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Issue No. 15/July 13, 2012

2012 Field Day at the Orr Ag Center in Perry
Two-hour tours and a free lunch will be provided for the Orr Center Field Day on Tuesday, July 17.

July 18 Is Field Day at the University of Illinois Research and Demonstration Center in Monmouth
The free Field Day at the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center is Wednesday morning, July 18.

Corn Rootworm Product Evaluation Trials
The annual University of Illinois "root digs" have begun. The importance of protecting the corn crop from severe rootworm larval feeding should not be underestimated.

Precautions with Late-Season Herbicide Applications
Late-season herbicide applications increase the probability that residues will persist long enough to cause crop injury.

Water Stress and Nutrient Deficiency
Though dry conditions affect availability of all soil nutrients, deficiency of potassium is showing up in corn more than deficiency of other nutrients. Unfortunately, rain (or irrigation) is the only solution.

Drought Update: Corn Still Critical; Soybean Hanging On
Every day without rain will bring further deterioration in the corn crop. Soybean plants in most fields remain in a holding pattern; rainfall could restore good yield where plants are above a foot and still showing some growth.

Wheat in Illinois, 2012
The 2012 wheat yield is one of the highest ever for Illinois, with quality excellent as well.