A slug feeds on a corn plant leaf.
A wet spring that has delayed fieldwork in Indiana has created conditions ideal for slugs to thrive, a Purdue Extension entomologist says. Slugs are most common in no-till systems and weedy fields. These mollusks without shells can wreak havoc on corn and soybean seedlings - especially when seed slots aren't properly closed at planting.
Young man participating in science workshop
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4-H is doing more to reach out to Indiana young people by reaching into inner cities. Because urban areas tend to not have a strong tradition of 4-H, Purdue Extension is creating new programs in heavily urban Lake, Marion and Allen counties to attract more young people there.
As the calendar continues to move deeper into spring, winter annual weeds and cover crops will become increasingly difficult to control. However, there are several management decisions related to herbicide decisions that can improve weed control in no-till fields including those tough to control winter annuals like marestail.
Untilled field
Farmers who are antsy to get into their fields to complete tillage operations and plant corn should do their best to stay patient, two Purdue Extension agronomists say.
A Purdue University experiment that will test how plant cells sense and respond to different levels of gravity is scheduled to launch aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Monday (April 14).
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's April 9 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates continued a series of recent reports that have offered corn and soybean producers a more optimistic grain-price outlook than what was expected for most of the winter, Purdue Extension agricultural economist Chris Hurt says.
An updated corn and soybean outlook from Purdue Extension economists, Chris Hurt and Corinne Alexander, is available for viewing. Hurt and Alexander presented their updated outlook during a webinar following the release of USDA's Grain Stocks and Prospective Plantings reports.

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