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Feedback sought on Pest Degree Day Calculator Upgrade

The Illinois Degree Day calculator has been available to Illinois producers since 2004. Hosted by the Illinois Climate Network (ICN), this pest management tool was developed to help aid producers in monitoring insect development throughout the growing season and aid in pest management decisions.… Read more

Register now for Tar spot Webinar, March 1

3/1/19 at 9:00 am CST

 

 

Join Dr. Nathan Kleczewski from the University of Illinois Extension  for an update on Tar spot in corn.  This disease was first observed in the United States in 2015 in Northern Illinois and Indiana. … Read more

What effect will cold temperatures have on pests and pathogens?

Nathan Kleczewski Research assistant Professor and Extension Field Crop Pathologist

Nick Seiter- Research Assistant Professor and Extension Field Crop Entomologist

 

Many in the Illinois agricultural community are wondering what effects the recent extreme cold might have on pests and pathogens.… Read more

New Tar Spot Publication Available

A new publication on Tar spot of corn is available through the Crop Protection Network.  In this publication we have summarized our current knowledge of the disease, it’s impacts, as well as presented management suggestions.  You can access the link to the library by clicking here.Read more

Soybean Quality Issues in 2019

I have had several conversations with members of the agricultural community regarding seed quality resulting from issues derived from delayed harvest and persistent wet conditions encountered in many parts of Illinois in 2018.  For more information on what seed producers and soybean farmers should keep in mind going into this season, see my new article published on the Illinois Field Crop Disease blog, found by clicking here.Read more

Field Performance of Seed Treatments and Soil Insecticides for Corn Rootworm Control

Authors: Nick Seiter and Joe Spencer

Producers across east-central Illinois have enjoyed low western corn rootworm pressure for several years, due to a combination of saturating rains during rootworm egg hatch and widespread use of Bt corn hybrids.… Read more

Despite local Bt resistance, growers still have options

The development of resistance to Bt Cry toxins by the western corn rootworm is a growing concern, highlighted by the recent confirmation of field-evolved resistance to Cry34/35Ab1 in Iowa (https://www.agriculture.com/crops/corn/why-managing-corn-rootworm-just-became-more-complicated). Across the Corn Belt there are western corn rootworm populations with resistance to multiple Bt Cry toxins expressed in Bt corn.… Read more

PEst and Pathogen Applied Research Guide now available

The 2018 report on applied pest and pathogen research in Illinois is now available.  This guide provides information on pest and disease management research updates.  It is currently located at the Field Crop Disease webpage. 

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Dicamba Buffers, Training and Licensing: What to Know for 2019

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) renewed the labels of three dicamba-containing products used in dicamba-resistant soybean varieties on October 31, 2018.  These renewed labels also contain new restrictions and requirements that did not appear on the original labels. … Read more

Dectes Stem Borer and Lodged Soybeans

Many soybean growers have had problems with lodging at harvest this year. The primary culprit for this (as for many of our woes this fall) was the extended period of unfavorable weather that we have suffered.… Read more