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Agronomy Days Across the State this Week

  • July 21, 2024

On the Calendar
The 30th week of 2024 will be a busy one across the state with events in Champaign, Monmouth, Ewing, and Augusta. The University of Illinois Extension commercial ag team will cover all points on the compass and are hopeful you can join us for one or more of the crop sciences programs. Do take special note that some of the following events include a meal and may still require pre-registration. However, do not let the pre-registration prevent you from attending.…

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WILLAg.org Week in Review | 29

  • July 21, 2024

Week 29, 2024
Here are the WILLAg.org radio highlights for the work week ending Friday, July 19, 2024. Do visit our homepage for information on how to listen live ON AIR to WILL AM580 or ON DEMAND in a series of podcasts.
WILLAg.org Closing Market Report
click the day of the week to  listen
Monday University of Missouri’s Ben Brown discussed the changes in the July USDA WASDE. Near the end of our conversation,…

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Illinois Crop Update – July 19, 2024

  • July 19, 2024

Emily Hansen – Commercial Agriculture Educator
LaSalle County
Soil Conditions: Near Normal
LaSalle County experienced a good amount of precipitation this week from the several large storm systems that moved through the area. Luckily, we have not seen any severe damage from these storms.  I also have not noticed much standing water in fields.  Corn at the IVCC + Extension plots is tasseling or getting close to it.  Soybeans are flowering.  The IVCC + Extension plots are a little behind in development compared to fields in a lot of LaSalle County. …

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Weekly Climate Review & Weather Forecast

  • July 19, 2024

Wow, did we have a couple of busy weather weeks in Illinois! Average temperatures this week ranged from the low 70s in northern Illinois to the low 80s in southern Illinois, within 1 degree of normal statewide. July temperatures to date have also been within 1 degree of normal statewide, following a pattern in recent years with very warm Junes followed by milder Julys.
The rain that Beryl brought about a week and a half ago was very beneficial for recharging soils and streams across much of central and south-central Illinois.…

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Illinois Crop Update – July 12, 2024

  • July 12, 2024

Kathryn Seebruck – Commercial Agriculture Educator
Stephenson County
Soil Conditions: Moderately Wet (soil is damp, standing water may be present in low areas, water bodies are full)
Some side-dressing is still occurring on later planted corn, and beans are currently being sprayed. Some are struggling to finish wheat harvest due to the wet weather we keep getting. Not all areas have been affected similarly with rain, but the range is between just enough and too much to the point of creating drowned out low areas;…

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Illinois Crop Update – July 5, 2024

  • July 5, 2024

Russ Higgins – Commercial Agriculture Educator
Grundy County
Soil Conditions: Near Normal
This past week I had the opportunity to travel a larger area of northern Illinois. Generally, both corn and soybean crops appear to be in good shape. This comes as somewhat of a surprise when considering what the crop has endured to this point (near midway) in the growing season. Earliest planted crops include R1 corn and R2 soy. In recent trips across the countryside,…

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Illinois Crop Update – June 28, 2024

  • June 28, 2024

Nicole Haverback  – Watershed Outreach Associate
Henry County
Soil Conditions: Near Normal
After a few needed storms this week, Henry county received around 2 inches of rain with hail and wind impacting some areas

Figure 1: Hail damage soybeans- Annawan

Figure 2: Hail damage corn – Annawan

Figure 3: Hail damage corn- Annawan
 
Emily Hansen – Commercial Agriculture Educator
LaSalle County
Soil Conditions: Mildly Dry (soil is drier than normal,…

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Rootworm Beetle Emergence – 2024 Monitoring Program

  • June 25, 2024

Corn rootworm beetles will begin emerging throughout Illinois over the next couple of weeks (we noticed the first few western corn rootworm beetles of the year at our Urbana field site earlier this week). There are a number of things we can learn by keeping track of corn rootworm emergence, particularly in fields that have a history of rootworm problems:

  • Control performance. Usually, our first indication that a local population is developing resistance to a Bt trait package is elevated numbers of beetles emerging from traited corn;

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Stress and the 2024 corn and soybean crops

  • June 21, 2024
  • Giovani Preza Fontes

As high temperatures continue and rainfall remains scarce, many Illinois producers are getting concerned about prospects for the 2024 crops. While it is not very productive to ask ourselves if we should have managed tillage and planting differently, remembering how this year’s crop is faring might inform some of our decisions in the future.
After a planting season that stretched from late March to mid-June and included a substantial amount of replanting, Illinois corn and soybeans are almost completely planted;…

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Illinois Crop Update – June 21, 2024

  • June 21, 2024

Emily Hansen – Commercial Agriculture Educator
LaSalle County
Soil Conditions: Near Normal
Like much of the state, in LaSalle County it has been hot with only one day in the past week having some scattered showers.  There are some scattered thunderstorms in the forecast for next week, though. Overall, crops are still looking good, but the soil is starting to dry out a bit on top.  Corn at the IVCC research and demonstration plots is at V5,…

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