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Notes on Fall Fertilization

  • November 7, 2018
  • Emerson Nafziger

With harvest almost complete in Illinois after another year with high to very high yields, it’s time to review some basics of fall fertilization. Neither fertilizer nor grain prices are…
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Remain Vigilant for Palmer Amaranth

  • July 18, 2018
  • Aaron Hager

Palmer amaranth has garnered much attention recently in both academic discussions and popular press releases, and with good reason. Among the weedy species of Amaranthus, Palmer amaranth has the fastest…
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Seedling Diseases of Soybeans

  • June 6, 2018
  • Nathan Kleczewski

Although the weather has been predominantly dry, some producers are reporting issues with seedling diseases in several areas of the state. Consequently, now is an excellent time to brush up…
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A Big Data Revolution: What Would Drive It?

  • December 3, 2015
  • Steve Sonka and Yu-Tien Cheng

Management on the farm historically has been constrained by the fundamental reality that the cost of real-time measurement of farming operations exceeded the benefits from doing so. Sensing capabilities (from…
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Big Data in Farming: Why Matters!

  • November 12, 2015
  • Steve Sonka and Yu-Tien Cheng

Big Data applications generally create predictions based on analysis of what has occurred. Uncertainty in farming, based in biology and weather, means that what has happened often is not a…
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Big Data: More Than a Lot of Numbers!

  • October 29, 2015
  • Steve Sonka and Yu-Tien Cheng

Big Data - the current buzzword of choice. Today it's very easy to be overwhelmed by the hype promoting Big Data. Farm media, newspapers and general media, and conference speakers…
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2015 Crop Insurance Decision Tool and SCO

  • September 3, 2014
  • Gary Schnitkey

The 2015 Crop Insurance Decision Tool is now available for download from the FAST section of farmdoc. Currently, the tool provides farmer-paid premiums for wheat. Premiums are given for all…
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Trends in Illinois Farmland Parcel Size

  • August 15, 2013
  • Bruce J. Sherrick and Erik Hanson

The recent upswing in U.S. farmland prices is well-documented, with recent posts describing the USDA's estimate of annual valuation change, and comparisons to other asset classes. The other key dimension…
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Late Planting and Tools in FAST

  • May 1, 2013
  • Ryan Batts and Gary Schnitkey

Little planting so far this spring and the continued prospects of rain bring on the potential for farmers to shift from corn to soybeans. The Planting Decision Model, a part…
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