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The 2020 derecho left large amounts of downed corn as it swept across Iowa. Farmers faced the challenge of determining the best way to deal with this corn, which in some cases is being left in the field.

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It is almost the time — but not quite — that anhydrous ammonia (NH3) applications could begin (remember, 50 degrees and continued cooling 4-inch soil temperature, and the colder the better).

However, some areas have dry soils this fall. Can anhydrous ammonia be applied to dry soil? Will it be held in dry soil?

Use of cover crops after a crop is damaged by adverse weather can provide short-term protection of the soil while enhancing the long-term benefits of increased water infiltration, improved nutrient cycling and soil organism diversity.

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When it comes to putting up quality hay, the money is in the details. Improper equipment settings can leave hay in the field, add dirt to hay, cause long-term damage to forage stands and shorten hay storage life. Proper equipment settings can provide big payoffs in maximizing forage yield and quality.

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IUKA, Ill. – Cody and Rachel Borcherding are typical farmers. That means they are big believers in sustainability. They’re always looking for …

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Wheat harvest marks the end of one cropping cycle and the beginning of a second. In parts of central and southern Illinois, farmers frequently opt to plant double-crop soybean following wheat harvest, with hopes that the first “killing” frost will be late enough to allow the soybean to reach maturity.

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