CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — With weather delays, corn and soybean farmers may be tempted to go directly to planting and worry about weeds later. University of Illinois weed scientist Aaron Hager and other experts say: Resist the temptation.
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Lawson Britton fills a tank on an all-terrain vehicle with herbicide. Spraying weeds around the farmstead in southern Illinois is one of the few tasks he was able to do while waiting for his fields to dry out — a common problem for many in this year’s Illinois Farmer Today planting survey.