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Ground Work 2021: Illinois Harvest Just Underway

Daryl CatesSep 20, 2021

We had hot, dry weather the last two weeks of August, in my area along the Mississippi River in the heart of the U.S. Midwest.…

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Ground Work 2021: Protecting Soybean Yield and Quality in Illinois

Daryl CatesAug 20, 2021

This season continues to change constantly. In my area along the Mississippi River in the heart of the U.S. Midwest, we’ve had very dry conditions,…

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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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2020 Ground Work: Preparing for Next Season in Illinois

Elliott UphoffDec 15, 2020

Illinois soybean farmer Elliott Uphoff shares his final 2020 Ground Work update about his cover crop experiment and preparation for the 2021 growing season.