Maturity Projections for Northern Illinois

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August 26, 2014
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August 23, 2014—  To date, we have accumulated just over 2,300 heat units for the entire year, with August 22nd being the largest daily accumulation of heat units for 2014.  This pulled 2014 about a day ahead of 2013, and half a day behind the 10-year average. My projections for black layer for a 112-day […]

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The Latest Observations From the Field

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July 29, 2014
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July 28, 2014—Over the past week, the dry weather has released some soil nitrogen, significantly improving (deepening) the corn’s color. Nitrate levels in the soil have made a slight recovery, especially CoS.  I am now seeing dark green next to yellow portions of leaves which indicates a flush of new nitrogen into the plant.  Ten […]

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Test Results For Samples Pulled July 7, 2014

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July 16, 2014
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July 16, 2014—Nitrate Tests for our four northern plots have now all crashed.  There are three sources of N for the plant today: Nitrates, Ammonium N, and N mineralized from the soil.  Today, the Nitrates are effectively zero, the ammonium N is not in much better shape, and the mineralization process has greatly slowed with all […]

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Nitrate Testing 4-29-2014

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April 30, 2014
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Here is my first nitrate report for the 2014 growing season.  Today I will explain my nitrate testing protocol and give the results for the first three weeks of tests. Nitrate Testing I have four sites selected where I will pull two soil nitrate tests at 0 to 12 inches, and 12 to 24 inches on a […]

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Online Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Awareness Program

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April 25, 2014
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April 2014 — The Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA), in conjunction with the Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Corn Growers Association and the Illinois Department of Agriculture has developed an online program for Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Awareness.  Funded by a grant from the Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council (NREC), this program consists of five […]

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How are things shaping up?

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April 21, 2014
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April 15, 2014–  Welcome to spring!  Temperatures were in the 70’s around the 12th of April, but fell again when that cold front moved through DeKalb County, giving us more snow and below freezing temps!  Nonetheless, spring is starting to look more promising.  With the calendar saying planting season is at hand, here are a […]

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Burroughs’ Annual Grower Meeting

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April 3, 2014
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March 4, 2014 — Our Minonk and Washburn (Burroughs Ag Services) locations held their Annual Grower Meeting at the Rutland Legion Hall in Rutland, Illinois.  There were about 48 growers in attendance.  Speakers included Jeremy Hoskey (BASF) who led a discussion on Fungicides, Todd Taylor (Hintzsche Agronomic Services Manager) on Weed Resistance, Andy Paulson (General Manager Axis […]

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