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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — With crazy 2019 weather, planting conditions and harvest delays, talk about cover crops in Illinois might be at an all-time high.

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Welcome to February? Nope, it’s November. Five inches of snow fell Sunday night into Monday, and now we have subzero overnight temperatures with single-digit daytime temperatures. As I sit here typing, we are sitting with temperature of 1 above with a real feel of -9 degrees. The good thing …

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Another round of harvest delays with snow on Monday. Not entirely sure how many inches of snow we had as it was blowing and drifting. We finished cutting beans Thursday last week, and only have about 80 acres of corn left. Hopefully, we can get some decent weather at the end of this week so …

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Forecasters believe we may see up to a foot of lake effect snow if this next weather system holds together. Area farmers continue to push harvesting to daily limits as they babysit grain dryers and maintain the status of grain bins as they are trying to dry down corn that seems to be hanging…

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We all need to remember our past to help us move forward better in life. But that doesn’t mean we have to dwell on our past. We are nearing the end of harvest for a year that will never be forgotten for most, if not all, of ag industry. This has been one of the most troubling years for so ma…

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We are done! The combine came home empty last Monday evening at 6 p.m. Corn harvest for many in this area ended last week. Not so in Illinois. Mark and I traveled to St. Louis for a meeting on Wednesday and Thursday and there were thousands of acres of corn and beans still in the field. We s…

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — “I don’t think you can make grits in space,” contemplated Torbert Rocheford, the Patterson Endowed Chair in Translational Genomics for Crop Improvement in the Purdue University Department of Agronomy. “Well, maybe if you had a microwave.”

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Sending breeders into fields to manually measure the characteristics of plants is slow, laborious and expensive. Remote sensing technologies, coupled with advanced analytics, offer the promise of faster, more accurate data collection to improve the speed at which plant…

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Another week at the hands of Mother Nature. Snow, rain, sleet — we have had it all. The fields are wet under the stalks where we harvested prior to the precipitation, making ends greasy and soft for turning around and getting in and out of fields. Not much was moving late in the week or week…

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We had a couple inches of snow last week that stopped harvest for a few days. We went back to picking corn Saturday and Monday morning and then switched back to beans Monday afternoon. Surprisingly, the beans were 13.5% moisture and were cutting well.

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If we turn the calendar back six months, like we did with our clocks this weekend, we’d find ourselves in the same predicament as we were back in the month of May. Very little fieldwork took place this past week, leaving Monday and Sunday as the most ideal window for harvest, if there was on…

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Another milestone of the fall season has passed and I’m left scratching my head how we got here so fast. Halloween has come and gone, leaving piles of unneeded candy for the kids and fears of harvesting on Thanksgiving creeping in on some of us. We are moving right along on harvest. Another …

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Another week of hurry and wait. We should have had harvest completed two weeks ago, but yet again Mother Nature has reared her head and brought us an abundance of fall rains. We set some more records for the month of October. It was the hottest start to the month, the most rain received on o…

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MARSHALL, Ill. — Clark County soybean producer Don Guinnip has been cited by the Illinois Soybean Association High Yield PLUS Quality program for consistently producing soybeans that rank very high in livestock feed value.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — PurdueUniversity representatives will speak at the Hemp at the Crossroads Education and Trade Show in Indianapolis Nov. 16-17.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Amanda Elmore, a PurdueUniversity graduate and 2016 Olympic gold medalist in women’s rowing, returned to campus for Homecoming festivities and made a presentation to an agricultural economics program.

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — October temperatures soared from record-breaking heat during the first week and fell to record-breaking cold at the month’s end in Illinois, according to Illinois State Climatologist Trent Ford at the University of Illinois’ Illinois State Water Survey.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — When corn and soybean farmer Kenny Reichard stopped plowing some of his fields in northern Missouri in 1982, other farmers told him that it was a terrible decision that would lower his yields.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — When the 2018 farm bill legalized production of hemp, the deluge of phone calls from potential growers to scientists and state administrators quickly made it clear how little information is available for those hoping to plant the crop.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A team of engineers, agronomists and economists at PurdueUniversity’s Center for Sustainable Food, Energy and Water Systems, supported by the National Science Foundation, are developing novel photovoltaic module designs for use on agricultural land to cogenerate electr…

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TAMPA, Fla. — HELM Agro US Inc., a global manufacturer of high-quality crop protection and fertilizer products, announced the hiring of Aaron Locker as vice president of sales for the organization’s U.S. business.

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is renting permanent office space for two of its research agencies in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, despite the union concerns that relocation from the nation’s capital has left the agencies critically understaffed and lacking vital e…

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The snow is falling outside. Yes, it’s October and the snow is falling in Northern Illinois. Unfortunately, like last year, we are far from finished with harvest when the first snow falls for the 2019-2020 winter. We did get one field of soybeans off before the rains came late last week. We …

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We received 1.5 inches of rain in the last week. Harvest is moving along well for us. We are over half done with corn and beans. Bean yields have been surprisingly better than we expected, but corn is still all over the place.

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Five out of seven days were suitable for fieldwork and harvest. On Monday, we finished nailing up plywood and stapling Tyvec on the gable ends of house as we wait for doors and windows to arrive. We set all the tub and shower units, felted the roof, put fly rafters on and installed the drain…

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Another productive week behind us, I would say. We were able to get switched back to corn and run on corn most of the week. We are around that 50% mark on corn harvest. So, that is a good feeling. So far, yields are still surprising us, but not as big as they could have been. But I am still …

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The weather outside is beautiful today, quite the opposite of yesterday’s gully-washer. Both days, I watched from the confines of my hospital bed. My back surgery went according to plan and I got to come home today. My therapy consists of walking with more walking plus more walking. I won’t …

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STEVENS POINT, Wis. — The Black Hawk College Soil Judging Team won first place at the American Society of Agronomy 2019 Region 3 Collegiate Soils Contest in Stevens Point.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — “Considering Cover Crops?” is a newly-published guide for Illinois farmers that provides a comprehensive resource to the most recent research for effectively incorporating a cover crop ahead of corn, soybeans and wheat.

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We were able to cross corn silage chopping off the list for harvest 2019 at Meier Grain and Livestock Farms this week. Feels good to have that project done and to have moved into the combine. We even took a couple loads of soybeans off Sunday evening after chopping and a quick trip to get ap…

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Well, we’ve waited five months to see what we planted in somewhat marginal seedbeds to finally mature, and here we are burning the midnight oil with candle power burning bright — as we are trying to beat the next rain, just like we did back in May. Since I do not own my own combine yet, I’m …

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