April 25, 2017

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue | April 25, 2017

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue addresses USDA employees and guests shortly after being sworn in April 25, 2017. You may watch or listen to the full speech.


April 24, 2017

Evaluating Barley Yellow Dwarf Resistance in Oats



Fred Kolb heads up the small grains breeding program at the University of Illinois. He and his crew were out working on the south farms last week (Wednesday, April 18). They swing specialized tubes to deliver a little corn meal and an aphid that carries Barley Yellow Dwarf disease. The aphid, says Kolb, infects the oats. About a week after the aphids are released, he and his team come back to eradicate them. Fred Kolb is a crop scientist at the University of Illinois.


April 22, 2017

Choosing Nitrogen Rates

Most corn producers have made plans on how to supply the 2017 Illinois corn crop with nitrogen. However, the stakes are high says University of Illinois Extension Agronomist Emerson Nafziger and this might have some rethinking plans as the season gets underway.

  • unusually early N application this past winter and early spring
  • the delay in fieldwork due to rainfall over the past week
  • ongoing pressure to “get nitrogen right”

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link to N Rate Calculator


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