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Reminder…University of Illinois Weed Science Field Research Tour

  • June 19, 2013

We would like to take this opportunity to once again extend the invitation to attend the 2013 University of Illinois Weed Science Field Day, to be held Wednesday, June 26th at the University of Illinois Crop Sciences Research and Education Center, located immediately south of the main campus.  Coffee and refreshments will be available under the shade trees near the Seed House beginning at 8:00 a.m.  The tour will provide ample opportunity to look at research plots and interact with weed science faculty,…

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Screening Waterhemp for Herbicide Resistance

  • June 17, 2013

We are pleased to announce that, with continued financial support from the Illinois Soybean Association, we are offering free screening for herbicide resistance in waterhemp during the 2013 growing season.  To date, over 1000 plant samples have been screened through this collaborative effort between the weed science program at the University of Illinois and the Illinois Soybean Association.  This valuable service helps farmers and researchers better track and understand the evolution of herbicide resistance in waterhemp across the state.…

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Dates and Locations for the 2014 University of Illinois Corn & Soybean Classics

  • June 11, 2013

The dates and locations for the 2014 University of Illinois Corn & Soybean Classics are set for next January.  Our next series of meetings marks the 17th year of the Classics and will continue the program’s tradition of providing our clientele with the most current and timely information related to crop production, marketing and pest management.
The dates and meeting locations for the 2014 Corn & Soybean Classics are:
▸ January 6 (Monday): Champaign I Hotel and Conference Center
▸ January 7 (Tuesday): Mt.…

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Wheat scab rearing its ugly “head”

  • June 10, 2013

Head scab of wheat (a.k.a. Fusarium head blight) is showing up in Illinois wheat fields.  Incidence is ranging from low (less than 10% of the heads affected) to moderately high (over 25% of the heads affected).  Affected wheat heads will appear “bleached” in color.  Heads often are partially affected, with both healthy green and affected bleached areas being present in the same head.  Although I have not been in all wheat production areas in the state,…

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Is it Waterhemp or Palmer Amaranth?

  • June 5, 2013

Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) is a summer annual broadleaf weed species taxonomically related to other pigweed species (waterhemp, smooth, redroot) common in Illinois agronomic cropping systems.  Palmer amaranth is not indigenous to Illinois, but rather evolved as a desert-dwelling species in the southwestern United States including areas of the Sonoran Desert.  Genotypic and phenotypic adaptability have allowed Palmer amaranth to expand its distribution and colonize the vastly different agricultural landscapes across much of the eastern half of the United States,…

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Controlling Horseweed (Marestail) after Crop Emergence

  • June 4, 2013

The past several days have experienced a noticeable increase in questions about options to control marestail after crop emergence.  Many have reported poor marestail control from herbicides applied prior to planting (primarily no-till soybean), especially when these burndown applications contained only glyphosate or glyphosate and 2,4-D.  The increasing frequency of glyphosate-resistant marestail populations, the rush to plant whenever field conditions were conducive, and the less-than-ideal environmental conditions when many burndown applications were made, have contributed to a challenging situation for which a good solution might not be available. …

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Supplemental Information about Soil-Residual Herbicides Applied to Emerged Corn

  • May 20, 2013

The following table provides supplemental information to an article (“Soil-Residual Herbicides Applied to Emerged Corn”) published last week.  Table 1 summarizes information about postemergence applications of more traditional soil-applied corn herbicides.  Please consult the respective product label for additional information.
Table 1.  Maximum Corn Size for Postemergence Applications of Soil-Residual Herbicides

Maximum Corn Size for Broadcast Application

Prequel, Princep, Verdict
Before corn emergence

Balance Flexx, Corvus
2 leaf collars

Bullet, Micro-Tech
5 inches

Bicep Lite II Magnum,…

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Control Emerged Waterhemp Prior to Planting

  • May 16, 2013

Earlier this month, we discussed advantages of and techniques for controlling emerged weed vegetation prior to planting.  Several winter annual weed species have reached maturity while others, such as cressleaf groundsel (Figure 1),
began to flower within the past 10 days across areas of central Illinois.  Control of these mature plants with herbicides or single passes of tillage equipment will continue to be challenging.
Preplant control is also needed for emerged summer annual grass and broadleaf weed species. …

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Soil-Residual Herbicides Applied to Emerged Corn

  • May 14, 2013

A potential scenario of planting delays will be corn planted in fields where no soil-residual herbicide was applied.  If the corn has not yet emerged, the soil-residual herbicide can be applied as originally planned.  But, what if the corn has emerged and the soil-residual herbicide has not been applied?  Can the application proceed as planned, or will a different product need to be selected?  The answer depends on the respective herbicide.
Most, but not all, soil residual herbicides can be applied after corn has emerged. …

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Stripe rust of wheat observed in Illinois

  • May 10, 2013

Stripe rust of wheat was observed in Champaign County, IL on May 10, 2013 (Fig. 1). The incidence of the disease was very low. The observation of this disease in Champaign County indicates that stripe rust likely is present in southern Illinois counties too.


Wheat producers will need to continue to scout their crop for stripe rust, and apply an effective fungicide if necessary (see this previous post for additional information about stripe rust and fungicides:…

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