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Mites in corn still need controlled

With most of the attention on the central and eastern Corn Belt, very little attention has been focused on the western Corn Belt or High Plains this year—a region that is experiencing better than average corn growth from most reports. But that doesn’t mean the area isn’t having its annual July and August problem with mites.


Survey of first-generation European corn borer confirms low population

A recent survey taken throughout the state by the University of Illinois Extension shows that the European corn borer population is down in Illinois. The recent work is part of an ongoing U of I Extension integrated pest management program sponsored by the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA).


Top three insect-scouting tips to minimize yield loss

If an insect lands on a soybean plant but there’s no one there to hear it, does it make a sound? As you contemplate the answer to that question, think about how many bugs might be buzzing through your soybean fields right now. They may be decreasing your yields, and you don’t even know it.


Yellow, stunted corn ... more than one possible cause

Areas of light green to yellow, often stunted, corn plants are visible in many corn fields throughout the state at this point in mid-June. There is no single cause for such crappy looking corn (Nielsen, 2012) and multiple causes may occur in the same field, which makes for challenging diagnoses and frustrating discussions with the grower.


Crop-rotation resistant rootworms have a lot going on in their guts

After decades of effort, scientists are finally figuring out how insects develop resistance to environmentally friendly farming practices – such as crop rotation – that are designed to kill them. The researchers say their insights will help develop more sustainable agricultural practices.


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