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  • Learn 5 reasons to promote soil health
    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 5:00 PM
    Thirty-five years ago, the Illinois Erosion and Sediment Control law, often referred to as the “T by 2000” program, became effective in an effort to preserve the long-term productivity of the soils and protect water quality. 
  • Late fertilizer runs show yield promise
    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 3:00 PM
    Aerial application of crop protection products has been common practice for decades and now is being looked at as an additional tool for hiking yields even further. 
  • Teutopolis farm welcomes elephants
    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 1:00 PM
    Two Asian elephants spent the night at an Illinois farm on their way from California to the East Coast. The female elephants, 49-year-old Tai and 31-year-old Rosie, rested up at Effingham County Fair Board President Phil Hartke’s family farm east of Teutopolis. 
  • Pittsfield man second in auctioneer championship
    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 11:00 AM
    Brian Curless has a way with words. The Pittsfield resident won the reserve title at the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship. The second-place finish among 31 contestants in the contest held in Clifton, Texas, won Curless $2,000, a Gist knife and a reserve champion belt buckle. 
  • Southern Illinois wineries embrace cider
    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 9:00 AM
    Seven years ago, Brad Genung took a healthy gamble. “There wasn’t enough going on with apples, in my mind,” said Genung, owner of Cobden-based Owl Creek Vineyard. “We kind of foresaw the trend of cider taking off.” 
  • Tips on overcoming stubborn weeds
    Resistance to herbicides has been a management challenge as long as herbicides have been used for weed control. The introduction of crops with engineered resistance to glyphosate in 1996 prompted most growers to adopt a technology that was easy and efficient. 
  • Soybeans finally in
    With the corn taking off as it is, this is a critical time in our fertility program with the beginning of sidedressing of anhydrous ammonia. This is not a new practice for our farm. 
  • Progress spotty
    Out in the cornfields, things are all over the place. The first plantings of corn around here stayed in the ground for a good two to three weeks before it all came up. 
  • Scouting, sampling
    Pulling samples provided an opportunity to scout. Weed pressure is light, stands look even and populations are on target. 
  • Rain and replanting
    This past week has seen several light rain events keeping soil conditions on the wet side after the big rain event the previous week. It appears that there will be some corn acres that will need to be replanted and also soybeans acres after the big rain from the previous week. 

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