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University seeks data from farmers about 2019 season

Extension hopes to better understand this unique growing year

URBANA — Researchers and Extension specialists from University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences are asking Illinois growers to share basic planting, harvest and yield data with the college to learn from the extraordinary growing conditions experienced this year.

“What we have is a giant, unplanned and involuntary experiment that is being conducted by Illinois farmers this year,” said Emerson Nafziger, professor emeritus in the U of I College of ACES.

“This experiment can help us understand the ramifications of how planting date and variety maturity affect overall yields,” Nafziger said.

Using an anonymous online form, email, or the U.S. Postal Service, farmers can share very simple parameters from this year’s crop with researchers.

“The opportunity to collect a small amount of data on a large number of fields will help Extension provide better guidance if we find ourselves in this kind of situation again in the future,” said Chelsea Harbach, an Extension educator at the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center near Monmouth.

The researchers request data on the 2019 corn and soybean crop from fields in every county of Illinois, and encourage farmers to respond by the end of December 2019.

More information and information on the project is here: https://extension.illinois.edu/nwiardc/2019-delayed-planting-impact-study.

A printable or emailable version is available as well. Download here: https://extension.illinois.edu/sites/default/files/2019plantingdateyieldsurvey.pdf.

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