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Research seeks solutions for climate change, hunger

Research seeks solutions for climate change, hunger

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Researchers at the University of Illinois are taking the basics of photosynthesis miles farther in Urbana-Champaign test plots and greenhouses — intervening in the process, through which plants use sunlight to produce energy, to create higher yields.

August 18, 2017 2:00 pm(0)
Big Data can mean big savings: Economist

Big Data can mean big savings: Economist

ST. LOUIS — Big Data in agriculture isn’t really new. The technology used to collect it may be, but common sense still rules its use.

August 09, 2017 5:30 pm Photos

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Game of catch

Game of catch

Atop a 35 foot scaffolding tower, Brody Dunn, a University of Illinois student, spends his evenings collecting western corn rootworm beetles as they disperse from the Urbana, Ill., fields where they developed as larvae. Joseph Spencer, University of Illinois principal research scientist, lea…

August 02, 2017 3:23 pm(0)
Robots offer ‘goldmine’ of information for growing crops

Robots offer ‘goldmine’ of information for growing crops

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — When a tall, thin robot was introduced to visitors at University of Illinois test plots July 13, it was reminiscent of early “Star Wars” movies, when such robots were science fiction.

July 28, 2017 6:00 am(0)
Consumer study reminds farmers of need to communicate

Consumer study reminds farmers of need to communicate

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — “What do consumers want?” and “What do we do about it?” are two questions livestock producers frequently ask.

July 20, 2017 2:00 pm Photos

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Variable weather shows as corn begins to silk

Variable weather shows as corn begins to silk

Editor’s note: The following was written by Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois Extension crop production specialist, for the Illinois Pest Management Bulletin July 3.

July 14, 2017 10:13 am(0)
Weeds plentiful in Illinois fields this year

Weeds plentiful in Illinois fields this year

URBANA, Ill. — There was certainly no shortage of weeds to study at the University of Illinois Field Day June 28 in east central Illinois. The abundance of weeds here is similar to what farmers are finding across the state.

July 14, 2017 7:00 am(0)
Weeds, insects come and go in Illinois crops

Weeds, insects come and go in Illinois crops

Goodbye, sudden death syndrome and cocklebur. Hello, frogeye leaf spot and Palmer amaranth.

July 12, 2017 4:30 pm Photos

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Do-it-yourself approach works for Illinois cover crop research

Do-it-yourself approach works for Illinois cover crop research

GEFF, Ill. — After spending half the morning gathering soil and tissue samples from one of his fields, Terry Taylor got mixed up on where some of the samples were taken. So he had to start all over again.

July 06, 2017 6:00 am Photos

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Extension sees change, challenges

Extension sees change, challenges

Is Extension still relevant? George Czapar thinks so.

June 22, 2017 3:00 pm Photos

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Specialist keeps eye to future as Illinois Extension service changes

Specialist keeps eye to future as Illinois Extension service changes

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Flying drones for strategic crop scouting and effectively managing cover crops are important skills today, so Dennis Bowman, a crop science educator, is naturally on top of both.

June 21, 2017 5:00 pm(0)

Senate ag committee examines the farm economy

Editor’s note: The following was compiled by Keith Good, social media manager for the Farmdoc project at University of Illinois, for the university’s Farm Policy News website.

June 09, 2017 2:00 pm(0)
Timing shapes crop condition reports’ predictive power

Timing shapes crop condition reports’ predictive power

Editor’s note: The following was written by Scott Irwin and Darrel Good, University of Illinois ag economists, for the university’s Farmdoc Daily website.

June 09, 2017 9:00 am Photos

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With wet spring, farmers concerned about N loss

Editor’s note: The following was written by Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois Extension crop production specialist, for the university’s Pest Management Bulletin.

May 27, 2017 11:00 am(0)
Ag college deans discuss branding, growth

Ag college deans discuss branding, growth

ST. LOUIS — It’s almost as if agriculture is a dirty word at ag colleges today.

May 21, 2017 1:00 pm Photos

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Moth flights highlight pest activity

Moth flights highlight pest activity

Editor’s note: The following was written by Kelly Estes, coordinator of the Illinois Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey, for the University Extension Pest Management Bulletin.

May 12, 2017 9:00 am(0)
Beef research center soldiers on amid funding challenges

Beef research center soldiers on amid funding challenges

SIMPSON, Ill. — Funding cuts that led to the shuttering of the agronomy portion of the Dixon Springs Agricultural Center haven’t dramatically affected beef research here. At least not yet.

May 04, 2017 7:00 am(0)
University of Illinois’ 150th marks years of ag innovations

University of Illinois’ 150th marks years of ag innovations

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — For the thousands of students and staff, 2017 marks the 150th year of the University of Illinois.

April 28, 2017 7:00 am Photos

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Older farmers continue work as part of transition

Older farmers continue work as part of transition

PAXTON, Ill. — At age 80, Melvin Coulter is an active part of the family farm near Paxton. He doesn’t worry too much about the future of his farm because the next generation is on the rise.

April 20, 2017 8:30 am Photos

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Manure share program has limited users

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Illinois Manure Share, created by the University of Illinois, is a manure exchange program that brings gardeners and landscapers searching for organic materials for use in composting or application in contact with livestock owners.

February 04, 2017 7:00 am(0)