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The Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center is a 320 acre research farm

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ACES News: Illinois to host crop sciences field day near Monmouth in July 06/29/2018

Follow this link for details about this years field day at the farm. Hope to see you here on the 18th of July. http://emails.illinois.edu/newsletter/176372.html

ACES News: Illinois to host crop sciences field day near Monmouth in July MONMOUTH, Ill. – The Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center near Monmouth has scheduled a field day for July 18. University of Illinois crop sciences faculty, researchers, students, and Extension specialists will address issues pertinent to the 2018 growing season.

Program set for the 36th annual field day at the research center in Monmouth 07/20/2017

We will be hosting our annual field day at the farm on Wednesday July 26th. Below is the press release with speakers and topics. We will have a stop at our Wood chip Bioreactor that will be under construction and open to allow attendees to see how these are plumbed to efficiently digest unused nitrogen that would normally escape the tile lines. This is a new two stage design that has been developed by Dr Laura Christianson and will be regularly sampled by research farm staff and analyzed by Dr. Christianson to determine it's effectiveness at removing nitrogen from tile lines. Hope to see you there.

Program set for the 36th annual field day at the research center in Monmouth The program is set for the 36th annual University of Illinois’ Northwestern Agricultural Research Center Field Day. The program will begin at 8 am on Wednesday, July 26th. Topics and speakers will include: Lessons from 35+ Years of Research at the Northwestern Illinois Ag Research Center - Emerson N...

01/17/2017

Calling for Soybean farmers help! Emerson Nafziger is looking for information from the 2014 and 2015 soybean growing seasons. If you have records and want a $50 gift card go to the webpage listed below .

http://web.extension.illinois.edu/csrec/downloads/67445.pdf

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Timeline photos 03/09/2016

Spring is in the air! The soil is drying, fertilizer is being applied, and soil temps are rising. In some places around the state field conditions are ready to plant, even though the optimum timing is a few weeks away. Some farmers are wondering if they should plant as earlier as possible this year in case we have a repeat of 2012. To help answer this question we decided to plant a small field at the NWRC on March 8th at different depths. Seed is planted at depths of 1.5", 2", 2.5" and 3". Current soil temps are ranging between 50 and 58. Progress of this planting will be posted over the next several weeks.

01/08/2016

The 2016 W**d Control Guide for Ohio, Indiana and Illinois is now available. This is a great resource as you plan for the 2016 growing season.

http://bulletin.ipm.illinois.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2016-W**d-Control-Guide.pdf

bulletin.ipm.illinois.edu

12/23/2015

Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) was reported in several fields in 2014 and 2015. In 2015 the NWRC conducted a replicated trial investigating the effectiveness of seed treatments against SDS. The data is available at:

http://web.extension.illinois.edu/nwiardc/downloads/62095.pdf

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Variety Testing, Dept. of Crop Sciences, Univ. of Illinois 11/18/2015

It can be difficult deciding what seed to plant. The University of Illinois Variety Testing program provides unbiased yield results of several hybrids and varieties from multiple companies. 2015 results can be found at: http://vt.cropsci.illinois.edu/

Variety Testing, Dept. of Crop Sciences, Univ. of Illinois The University of Illinois Variety Testing program began in 1934. Crop performance tests are conducted annually to provide farmers, extension personnel, and private seed companies with agronomic information on hybrids and varieties of the major Illinois field crops. The trials are professionally man…

Welcome — Certified Crop Adviser — University of Illinois Extension 10/29/2015

Online courses are available if you are interested in earning CCA credit or advancing your current agronomic knowledge at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cca/ You will need to login and pay if you are looking for CEUs. The courses are free to the public, just select a topic of interest and then click the "Begin Course" button.

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10/01/2015

With the 2015 harvest progressing rapidly, it will only be a short time before the 2016 season is here. A recent webcast was created by Dr. Nicholas Tinsley discussing the value of tools designed to control corn rootworm. This could be a useful tool as you make input decisions for next year.

https://www.plantmanagementnetwork.org/edcenter/seminars/corn/EfficacyFunctions/

Webcast: Estimation of Efficacy Functions for Products Used to Manage Corn Rootworm Larval Injury Plant Health Progress, an online journal of the American Phytopathological Society with content appropriate for all plant health practitioners.

W**d management struggles in 2015: What happened? - Hill and Furrow 08/24/2015

Poor w**d control is evident this year in several soybean fields across the state. A recent article on the Hill and Furrow Blog mentions a few possible causes for this. The article also provides links to useful resources that can help you maintain a well developed herbicide program.

http://web.extension.illinois.edu/nwiardc/eb270/entry_10416/

W**d management struggles in 2015: What happened? - Hill and Furrow In my many hours spent behind a windshield this summer, I have noticed several fields that look like the one in the photos above. Although there are individual marestail and giant ragw**d plants that have also poked their way through the soybean canopy, by and large the primary w**d species competin…

Photos from University of Illinois Northwestern Illinois Research and Education Center's post 07/22/2015

The Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center 2015 Field Day is Tuesday, July 28th. Tours start at 8:00 AM. It is free to attend and CCA credits are available. This will be a great opportunity to learn about Sudden Death Syndrome, nitrogen management, and more! For a complete list of topics check out the link below.

http://web.extension.illinois.edu/nwiardc/downloads/59642.pdf

Many factors converge toward a decision - foliar fungicides on corn - Hill and Furrow 07/07/2015

A recent article on the Hill and Furrow Blog addresses corn fungicide considerations. It is worth the read if you are considering making a fungicide application this year.

http://web.extension.illinois.edu/nwiardc/eb270/entry_10222/

Many factors converge toward a decision - foliar fungicides on corn - Hill and Furrow Foliar fungicides in corn - a historical perspective. From the early 1970's through the mid-2000's, when prices averaged close to $2 per bushel and corn was considered a lower value crop, producers worked to minimize all but the most essential inputs. Between 2010 and 2012, when corn prices reached…

Water, water everywhere: what happens to flooded corn and soybeans? - Hill and Furrow 06/24/2015

Current weather patterns have provided the crops with excessive moisture. A recent article on the Hill and Furrow Blog discusses what impact this could have on rapidly growing corn and soybeans.

http://web.extension.illinois.edu/nwiardc/eb270/entry_10187/

Water, water everywhere: what happens to flooded corn and soybeans? - Hill and Furrow The Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research & Demonstration Center (NWIARDC) has had 4.73 inches of rain so far in June, 4.4 inches of which fell over a 10 day period. Relatively speaking, the Monmouth area lucked out, as a little bit further to the East Peoria has accumulated 9.06 inches of rai…

Tracking Soil Nitrogen – Does Corn Have Enough N? 06/05/2015

Considerable amounts of rain across the state may have some producers wondering if they need to post apply a few more pounds of Nitrogen this spring. A recent article on the Bulletin written by Dr. Emerson Nafziger discusses research that provides some insight to this question.

http://bulletin.ipm.illinois.edu/?p=3241

Tracking Soil Nitrogen – Does Corn Have Enough N? Rainfall in April and May has been about average through most of Illinois, at least until the downpours the last days of May. This has allowed timely planting and a good start to the crop in most areas, and has allowed nitrogen management to be carried out more or less as planned by most producers.…

Timeline photos 05/05/2015

This dry spring gave several growers the opportunity to plant corn earlier than normal. The first corn planted at the NWRC this year was on April 1. An article in the Hill and Furrow Blog on April 29 discussed potential issues from delayed growth when corn is planted early and then frosted off. It also included pictures from the April 1 planted corn at the NWRC that was frosted multiple times.

http://web.extension.illinois.edu/nwiardc/eb270/entry_9895/

The picture below shows how the corn plots looked yesterday. They seem to have recovered, but we won't know the full impact on yield until harvest. I look forward to sharing the results this fall.

04/13/2015

17 years of data was recently summarized from a study designed by Dr. Emerson Nafziger to investigate differences between various crop rotations and tillage practices.

http://web.extension.illinois.edu/nwiardc/downloads/58547.pdf

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Soybean Planting Date and Varietal Maturity 03/30/2015

Dr. Emerson Nafziger recently wrote an article on the Bulletin about the interaction between soybean maturity and planting date. This would be a great read for anyone considering early soybean planting.

http://bulletin.ipm.illinois.edu/?p=2931

Soybean Planting Date and Varietal Maturity Along with the continuing emphasis on getting soybean planted early – in late April to early May – comes the question of soybean maturity rating, and whether early planting benefits fuller- or shorter-season varieties the most. Planting date Figure 1 was updated with the 2014 data from our planting…

Soybean seed treatments: options, considerations. - Hill and Furrow 03/17/2015

If you are deciding whether or not to get your soybean seed treated, a recent article on the Hill and Furrow Blog would be a good reference tool.

http://web.extension.illinois.edu/nwiardc/eb270/entry_9697/

Soybean seed treatments: options, considerations. - Hill and Furrow According to the 2015 Illinois Crop Budgets prepared by University of Illinois Economist Dr. Gary Schnitkey, an estimated average of $78 per acre will be spent on soybean seed - the single largest direct cost of producing soybean. According to the USDA- Economic Research Service , prices for both co…

03/02/2015

Widespread SDS was observed at the NWRC in 2014. It was prominent in a study investigating the effect of in-furrow starter fertilizer and fungicide on soybean yield. Results from this study are now available.

http://web.extension.illinois.edu/nwiardc/downloads/57703.pdf

web.extension.illinois.edu

2015 W**d Control Guide Now Available 01/30/2015

With spring just around the corner, now is a great time to start planning your herbicide program for the coming year. A great tool to use is the 2015 W**d Control Guide for Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. It has lots of information on w**d management and w**d response ratings to various products.

http://bulletin.ipm.illinois.edu/?p=2891

2015 W**d Control Guide Now Available The 2008 edition of the Illinois Agricultural Pest Management Handbook was the final edition of a publication that served pest management practitioners for many decades. Herbicide information and annual updates of product performance ratings were mainstays of that publication. Since 2008 we period…

The Bulletin 12/08/2014

Registration is open for the 2015 Regional Crop Management Conferences. This is a great opportunity to advance your agronomic knowledge and Certified Crop Advisers can earn up to 13 hours of credit.

http://bulletin.ipm.illinois.edu/?p=2881

The Bulletin The Bulletin provides timely information about pests and crops throughout Illinois. Our objective is to keep you informed about pest problems and crop development issues and to keep you current regarding pest management strategies.

Pesticide applicator training and testing locations and dates set - Hill and Furrow 11/21/2014

Anyone applying Restricted Use pesticides needs to be licensed. Dates and locations for training/testing are available. Check out a recent article on the Hill and Furrow Blog for more details.

http://web.extension.illinois.edu/nwiardc/eb270/entry_9280/

Pesticide applicator training and testing locations and dates set - Hill and Furrow The Illinois Pesticide Licensing Act requires licenses for anyone using restricted use pesticides or applying either restricted or general use pesticides as part of their job. There are five different license types and 17 different categories of licensure . In order to apply for a license, a person…

Timeline photos 10/15/2014

Poor stalk quality issues have been observed this year. While waiting to get back into the field, it may be a good idea to scout and prioritize which fields you are going to harvest next. A simple way to evaluate stalk strength is a push test. You should be able to push the stalks to approximately a 45 degree angle without breaking them. A high percentage of broken stalks is a good indicator of high lodging risk for that particular field.

Severe sudden death syndrome symptoms develop in soybeans - Hill and Furrow 08/19/2014

Heavy rains have shown SDS to be present in several fields this year. A recent article on the Hill and Furrow Blog discusses SDS in great detail.

http://web.extension.illinois.edu/nwiardc/eb270/entry_8891/

Severe sudden death syndrome symptoms develop in soybeans - Hill and Furrow Note: click on photo to enlarge, see captions or see other pictures. SDS in Western Illinois. SDS symptoms began to develop this week in a soybean planting date study at the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center (NWIARDC) ( Figure ). The symptoms have become more sever…

Timeline photos 08/11/2014

This is a great time of year to walk your corn fields. Recording observations such as Gray Leaf Spot or Northern Corn Leaf Blight can help you make better decisions in preparation for the 2015 crop.

07/28/2014

A recent article in the Hill and Furrow Blog discusses the benefit of field scouting now to make better management decisions for the 2015 crop.

http://web.extension.illinois.edu/nwiardc/eb270/entry_8785/

Scouting in 2014 can inform decisions for 2015 and beyond - Hill and Furrow Although 2014 variety and hybrid selections were made long ago and foliar fungicide decisions are likely already made because of scouting that took place before tasseling, additional scouting throughout the 2014 growing season can continue to provide important information needed for future growing s…

07/14/2014

Just a reminder, tomorrow July 15th is our annual field day. Tours start at 8:00 AM

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