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Cold Germ & Seedling Vigor

With the weather cooling down and harvest nearing the final stretch, it finally feels like fall here in Southern Illinois. With fall comes the evaluation of how your farm did this year and making plans for next year. Placing the right product on the right acre is the first step to maxing your field’s yield.

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Oct, 17, 2017

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The Value In Early Planning

Farming is the only business in the world that resets itself every year. Your plans, your goals, and even the products you use vary every year. As with any other occupation, when you go to start a new business you need to make sure you have a plan. The earlier you have a plan, the […]

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Sep, 15, 2017

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Stress During Grain Fill:

A Harbinger of Stalk Health Problems Serious crop stress during the grain filling period of corn increases the risk of stalk rots and stalk lodging (breakage) prior to grain harvest. Among the more common serious stresses that can occur during grain fill are nitrogen deficiency, foliar diseases (e.g., gray leaf spot, northern corn leaf blight), […]

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Aug, 22, 2017

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TWO-SPOTTED SPIDER MITE

Two-spotted spider mites (Tetranychus urticae) are present in soybean crops every year, but they are not often a significant problem. The risk of significant two-spotted spider mite infestations increases considerably during periods of hot weather and prolonged drought. Click here to learn more!  

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Jul, 20, 2017

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Crunch Time for Corn

While the record will show that corn planting progressed at a more or less normal rate this spring in Illinois, wet, cool conditions that developed after nearly half of the crop had been planted resulted in a great deal of replanting, especially in the flat-soil areas of Illinois. Some fields damaged by water and some that were too wet to plant before late May likely were planted to soybeans instead of corn. The June 30 acreage report shows Illinois corn acreage dropping by 500,000 from 2016 to 2017 (to 11.1 million acres) and soybean acreage increasing by 290,000 acres, to 10.4 million acres in 2017.

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Jul, 05, 2017

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3 Big Things Today, June 13

GRAINS, BEANS RISE IN OVERNIGHT TRADING; USDA LOWERS TOP RATINGS FOR CORN CROP. 1. CORN GAINS AFTER USDA LOWERS CROP RATING; SOYBEANS, WHEAT HIGHER

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Jun, 14, 2017

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Timing and Temperature: Key Factors to Consider Before Replanting

Corn survival odds in flooded fields. One way to describe the 2017 planting season? Soggy. If you have standing water in your planted fields, you may be considering replant. “Survival of young corn plants under these conditions depends on several factors,” says Roger Elmore, Extension cropping systems agronomist at University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Click here to […]

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May, 25, 2017

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Planting moves right along

Farmers have caught up in the areas where they fell behind due to cold and wet weather. Overall, the nation is meeting the national four year average for corn planting. According to the USDA Crop progress report, 84% of the corn grown in the 18 states that planted 92% of the 2016 corn acreage, has […]

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May, 23, 2017

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Soil-by-Soil Nitrogen Planning

Maximize fertilizer return and protect water supplies by understanding your soil types. Read more here!

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May, 19, 2017

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Does Precision Ag Increase Profits?

Precision agriculture technology has gained widespread acceptance in the crop farming community. Read about it here!

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May, 19, 2017

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