Conditions ripe this year for ergot
Farm and Field

Conditions ripe this year for ergot

University of Missouri Extension specialists warn livestock producers to be on the lookout for ergot this year.

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Algae growth on ponds
Good Growing

Algae growth on ponds

Algae are simple aquatic plants that we often find growing in bodies of water throughout Illinois. We often associate algae with a slimy feeling that makes our ponds and lakes less attractive; algae gets stuck on our fishing poles, and makes swimming less

Tree troubles usually start at base of the trunk
Good Growing

Tree troubles usually start at base of the trunk

I get lots of pictures of sick trees. Most of the time the first photo sent to me is a declining canopy. Maybe a picture of an ugly leaf.

Researchers adapt robots to fight COVID-19
Farm and Field

Researchers adapt robots to fight COVID-19

Where coronavirus puts human workers at risk, robots can step in to do the job.
Girish Chowdhary and his research team at the University of Illinois already have developed the robot, and now they're adapting it to current needs.

'Bee' lazy for pollinators
Good Growing

'Bee' lazy for pollinators

Pollinators are vital to life as we know it. Around 75% of all plant species are pollinated by animals (and 90% of flowering plants). While we tend to focus on bees, particularly honey bees, many different animals will pollinate plants.

Pig probiotics prove promising
Farm and Field

Pig probiotics prove promising

Recent regulatory restrictions around antibiotic use in livestock challenge the feed industry, but research from the University of Illinois shows a probiotic product, Clostridium butyricum, can achieve the same growth-promoting results as antibiotics.

Mill Creek Farm ends strawberry production
Agriculture

Mill Creek Farm ends strawberry production

It's the end of another chapter in the story of a sweet crop in Quincy.
Mill Creek Farm owners Mike and Theresa Roegge have wrapped up strawberry picking for the year -- and for good -- on South 48th Street.

Sulfur deficiency in corn
Good Growing

Sulfur deficiency in corn

Depending on your soil test results, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium are nutrients we supply year after year to our corn crop; however, there is a nutrient we might be overlooking when making fertilizer applications.

Larger than average 'dead zone' forecast for Gulf of Mexico
Farm and Field

Larger than average 'dead zone' forecast for Gulf of Mexico

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists are forecasting this summer's Gulf of Mexico hypoxic area or "dead zone" — an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and other marine life — to be approximately 6,700 square miles, larger tha

'I'd rather have a virtual fair than no fair at all'
Illinois News

'I'd rather have a virtual fair than no fair at all'

Part of Kennedy Gallaher's daily routine involves taking her pigs for a walk.
Spending time every day working with the livestock is an important part of show preparation for the incoming junior at Brown County High School.