Illinois research helps explain waterhemp's tricks
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Illinois research helps explain waterhemp's tricks

Like antibiotic-resistant bacteria, some herbicide-resistant weeds can't be killed by available chemicals and threaten the food supply by stealing resources and outcompeting crops.

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Ethanol prospects uncertain
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Ethanol prospects uncertain

Stronger export numbers and lower acreage boosted corn prices since the end of June, and a recovery in economic activity helped ethanol plants ramp up production as gasoline demand increased.

Rotate corn for better soil health
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Rotate corn for better soil health

Leveraging a 20-year field experiment, Illinois crop scientists demonstrated significant risks associated with continuous corn rotations, both for the soil microbial community and for environmental health on a larger scale.

Conditions ripe this year for ergot
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Conditions ripe this year for ergot

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

Researchers adapt robots to fight COVID-19
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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.

Pig probiotics prove promising
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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.

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

Corn prices depend on supply issues, economic recovery
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Corn prices depend on supply issues, economic recovery

The potential for July corn futures prices to move out of the range of $3.15 to $3.25 depends on supply issues and, more importantly, the economic recovery.

Satellites, field cameras and farmers team up to track corn productivity in real time
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Satellites, field cameras and farmers team up to track corn productivity in real time

University of Illinois scientists, with help from members of the Illinois Corn Growers Association, have developed a new, scalable method for estimating crop productivity in real time.

Little impact on yield when corn emerges in one-week window
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Little impact on yield when corn emerges in one-week window

Research by University of Missouri Extension agronomists shows that there is little yield difference in unevenly emerged corn.
MU Extension agronomist Bill Wiebold researched corn emergence's effect on yield in 2010 and 2011.