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Issue No. 8/May 13, 2005

Training Session to Focus on Asian Soybean Rust
A morning workshop on Asian soybean rust will be held Tuesday, June 7, in DeKalb County. The fee is $25.

Weed Science Field Tour
The 2005 University of Illinois Weed Science Field Day will be held the morning of Wednesday, June 22. The fee is $15, including lunch.

Why So Much Bird Damage to Early-Planted Corn? How Can It Be Prevented During Replanting?
The reasons for this spring's excessive bird damage to early-planted corn are detailed, along with ways to help prevent a recurrence with replanting.

Insecticides, Fungicides, and Insecticidal Seed Treatments for Soybeans--What Do Our Data Tell Us?
Results are shared of 2004 research trials to determine the impact of fungicides, insecticides, and insecticidal seed treatments on insect densities and soybean yields.

Considerations for Weed Control in Corn
Multiple topics on weed control in corn are discussed, from postemergence applications being made for control of grass and broadleaf weed species to replanting fields that were excessively damaged by cold temperatures.

Some Corn Stands Struggle
If early-planted fields were checked just after the frost last week and the growing point was alive but most or all of the leaf tissue was dead, the assumption that these plants would grow back might not be accurate. Such fields need to be revisited immediately and counts taken of stands that are clearly alive and adding new, green leaf area.

Lessons from an Unusual Planting Season
The damage caused by the low temperatures of the last week of April and the first few days of May has been the big story of this planting season. Itís useful to examine what happened and whether it means a change of approach another year.

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