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Weekly Climate Review & Weather Forecast

  • May 17, 2024

It was rinse and repeat for weather this week, with a continuation of our warm and wet pattern. Average temperatures this week ranged from the mid-50s in northern Illinois to the high 60s in southern Illinois, between 1 and 3 degrees above normal. The first half of May has been 3 to 6 degrees warmer than normal, following a top 20 warmest April on record statewide. Our very wet weather recently has kept nighttime temperatures especially high and made for very heavy morning dew.  …

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Weekly Climate Review & Weather Forecast

  • May 10, 2024

The first full week of May was both warmer and wetter than normal. Average temperatures this week ranged from the high 50s in northern Illinois to the low 70s in southern Illinois, between 3 and 10 degrees above normal. Up to yesterday, this month has tied 2012 for the warmest start to May on record in Paducah. Several places saw highs in the mid to upper 80s this week, including 87 in Salem and 84 in Champaign.…

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Weekly Climate Review & Weather Forecast

  • May 3, 2024

We had a warm end to a warm April. Average temperatures this week ranged from the mid-50s in northern Illinois to the high 60s in southern Illinois, between 2 and 7 degrees above normal. Several places in the state reached the upper 80s on Thursday, closer to normal high temperatures for early July. Overall, April ended around 1.5 degrees warmer than normal. January to April this year has been among the top 10 warmest starts to any year on record for virtually the entire state,…

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Weekly Climate Review & Weather Forecast

  • April 26, 2024
  • Trent Ford, Illinois State Water Survey Prairie Research Institute

In very April fashion, we took a step back toward early spring this week. Average temperatures ranged from the low 40s in northern Illinois to the high 50s in southern Illinois, between 1 and 6 degrees below normal. Several parts of the state north of Interstate 70 dipped below freezing overnight at least once this week, including 25 degree lows in Rockford and Mount Carroll. Mt. Vernon even saw below freezing temperatures this week, about 10 days after their climatological average last spring freeze.…

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Crop Insurance Information from the farmdoc Team

  • March 8, 2024

The following is a series of crop insurance links related to information produced by the University of Illinois agricultural economist since March 1. You may find them useful in making crop insurance decisions. The first is a webinar the team hosted in which Bruce Sherrick and Nick Paulson detail both crop insurance and farm safety net (ARC/PLC) decisions.

The above webinar was aired on Monday of this past week. Tuesday the team posted an article titled “…

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ILLINOIS has it going on at the Farm Progress Show

  • August 28, 2023

We invite you to visit the University of Illinois tent at the 2023 Farm Progress Show in Decatur. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week Illinois Extension and the College of ACES will be on-site at the nation’s largest outdoor agricultural event. Our tent is located at the corner of 3rd and West or just about two blocks to the right of the Main Gate as you enter the grounds.
This Google Maps link will make it easy for you to find walking directions to the U of I tent from anywhere on the grounds or even to drive to the Farm Progress Show site.…

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University of Illinois Extension Strategic Planning Survey

  • July 28, 2023

We invite you to engage in our University of Illinois Extension strategic planning process that will continue into the 2024 calendar year. 
As part of our efforts, we have created a survey that focuses on supporting Phases 1 and 2 of the planning process: 1) Assessing Our Current State and Engaging Stakeholders, and 2) Developing Our Vision and Strategic Priorities. We welcome and greatly appreciate your participation in completing the survey.  
All submissions should be submitted via the online survey,…

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An Analysis of the Proposed 4% Farmer-Premium Payment Cap

  • July 7, 2023


Welcome to 5-Minute Farmdoc, your go-to channel for insightful discussions on various topics related to agriculture. In today’s episode, we delve into the world of crop insurance and explore a recent proposal discussed by our colleagues from North Dakota. They suggest a change to the subsidy mechanism that assists farmers in covering the costs of crop insurance policies. This proposal aims to cap the farmer’s premium costs at 4% of the policy’s liability,…

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Drought Spreads Across Illinois as Dry Weather Continues

  • June 2, 2023

Dry conditions continue to worsen in Illinois as drought spreads across the state, according to Illinois State Climatologist Trent Ford at the Illinois State Water Survey.
The U.S. Drought Monitor now shows the Chicagoland area, much of central Illinois, and areas along the Missouri border from Quincy to St. Louis are in moderate drought, and the northern two-thirds of the state are characterized as abnormally dry.
Among the many impacts of drought conditions, lawns, gardens, and trees have begun to show moderate to significant moisture stress in northeast and central Illinois.…

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Corn Rootworm Bt Resistance Webinar Today at 11am

  • March 30, 2023

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Bt Resistance and Management Recommendations for Illinois
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Corn rootworm remains the most economically damaging insect pest of corn in Illinois, though its impact in recent years has primarily been felt in the northern third of the state. The ongoing development of resistance to Bt traits has complicated management decisions for Illinois farmers. Join University of Illinois scientists to discuss the status of rootworm populations and Bt resistance throughout Illinois,…

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