Advanced model and field data add up to better cover crop management

Science Notes: Termination timing can be just as important as the plant species you select

Reading Time: 2 minutes Cover crops are widely seen as one of the most promising conservation practices, improving soil health while also removing carbon from the atmosphere. But while the number of Midwestern farmers planting cover crops has increased markedly in recent years, 2017 USDA Census data show only about five per cent have adopted the conservation practice. The […] Read more

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Male piglets less resilient to stress

Reading Time: 2 minutes When sows have significant illnesses during key stages of pregnancy, their immune response may negatively affect developing piglets, making them less productive on the farm. New research from the University of Illinois shows that when those piglets, especially males, experience a second stressor in early life, they are at higher risk of neurodevelopmental and other […] Read more

Higher protein levels suggested for dairy calf starter

Higher protein levels suggested for dairy calf starter

Science Notes: University study looks to find a winning combination

Reading Time: 2 minutes Dairy producers know early nutrition for young calves has far-reaching impacts, both for the long-term health and productivity of the animals and for farm profitability.  With the goal of increasing not just body weight but also lean tissue gain, a new University of Illinois study finds enhanced milk replacer with high crude-protein dry starter feed […] Read more

Drones and AI detect soybean maturity with high accuracy

Drones and AI detect soybean maturity with high accuracy

Science notes: The technology could greatly reduce the need for boots on the ground

Reading Time: 2 minutes Walking rows of soybeans in the midsummer heat is an exhausting but essential chore in breeding new cultivars. Researchers brave the heat daily during crucial parts of the growing season to look for plants showing desirable traits such as early pod maturity. But without a way to automate detection of these traits, breeders can’t test […] Read more

Pig diets containing either extruded or unprocessed corn, wheat, and sorghum were studied to determine ileal starch and amino acid digestibility.

Extruded grains may be better for pigs

Science Notes: Fibre digestibility saw little change when feeding extruded grains

Reading Time: 2 minutes Feeding extruded products is the norm in the pet and aqua feed industries, yet it remains unusual for swine feed in the United States and in Canada. The technology can improve energy and protein digestibility in pigs, according to research from the University of Illinois. “We’re not doing this much in the U.S., partly because […] Read more


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Clay supplements boost cow immune systems

Science Notes: Clay binds to aflatoxin allowing it to be excreted through feces

Reading Time: 2 minutes In the fight against aflatoxin, dairy producers often turn to sequestering agents such as clay to reduce transference of the toxin into milk. It’s an effective tactic, but a new study from the University of Illinois shows that clay has additional benefits for overall cow health. “There has been a good amount of research showing […] Read more

In a new University of Illinois study, researchers show large-scale cooperative weed management can slow evolution of herbicide resistance.

Weedy conversations

A new inexpensive tool has emerged in the fight against weed resistance

Reading Time: 2 minutes In a newly released study, scientists at the University of Illinois and USDA’s Agricultural Research Service offer a new tool to fight herbicide resistant weeds that is not only highly effective, it’s free. All it costs is a conversation. Waterhemp, a weedy nemesis of corn and soybean farmers, has developed resistance to multiple herbicide modes […] Read more