for Ohio, Indiana and Illinois contains 223 pages of weed management information, including weed response ratings for corn and soybean herbicides.  Information and recommendations for managing weeds in small grains and forages is included, along with specific information about and control recommendations for several problem weed species. … Read more

General information on plant disease management

We have posted some new materials (along with cool visual aids) on basics of integrated disease management.  Hopefully this information will be useful to you during this busy meeting season.  Click here to view this post.… Read more

Efficacy vs management trials

With meeting season going full blast, you will be seeing a slew of data pertaining to disease management and the efficacy of various disease management products.  We posted some general tips to keep in mind at the Illinois Field Crop Disease Hub that can be viewed HERE.… Read more

2019 Applied Research Results, Field Crop Disease and Insect Management now available

The 2019 edition of our annual report on applied research in field crop disease and insect management can be downloaded at the following link: https://uofi.box.com/v/2019PestPathogenARB

 

Each year, University of Illinois plant pathologists and entomologists produce a summary of the applied research we have conducted to inform disease and insect management practices in Illinois.… Read more