• Josh Flint

    Agronomy Day: A Great Way to Catch Up on the Latest Research

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     by Josh Flint
     on September 1, 2008

     One of the great things about the University of Illinois College of ACES staff is their accessibility.   Anytime I'm working on a story for the magazine, it's nice to know the U of I staff is only a phone call away.   In mid-August, I began work on the October cover story. We'll be focusing on the supply and demand issues associated with fertilizer. U of I professors Bob Hoeft and Fred Below were extremely helpful in catching me up with the latest and greatest in variable-rate…

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    Weed Management and Refuge Planting: One in the Same?

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     by Josh Flint
     on August 25, 2008

    All Illinois corn growers are aware of the necessity of planting a refuge for Insect Resistance Management. Even if you don't agree with the necessity of a refuge, it's hard to argue with the EPA. Recently, I was visiting with a farmer in the central part of the state. We were out looking at weeds. He's a proponent of intensive weed management. As we were talking, we got onto the subject of not being able to control how neighbors manage weeds. Here's a field I found in central Illinois. As…

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    Supply, Demand and Early Frost

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     by Josh Flint
     on August 18, 2008

    The USDA released the August supply and demand estimates on the 12th.   Perhaps the most interesting figure was Iowa's projected yield, 171 bushels per acre – the same as last year. This came as a big surprise to me. With flooding and late planting, it's hard to fathom how this could be true.   However, Darrel Good, with the University of Illinois, said he thinks it simple means we had a near perfect July. It's remarkable to think today's hybrids can go through such early-season trauma…

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    Marketing Scam or Cause for Concern

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     by Josh Flint
     on August 15, 2008

    My first child is only three months away, and I'm already freaking out.   Earlier this month, my wife and I went to Baby's R Us to register. After we scanned the necessities, something kept creeping up in the back of my mind.   You see, we registered for the regular old wash and reuse bottles. On the shelf next to the bottles we scanned were the new "BPA-free" bottles. They look exactly the same, but the plastic is free of bisphenol A, an organic compound used in virtually all polycarbonate…

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    Diversity Drives the Land of Lincoln

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     by Josh Flint
     on August 11, 2008

    At our company meeting a few weeks ago, one of our southern editors said, "You know they ought to just slice off the southern portion of Illinois and give it back to the south."   I got a kick out of the comment. Some of the downstate farmers may be agreeable to such a proposition. I don't know how many comments I've heard about how nice it must be to have "good" soil like those in the central part of the state.   However, I think some southern Illinois farmers carry a secret pride about…

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