Dealing with Cool and Wet Conditions
Parts of the mid-west have seen heavy rainfall and cool temperatures that may challenge corn and soybean plantings. According to Emerson Nafzinger at the University of Illinois "imbibitional chilling injury" can damage membranes resulting in abnormal seedling development and failure to emerge. While such damage is possible, the larger concern will likely be low oxygen levels in saturated soils. This along with concerns about disease, nitrogen and planting conditions will be something to keep an eye on. Nafzinger also says "Although not much corn has been planted since April 26, it will take at least 2 weeks for corn to emerge under current temperatures." Read more by visiting The Bulletin.
Summer in Puerto Rico
Our Puerto Rico Winter Farm is actually a year-round operation. The farm is finishing up harvesting and packaging seed to be returned to North American clients. Soon we will be receiving seed from South America and replanting continuous nurseries. We point out that Puerto Rico operates 365 days a year so you can take advantage of our continuous nursery services and isolated parent seed production capabilities. Soybean is the primary crop from May to November. We like to think of it as extreme Southern Illinois.
Annual Meeting Events June 28 & 29
The Illinois Crop and ISTA Joint Annual Meeting will kick off with the Illinois Seed Trade Golf Outing on Wednesday, June 28 at Stone Creek Golf Club. Meetings will be held Thursday, June 29th at the Tony Noel Ag Center on the Parkland Community College Campus starting with lunch at noon. The annual meeting registration fee is $50 per registrant. Registration does not guarantee or cover a hotel room, but there is a block of rooms being held at The Drury Inn & Suites Champaign under Group Number: 2305611. Rooms are being held until May 29th. Click here to reserve your hotel room.
Field Inspection Applications
Field Inspections are just around the corner. We encourage you to use our electronic field inspection application form. A relatively simple spreadsheet can be submitted in lieu of traditional paper forms. Illinois Crop accepts submissions downloaded from your system or applications made with our template. The application templates are available on our Forms page. As always, field results are available on-line by clicking the login lab and field results link and selecting "field inspection" prior to entering your user ID and Password. Field inspection application dates and policies are also posted on our deadline page.
Shipping Seed? Need a Phytosanitary Field Inspection?
Illinois Crop is accredited under the National Seed Health System for phytosanitary field inspections. From breeding nurseries to production fields, Illinois Crop is authorized to inspect the following crops in Illinois and Puerto Rico; corn, soybean, sunflower, cotton, wheat, sorghum and now dry bean.
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