WILLAg Notes

June 20, 2013

The Community College Path to Ag Education

High School FFA Chapters from around the nation are gathering at their state conventions this summer. Scattered among the blue and gold jackets will be their teachers, and a few aspiring agriculture education teachers. Todd Gleason caught up with one of them and has this story on how she came to a Big Ten school through the Community College system.

The Community College Path to Ag Education

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Todd Gleason
June 16, 2013

N FIx for Purple and Yellow Corn Not Needed

Corn fields with poor color are probably suffering from a lack of oxygen rather than in need of an addtional nitrogen application. This is the conclusion of University of Illinois Agronomist Emerson Nafziger.

He writes in this week's bulletin, "As soils dry out in most areas of Illinois and temperatures stay warm, it’s likely that many fields with yellow corn plants will improve, in some cases rapidly. Late planting and warm temperatures do tend to favor top growth over root growth, but we expect that as leaves grow and start improve in color and as soil oxygen levels increase as soils dry, sugars will become more available to the roots as well as the tops, and this will further improve root uptake of nutrients."

You may read more or listen to our report with Emerson Nafziger using the links below.

June 10, 2013

Poor Control of Marestail

Farmers, especially no-tillers, are very concerned about weed control in their soybean fields this year. Todd Gleason reports some burndown herbicide applications failed to kill everything.

Poor Control of Marestail (horseweed)

June 03, 2013

Prevent Plant Decisions

Farmers, long delayed by rainfall in much of the cornbelt, have some new decisions to make this week. Todd Gleason reports those that purchased revenue protection crop insurance products must consider whether or not to plant corn.

Prevent Plant Decisions

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