Issue No. 4/April 17, 2009
Don't Forget to Mark Your Calendar for the First Illinois Ag Masters Conference
The first Illinois Ag Masters Conference will be held December 1 and 2, 2009, in Champaign. Day 1 will present a single general session; Day 2 will feature advanced sessions with limited enrollments. More details will be shared as the planning continues.
Alfalfa Weevils--One of Our First Indicator Insects of the Season
Alfalfa growers in southern Illinois should begin to look for signs of alfalfa weevil activity when 150 to 200 degree-days have accumulated; growers in other areas can wait until the accumulation reaches about 300 degree-days.
A Rather Steady Flow of Black Cutworm Moths
Reports of captures of black cutworm moths in pheromone traps continue. Mid-May is the current target for ramping up scouting efforts for black cutworms.
Insect Trapping Network? Presently Scattershot, But Poised to Reemerge
It is hoped that grant funding will be received to to jump-start a new initiative for insect trapping and for monitoring insects and plant diseases.
Germany Prohibits the Use of Bt Corn (MON 810)
Germany will no longer allow the cultivation of Bt corn (MON 810).
Residuals and Resistance: On the Minds of Weed Management Practitioners
Recent evidence suggests that practitioners are moving toward more integrated weed management in glyphosate-resistant soybean.
Soybean Variety Selection
Guidelines are presented for making any final decisions on what soybean varieties to plant.
Phosphorus and Potassium Applications This Spring
Whether and when to apply phosphorus and potassium this spring is discussed.
Are Your Corn Stands "Precise" Enough?
Details are outlined regarding establishment and uniformity of corn plant stands.
Reports are provided this issue for east-central, northern, southern, and west-central Illinois.