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WILL - Ag Notes - May 15, 2014

Political Support for Bio-Diesel

by Todd E. Gleason

Support for biodiesel made from soybeans is coming to a head in Washington, D.C. Farmers, politicians, and biodiesel producers want continued support of the renewable fuel. 

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WILL - Ag Notes - May 01, 2014

More Illinois Counties Confirmed Cry3Bb1 WCR Resistant

by Todd E. Gleason

The resistance is getting stronger in Illinois. It's been just over a decade since the introduction of Bt hybrids capable of fending off the western corn rootworm. University of Illinois Extension Entomologist Mike Gray says six counties in the state are affected, with more to come.

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WILL - Ag Notes - April 30, 2014

Palmer Amaranth Untreatable 10 Days after Emergence

by Todd E. Gleason

University of Illinois Weed Scientist Aaron Hager is urging farmers to diligently control a new weed species in the state. Palmer amaranth plants reached a 4-inch height less than 10 days after emergence. Palmer is very hard to control after it is taller than four inches. You can read more from Aaron Hager on the weed in The Bulletin.

photo comparing the growth rate of waterhemp vs palmer amaranth
This greenhouse demonstration compares the growth rate of  palmer amaranth compared to waterhemp at 4 days post emergence and 16 days. Palmer becomes nearly untreatable after reaching a height of 4 inches, usually less than 10 days after emergence.
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