U of I seeks Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources (Commercial Agriculture)

The Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources (Commercial Agriculture) serves as a regular, full time, 12 month, academic professional with primary responsibility for the development, delivery, and evaluation of educational programs supporting the mission of the University of Illinois Extension. This position will be expected to deliver research-based educational programs, developed in cooperation with Crop Sciences personnel at designated Research Center and campus-based faculty with an emphasis on applied research with commercial field crops. The establishment of professional networks as well as the development of relationships with key stakeholder groups is vital to the success of Extension Educators in this position. Continue reading

University of Illinois Plant Clinic announces Palmer amaranth seed ID and herbicide resistance plant tissue testing

Last summer, farmers in the Midwest got an unwelcome surprise after planting native seed on Conservation Reserve Program acres. Palmer amaranth is an aggressive and hard-to-kill weed. As a possible solution, some states declared Palmer a noxious weed, which prohibits its sale and transport.

The typical testing method involves growing a sample of seeds until the plants are large enough to be identified, but this is a slow and potentially unreliable process. Pat Tranel, molecular weed scientist at the University of Illinois, said growers are calling and telling him, their businesses are up in the air because of this.” Unless they have a way to certify their product is Palmer-free, they can’t sell it,” said Tranel. There is a company that tests individual seeds using DNA sequencing, but charges $100 per seed. Continue reading

New app available for sprayer calibration

The University of Illinois Extension has released a new smartphone app called Sprayer Calibration Calculator. The app will assist applicators with calculations used when setting up and calibrating a sprayer. The calculator is available free for both Apple iOS and Android smartphone platforms.

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Multiple herbicide resistance becoming problem for Southern farmers

In Delta Farm Press (with a video)

Farmers in the Mid-South and Southeast have spent a lot of money – and, in some cases, have lost entire fields – because of the development of resistance to glyphosate in prolific seed-producing weeds like Palmer amaranth or pigweed.

But how much will it cost them in added herbicide and labor expense and crop losses when weeds like pigweed or common waterhemp develop resistance to more than two or three or even more herbicide modes of action?

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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s University Housing Achieves Green Shield Certification for its IPM Program

The University Housing department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has recently earned Green Shield Certification for its Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program, which relies on common-sense pest prevention techniques to eliminate pest problems through least-toxic methods. It is the second university program in the nation to earn the certification after undergoing a rigorous on-site evaluation by the IPM Institute of North America, Inc.

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Researchers Identify Herbicide Resistant Mechanism In Waterhemp

In the Missouri Ruralist

Responding to the first known report of waterhemp showing resistance to HPPD (4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate dioxygenase)-inhibiting herbicides, such as Callisto, Impact, and Laudis, weed science researchers at the University of Illinois have identified two unique mechanisms in the plant that have allowed the weed to “get around” these herbicides.

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