All Posts from 2017

With more than 15,000 licensed agriculture pesticide applicators, Illinois Department of Ag (IDOA), Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA) and industry groups have undertaken a massive effort to ensure proper training for anyone and everyone who might apply dicamba products in 2018.

Although applicators are required to have training, IFCA and IDOA encourage everyone who plants dicamba tolerant soybeans to attend a class...

We have exited the Roundup Ready® era when all we had to do was apply a shot or two of a glyphosate herbicide and were rewarded with clean fields. Weed control was never so easy. Today we have entered the era of near-mandatory use of preemergence residual herbicides, along with different post combinations.

Residual herbicides have been on the market for a long time now and savvy growers made routine use of them in their weed...

These free half-day events start with registration at 8:30. There will be several speakers presenting on a wide range of topics. Growers will hear lots of practical, actionable advice to help their bottom lines and feel more confident about managing the business side of their operations.

Dekalb Feb. 13
Galesburg Feb. 14
Bloomington Feb. 15
Effingham/Altamont Feb. 20
Mt. Vernon Feb. 21...

Each year the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) tracks crop progress and condition by state and crop district within the state. From time to time I have looked at their data to track crop progress and condition. The data reported includes:

  • Planting progress (%)
  • Emergence progress (%)
  • Crop condition (% very poor, poor, fair, good, excellent)
  • Blooming (%)
  • Pod set (%)
  • Turn...

I have been volunteering for the past 14 years with an organization called Foods Resource Bank (FRB). FRB raises funds in the U.S.—usually through a church, organization or individuals forming a Growing Project, growing and selling a crop—and sends the funds to FRB. Then we use that money to help small holder farmers become food secure through programs organized by our 16 implementing partners...

Soybeans yields are steadily improving in Illinois and we can thank continued improvements in both genetics and management for these gains.

Seed companies continue to push the genetic barriers and farmers and companies continue to innovate technologies and practices. Fred Below, Ph.D., University of Illinois, has identified his Six...