On May 15, I scouted a stand of alfalfa in Champaign County and found numerous third and fourth instar alfalfa weevil larvae by using a sweep net. By May 16, 461 degree days (base 48ºF) had accumulated since January 1, 2013 for Champaign. The average degree-day accumulation by this date for the preceding 11-year period is 510. So, we are just slightly behind this long-term average. Although larvae were numerous, I did not detect significant defoliation.…
Two more black cutworm moth traps have started reporting this week, one in Piatt County and a second location in Champaign County at Parkland College. Based on intense moth flight captures Kelly Estes, State Survey Coordinator, calculated the following projected cutting dates.
Projected Cutting Date
Perry (Pike County)
Brownstown (Fayette County)
A new peer-reviewed work has been published (April 2013) that outlines some significant global economic and environmental benefits of transgenic crops. The paper is titled — GM crops: global socio-economic and environmental impacts 1996-2011. The authors of the paper are Graham Brookes and Peter Barfoot, with PG Economics Ltd, Dorchester, United Kingdom. Provided are key findings that I gleaned from the report, some, are direct quotes from this document. As an agricultural entomologist who has conducted western corn rootworm research for many years,…
Agriculturists around the world are invited to engage in a global food production discussion during International Agronomy Day at the University of Illinois on August 26.
The U of I Department of Crop Sciences encourages producers from around the globe to participate in this unique forum bringing its nationally renowned faculty together to share the latest in agronomy, weed science, crop production, pest management, agricultural economics and more.
German Bollero, head of the Department of Crop Sciences,…