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Flash Droughts & Evapotranspiration

The high temperatures across the corn belt, coupled with the lack of rainfall in some of the states east of the Mississippi River has farmers concerned. Illinois State Climatologist Trent Ford has this explanation of evapotranspiration under high temperature and high humidity conditions.…

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Reminder: University of Illinois 2024 Weed Science Field Research Tour

The weed science program at the University of Illinois invites all weed management practitioners to our annual weed science field tour on Wednesday, June 26 at the Department of Crop Sciences field research location known as the Clem Farm, located at 1114 County Road 1200 East, Champaign. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the tour will start at 9:00 a.m. Preregistration is not required, but please let us know in advance if you will be bringing a large group of participants so we can plan accordingly for meals.…

Illinois Crop Update – June 14, 2024

Nicole Haverback  – Watershed Outreach Associate
Henry County
Corn stages range from VE- V7, with bean stages similar. Most corn herbicide applications are complete, and side dress nitrogen is almost completed. Little crop response has been noted, and corn is looking good but could use a drink.
Russ Higgins – Commercial Agriculture Educator
Grundy County
Soil Conditions: Mildly Wet (soil is wetter than normal, local vegetation is healthy)
Sunshine and warmer weather are accelerating crop and weed growth.…

Weekly Climate Review & Weather Forecast

We had a beautiful early summer week across Illinois, with average temperatures in the mid-60s to low 70s. Several places saw temperatures dip into the 40s on multiple nights this week, including lows of 41 degrees in Lisle and 43 in Charleston. June to date has been within a degree of normal statewide, following a very warm spring season. In fact, the period between January and May was the 2nd warmest start to any year on record statewide in Illinois,…

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