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Illinois Crops Update 7/1/2022

  • July 1, 2022

Each week, I put out a request to crops educators and specialists from the University of Illinois to compile an update to share with the entire state. We hope you find this information useful. If you have any questions or suggestions about the format or any feedback in general about these updates, please email me (harbach2@illinois.edu).
Emerson Nafziger, Agronomy Extension Specialist, University of Illinois
Although rain fell in many places in central and northern Illinois last weekend (June 25-26) this week’s drought map shows even more of Illinois in “abnormally dry”…

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EVENT: 2022 Ag Field Day at Monmouth Research Farm

  • June 30, 2022


The Northwest Illinois Agriculture Research and Demonstration Center outside of Monmouth, Illinois will be holding an Ag Field Day on July 27 this year. The program will run from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Presenters for the field day are Nick Seiter, Emerson Nafziger, Trent Ford, Phillip Alberti, and Greg Steckel. Topics will include corn rootworm, nitrogen management, climate trends, hemp, and corn/soybean planting dates. The program is free to attend, and water/light refreshments will be provided.…

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Illinois Crops Update 6/24/22

  • June 24, 2022

Each week, I put out a request to crops educators and specialists from the University of Illinois to compile an update to share with the entire state. We hope you find this information useful. If you have any questions or suggestions about the format or any feedback in general about these updates, please email me (harbach2@illinois.edu).
Nick Seiter, Extension Field Crops Entomologist, University of Illinois
I’m receiving more reports of stink bugs than I typically do,…

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Seeing Crops Through a Hot, Dry June

  • June 17, 2022

After a slow start, corn and soybean planting in Illinois proceeded at a normal pace in 2022. Rainfall in May was at 85 percent of normal statewide. While we remember the very warm days from May 10-15 and a few days later in the month, the statewide May temperature was only about 2 degrees warmer than normal.
The weather during the first half of June continued the trend from May, with temperatures averaging about 2 degrees above normal,…

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Illinois Crops Update 6/17/2022

  • June 17, 2022

Each week, I put out a request to crops educators and specialists from the University of Illinois to compile an update to share with the entire state. We hope you find this information useful. If you have any questions or suggestions about the format or any feedback in general about these updates, please email me (harbach2@illinois.edu).
Aaron Hager, Extension Weeds Specialist, University of Illinois
The last day to apply dicamba-containing products to dicamba-resistant soybean is Monday,…

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Join our corn rootworm monitoring network

  • June 10, 2022
  • Corn rootworm populations have expanded over the last several years in northern IL
  • We’re recruiting volunteers to help monitor rootworm populations
  • If you are interested in rootworm trapping, send an email to nseiter@illinois.edu with your contact information, shipping address, and how many fields you plan to monitor

Both western and northern corn rootworm population levels have increased over the last couple of years as resistance to Bt traits becomes more widespread.…

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Illinois Crops Update 6/10/2022

  • June 10, 2022

Each week, I put out a request to crops educators and specialists from the University of Illinois to compile an update to share with the entire state. We hope you find this information useful. If you have any questions or suggestions about the format or any feedback in general about these updates, please email me (harbach2@illinois.edu).
Aaron Hager, Extension Weeds Specialist, University of Illinois
Residual herbicides applied with postemergence soybean herbicides also can reduce the need for a second postemergence application.…

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Illinois Crops Update 6/3/2022

  • June 3, 2022

Each week, I put out a request to crops educators and specialists from the University of Illinois to compile an update to share with the entire state. We hope you find this information useful. If you have any questions or suggestions about the format or any feedback in general about these updates, please email me (harbach2@illinois.edu).
Nick Seiter, field crops entomology Extension specialist, University of Illinois
I’ve received a report of some economic stand losses from black cutworm in the area around Effingham County;…

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Residual Soybean Herbicides Applied Postemergence

  • June 1, 2022

Soil-residual herbicides are important components of integrated weed management programs. Reducing the number of weeds exposed to foliar-applied herbicides helps reduce the selection intensity for weeds resistant to foliar-applied herbicides. Residual herbicides applied with postemergence soybean herbicides also can reduce the need for a second postemergence application. However, simply applying a soil-residual herbicide does not guarantee the product will provide the desired level or duration of weed control. Many edaphic and environmental factors influence the level of weed control achieved by soil-residual herbicides.…

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Illinois Crops Update 5/27/2022

  • May 27, 2022

Each week, I put out a request to crops educators and specialists from the University of Illinois to compile an update to share with the entire state. We hope you find this information useful. If you have any questions or suggestions about the format or any feedback in general about these updates, please email me (harbach2@illinois.edu).
Nick Seiter, field crops entomology Extension specialist, University of Illinois
There have been relatively few early-season insect problems reported so far.…

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