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Issue No. 11/June 17, 2011

A Week's Collection of Entomology Observations
Commentary is offered on Japanese beetles, European corn borers, and corn rootworms.

Loose Smut of Wheat
Wheat heads affected by loose smut have been seen in southern and central Illinois. If your field is affected, do not keep the seed for planting!

Sidedressing Nitrogen for the Corn Crop
Two questions on many producers' minds--"Have I applied all the nitrogen needed to avoid shortchanging the corn crop?" and "If I need to apply N, what is the best way to do it?"--are addressed.

What the Crops Need Now
What it will take to keep the 2011 corn and soybean crops healthy and thriving, or at least out of serious trouble, is discussed.