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Ground Work 2021: Mississippi River Levels, Rain Impact Illinois Soybeans

Daryl CatesJul 21, 2021

What a difference a week makes. During the week of June 21, the Mississippi River dropped as low as 3 m, or 10 feet, and…

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Ground Work 2021: Controlling Weeds in Illinois

Daryl CatesJun 24, 2021

After rain delays through much of May, I finished planting soybeans on June 5. I am still amazed at how quickly we can get caught…

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Ground Work 2021: Planting Delays in Illinois

Daryl CatesMay 26, 2021

After a good start to planting, rains at the end of April and the beginning of May interrupted us and kept us out of the…

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Ground Work 2021: Illinois Planting Underway

Daryl CatesApr 26, 2021

Mid-April brought spring rains and below average temperatures to my area along the Mississippi River, in the heart of the United States midwest. The Mississippi…

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Ground Work 2021: Monitoring Mississippi River Levels in Illinois

Daryl CatesMar 26, 2021

Illinois farmer Daryl Cates monitors Mississippi River levels and crop prices as he prepares for the 2021 planting season. His Ground Work 2021 update describes…