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ILLINOIS Ag Economists’ Crop Insurance Guidance

  • March 1, 2024

Crop insurance and farm safety net program decisions must be made by March 15. The farmdoc Team has guidance related to both programs. University of Illinois Agricultural Economist Nick Paulson spoke with ILLINOIS Extension Farm Broadcaster Todd Gleason during the Friday Closing Market Report on WILL AM580. You may listen to the program online at WILLAg.org or listen directly via the podcast link.
Monday, Paulson and his colleague Bruce Sherrick will host a webinar on crop insurance and ARC/PLC decisions at 11 a.m.…

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Weekly Climate Review & Weather Forecast

  • March 1, 2024

The final week of the month and winter season was again very spring like. Average temperatures this week ranged from the high 30s in northern Illinois to the low 50s in southern Illinois, between 7 and 14 degrees above normal. The month of February was also 7 to 14 degrees above normal across the state. It was a top 5 warmest February on record for virtually the entire state and the warmest on record in Chicago,…

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Changes to Dicamba-Containing Products Used in Soybean

  • February 23, 2024

On February 6, 2024, a federal court in Arizona vacated the labels of three dicamba-containing products used for in-crop broadleaf weed control in dicamba-resistant soybean varieties. The court ruled that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violated the Federal Fungicide, Insecticide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) when the agency relabeled these products following the previous label vacatur issued by the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 2020. It is important to clarify this recent court ruling and label vacatur affects only three products: XtendiMax (Bayer CropScience),…

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March 5 All Day Ag Outlook Registration Open

  • February 2, 2024

The annual All Day Ag Outlook is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at the Beef House in Covington, Indiana. Registration cost is $40 per person including the morning Beef House cinnamon roll, coffee, and lunch. This year’s lineup includes presentations from Nutrien Ag Solutions Eric Snodgrass on the coming U.S. growing season and a first-hand look at SAF or Sustainable Aviation Fuel with the director of the University of Illinois Center for Sustainable Aviation Phil Ansell.…

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Weekly Climate Review & Weather Forecast

  • January 26, 2024

We had another mostly cold week, but with a warming trend at least. Temperatures this week ranged from the low teens in northern Illinois to the high 20s in southern Illinois, between 3 and 8 degrees below normal. January to date has been 1 to 6 degrees below normal. Some of the more intense low temperatures recorded over the past week include -21 degrees in Altona and -19 in Moline.
This past week was another fairly wet one across most of the state.…

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Illinois Extension Crop Management Conferences

  • January 5, 2024

Make the most informed decisions you can for your farm by getting the latest research updates from crop science experts at University of Illinois. Crop producers, consultants, industry professionals, and students are invited to the 2024 Crop Management Conference series in person or online.
Seven continuing education units (CEUs) are available for Certified Crop Advisers covering a broad range of crop production topics at in-person events. Additional CEUs are available by accessing the online-only content available Feb.…

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Nitrogen Supply for the Corn Crop

  • October 25, 2023

An article in the online Prairie Farmer on October 11, 2023 titled “How much nitrogen does corn get from fertilizer?” followed by the subheading …”80% of a corn crop’s N comes from the soil…” This has caused a great deal of discussion and consternation among those who sell and use nitrogen fertilizer on corn.
The basis for the article was a May 2023 news release from the University of Illinois College of ACES, which summarized findings from several studies conducted in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences by Dr.…

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Illinois Crop Update – September 9, 2023

  • September 9, 2023

Russ Higgins – Extension Commercial Ag Educator
Grundy County
Soil Conditions: Moderately Dry (soil is dry, plants may be browning or stressed, water bodies are low)
Corn is at R5 (dent), and most soy is at R6 (full seed). Fields that still have green tissue are benefitting from recent rainfall. Areas that experienced drought conditions after pollination and during grain fill can expect corn kernel abortion near the ear tip and smaller and lighter kernels.…

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Survey for Resistance to Group 15 Herbicides in Illinois Waterhemp

  • September 8, 2023

The continual evolution of weed species and populations resistant to herbicides from one or more site-of-action groups represents one of the most daunting challenges facing Illinois soybean producers. Waterhemp has evolved resistance to herbicides from more site-of-action groups than any other Illinois weed species, including resistance to Group 15 herbicides (products such as Dual II Magnum, Zidua, Warrant, Outlook, etc.). Soil-residual herbicides are components of an integrated weed management program that provide several benefits, including reducing the intensity of selection for resistance to foliar-applied herbicides.…

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The 2023 soybean crop as the season winds down

  • September 6, 2023

Rainfall in the first two weeks of August recharged soil moisture across much of Illinois, but since then, the combination of low rain amounts and very high temperatures (4.7 to 8.9 degrees above average) brought on some stress during the last week of August. The August 29 U.S. drought monitor map from last week showed about 43% of the state with no stress, 42% abnormally dry, and 15% with moderate drought. Parts of central and southern Illinois received between 0.5 to 1.5 inches of rain this week,…

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