University of Illinois Extension

Invasive Insect
12:02 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Harsh Winter Likely Didn’t Slow Japanese Beetle

The Japanese Beetle
Credit University of Illinois Extension

Farmers and home gardeners probably should not expect a respite from a voracious pest.

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7:17 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Farmers' Tools Include New Smartphone App

The iPhone version of University of Illinois Extension's nitrogen application app.
Credit U of I Extension

This is the time of year that many farmers apply nitrogen fertilizer to get ready for next year’s crop, now University of Illinois Extension is promoting a new tool to make it easier for farmers to apply the right amount.

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Shows Harvest Mostly Behind
9:34 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

USDA Issues Harvest Reports Again

Credit SSS

This is the first week since the partial government shutdown that the USDA has issued its regular update on the fall harvest.

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8:45 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Midweek Downpour not Enough for Farmers

A field North of Macomb, taken on August 8th, one day after a brief downpour.
Credit SSS

The rain that areas of Western Illinois saw on Wednesday was enough to keep crops "one step ahead” of drought stress, but not enough to keep crops satisfied in the long term.

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University of Illinois Extension
3:07 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Extension Helps Farmers with BT Resistance

U of I Extension in Monmouth is offering free root worm rating.
Credit SSS

There have been reports recently of the western corn rootworm becoming resistant to the genetically modified crops designed to protect against them.

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3:02 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Despite Drought, Western IL Farmers may be OK this Spring

Official USDA Drought Monitor Map
Credit USDA

Even though it's sometimes referred to as “this summer’s drought," Western Illinois is still in drought conditions.

The most recent USDA Drought Monitor Map lists the region as being in moderate drought.

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Gizzards, Wattles and More
9:18 am
Fri November 23, 2012

The Fate of Those Other Turkey Parts

A wild turkey
Credit National Geographic

Many Americans have leftover turkey after the Thanksgiving holiday, but some parts of the bird never even make it to the table.

The gizzards, testicles, and that dangling red thing called a wattle are parts of the turkey that usually do not end up next to the sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving Day or in the fridge afterward.

Kyle Cecil, University of Illinois Extension Educator of Local Food Systems and Small Farms, said  that was not always the case.

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