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Issue No. 18/July 24, 2009

Thanks for the Input
Readers' insights regarding changing communication methods in agriculture have been appreciated.

Brownstown Agronomy Research Center Field Day: July 30
University of Illinois agronomic research will be highlighted at the Brownstown Agronomy Research Center Field Day on Thursday, July 30.

Illinois Forage Expo on July 31
Meier Farms will host the 2009 Illinois Forage Expo on Friday, July 31, in Stephenson County.

Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences Complete Regulatory Authorizations for SmartStaxTM Corn Hybrids
SmartStaxTM corn hybrids, to be commercialized in 2010, will allow producers to reduce refuge sizes.

Soybean Aphid Densities Remain Low in Illinois Through Mid-July
Despite the very mild temperatures across Illinois this summer, soybean aphid densities remain low.

Western Bean Cutworm Captures on the Increase in Some Northern Illinois Counties
Producers in northern Illinois should scout fields for western bean cutworm and be ready to apply a rescue treatment if needed.

Preharvest Intervals for Postemergence Soybean Herbicides
Preharvest intervals and grazing restrictions are detailed for multiple postemergence soybean herbicides.

Conditions Favorable for Sclerotinia Stem Rot (White Mold) on Soybean
The development and management of white mold on soybean are outlined.

Identifying Nutrient Deficiencies in Soybean
How to recognize deficiencies of nitrogen, potassium, and iron in soybean is addressed.

Illinois Wheat in 2009
This wheat season will go down in the books as a rather average one.

Regional Reports
Reports are provided this issue for northern, southern, and west-central Illinois.