The 60th annual Farm Science Review came to a close at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio, after welcoming 114,589 visitors during the course of the three-day event and showcasing the latest in agricultural innovations.
We are now experiencing a serious drought to a level not reached since 2012. All the summer months, so far, have provided us with nothing more than a few tenths of moisture at a time and nothing at all lately.
Fred Below’s interest in plants was sparked at a young age by his grandfather and his curiosity grew exponentially when he looked at the University of Illinois’ agronomy course offerings.
Although he has not found tar spot in his cornfields yet, Steve Pitstick will spray a fungicide for prevention of the disease. “We’ve had tar spot since 2018,” said Pitstick who farms about 5,000 acres of corn and soybeans near Maple Park in northern Illinois.
Utilizing no-till practices has been part of the Zimmerman farm for several decades. “My dad was a bit of a pioneer. He started no-tilling in the mid-’80s when not a lot of people were doing it around here,” said Brad Zimmerman during the Soy Around the State media tour.
In addition to planting corn and soybeans seeds, Brady Holst applies a mix of bacteria and fungi with his planter. “We’ve been putting biologicals on with the planter for about five years,” said Holst, who farms with his dad and brother.
Heartland Community College kicked off the construction of a 29,500-square-foot-facility and outside growing labs which will support agriculture programs and the next generation of ag students.
As the toxins from Bt corn become less and less effective at managing western and northern corn rootworms, what’s next? It will take a combination of innovative techniques to provide sustainable control, according to University of Illinois researchers, who are gearing up for a project involving next year’s crops.
Piloting a drone was one of numerous activities students had the opportunity to experience during the NIU STEM Fest 2021.
Rantizo provides a turnkey opportunity for those interested in developing a drone business for applying products to crop acres.
Drones have transitioned over the past several years from a curiosity to crop and livestock production tool. The benefits of using unmanned aerial vehicles on farms and ranches were the topic of an Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction podcast hosted by Todd Gleason, University of Illinois Extension media communications specialist.
Unmanned aerial vehicles are transforming the ag industry. Farmers can get a bird’s-eye view of their fields and make decisions based on their observations.
The Grow Your Farm Operation Series will be held Tuesdays, Jan. 12-March 2, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. EST.