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Pasture condition holds steady

Soil moisture levels are adequate to surplus in most of the Corn Belt, but soils are a little drier in the northern Plains. 

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Despite rain, planting makes progress

The nation’s corn crop is now 84 percent planted, up 13 percent from a week ago, according to this week’s USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Crop Progress Report released today (May 22). That is 1 percent behind the five-year average and equal with last year’s planting.

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Consider herbicides in replant decision

Consider herbicides in replant decision

Editor’s note: The following was written by Aaron Hager, University of Illinois Extension weed specialist, for the university’s Pest Management Bulletin.

May 20, 2017 6:00 am(0)
Illinois farmers ponder replant following heavy rains

Illinois farmers ponder replant following heavy rains

Heavy rains that inundated large swaths of Illinois farmland put growers in a holding pattern in early May, waiting to see what will become of their crops already in the ground as well as seed still in the bags.

May 18, 2017 7:00 am(0)
Fungicide use can offer yield boost for many farmers

Fungicide use can offer yield boost for many farmers

Innovation in the development and application of broad spectrum fungicides has brought a new tool to farmers seeking improved disease protection and higher crop yields.

May 13, 2017 5:00 pm(0)
Online tool assists specialty crop growers, applicators

Online tool assists specialty crop growers, applicators

SWISHER, Iowa — DriftWatch, a new online mapping tool for sensitive crops, allows herbicide or insecticide applicators to see where bees and specialty crops are being raised in their neighborhood.

May 12, 2017 5:00 pm(0)

Northwest Illinois farmer gets head start on soybeans before weather turns

WOODHULL, Ill. — Randy DeSutter, a fourth-generation Northwest Illinois farmer, finished planting corn a little earlier than usual this year, and one-quarter of his soybeans were planted before the rains came at the end of April.

May 12, 2017 11:00 am(0)