Farmers and home gardeners probably should not expect a respite from a voracious pest.
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.
This is the first week since the partial government shutdown that the USDA has issued its regular update on the fall harvest.
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.
There have been reports recently of the western corn rootworm becoming resistant to the genetically modified crops designed to protect against them.
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.
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.