Corn and soybean variety
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By John Fulton
We have already posted
the results of the Logan County Commercial Corn Plot to these pages.
"Corn varieties plot results."] Now,
the University of Illinois trial results for 2003 are available
http://vt.cropsci.uiuc.edu/. Other methods of getting copies of
the results include subscription to the Illinois AgriNews and
purchase of paper copies at the Extension office. Don't be in too
big a rush, as the printed copies probably won't be available until
early December. For now, you can look at results on the Web.
Each year we get several requests for
a certain publication dealing with soil productivity ratings.
Unfortunately the one requested is out of print. The good news is
that two publications have replaced it, and they're also on the
Web. Check out the site at
http://research.nres.uiuc.edu/soilproductivity/. There is also
a good "standardized" definition of the different classes of
soils. Many price reporting sources use these definitions when
reporting auction prices of farm ground. Keep in mind that some
sources use slope percentages rather than productivity index
Private pesticide applicator clinics
Logan County has well over 100
private pesticide applicators to recertify this year. To try to
meet the demand, two clinics are scheduled at the Logan County
Extension office. The dates are Dec. 9 and Feb. 9. Both sessions
will begin at 8:30 a.m. and should be concluded by 1 p.m.,
depending on your speed in completing the exam.
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There is no charge for the clinic,
however you will have to pay a fee to the Department of
Agriculture for your license upon successful completion of the
exam. You will receive a written application in the mail, and you
return a check with the application.
Private licenses are needed to
purchase and apply restricted-use pesticides on ground that you
own or operate. This license category does not apply to public
grounds, such as churches, schools or parks. The commercial
not-for-hire, or public, license is required for those types of
Preregistration is required, and there is limited enrollment at
each session. To make a reservation, simply call the office at
732-8289 to get your name on the list for the clinic you prefer.