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Cole crops is the general term used to describe broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale and kohlrabi. Harvesting vegetables at the right stage of maturity results in nutritious, high-quality produce.

For many of us, certain years are permanently imprinted in the brain: 1983, 1993, 1995. While rainfall in generally welcomed, there are those years when one wishes that it would just hold off long enough to get the crop in the ground.

During the month of June, the corn crop is getting ready for key reproductive milestones that can have a significant impact on yield potential. With crop health at stake, it’s extremely important to know the growth stage of each cornfield before applying crop protection inputs or sidedressing nitrogen.

In recent weeks I’ve received emails, texts and phone calls inquiring about my interest in sponsoring banners, trophies and offering cash donations for prize money for various competitions at county and state fairs and other events.

You have probably heard of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy by now, but in case you have not, it addresses nutrient losses to waters in Illinois and downstream to the Gulf of Mexico from both point and non-point sources of pollution. In Illinois, we have goals to reduce nitrate-nitrogen losses by 15% and total phosphorus losses by 25% by the year 2025.

ROCKFORD, Ill.— Farmers and landowners are invited to join us on Tuesday, July 9, at the Machine Shed Restaurant in Rockford to learn more about cover crops during this challenging season. Local experts will share their research and experiences using different cover crop systems in northern Illinois.

This spring is one that we in the agricultural industry and those who live in rural communities will never forget. The rain keeps pouring. This historically late planting falls in a time of high policy and price uncertainty. Many concerns are weighing on farmers’ minds.

The Northwest Illinois Forestry Association will tour Brad Peterburg’s woodland on South Rodden Road in Jo Daviess County at 10 a.m. June 22. Peterburg will give his perspective on the aerial application of glycophosphate to attack bush honeysuckle in the fall of 2017 and 2018. Consulting fo…

If you are looking to protect the environment, support wildlife and pollinators, and require less inputs for your landscape, consider planting native plant species. Native plant species have different meanings for some people.

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