The 156 University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners who live in communities across the Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit are not waiting for the warm weather to arrive to begin their gardening activity.
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Illinois farmers have led the nation in soybean production five of the last six seasons. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Illinois producers raised nearly 700 million bushels of soybeans in 2018 with an average yield of 65 bushels per acre.
With a short fall for some, spring fieldwork will be abundant. Many farmers may feel pressure to work in field conditions that may increase chances of yield-reducing compaction.
ELIZABETH, Ill. – Dogs are considered “man’s best friend” and play an important role in many households across the globe. The Ain’t Misbehavin’ Dog Club will offer youth the opportunity to learn to feed, care for, and keep a dog healthy.
As farmers get the itch to begin planting, the debate about when to plant also begins. While planting early may provide a yield boost, cold or wet soils common in early spring can lead to yield reductions caused by poor seedling emergence and reduced plant populations.