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NRES Congratulates May 2016 Graduates

Published April 19, 2016
Alma Mater Statue in regalia
ACES Convocation will be held May 15th at 12:30 p.m. in Huff Hall.

NRES 2016 Graduates

Congratulations to the following students as they prepare to graduate from our programs!

Undergraduate:

  • Brianna Alston – Global Change & Landscape Dynamics
  • Kevin Baecker – Fish and Wildlife Conservation
  • Ilana Braverman – Human Dimensions of the Environment
  • Erika Castillo – Human Dimensions of the Environment
  • Christopher Castle – Resource Conservation & Restoration Ecology
  • Jake Chronister – Fish and Wildlife Conservation
  • Theodore Doellman – Resource Conservation & Restoration Ecology
  • Andrew Donelson – Global Change & Landscape Dynamics
  • Mark Garbacz – Resource Conservation & Restoration Ecology
  • Dallas Glazik – Resource Conservation & Restoration Ecology
  • Maximiliano Gonzalez – Resource Conservation & Restoration Ecology
  • Claire Grogan – Human Dimensions of the Environment
  • Xiaoxi Guo – Resource Conservation & Restoration Ecology
  • Clint Gwaltney – Fish and Wildlife Conservation
  • Hannah Hedinger – Fish and Wildlife Conservation
  • Jai Hillard – Resource Conservation & Restoration Ecology
  • Elizabeth Holley – Human Dimensions of the Environment
  • Sabrina Kelch – Resource Conservation & Restoration Ecology
  • Catherine Kemp – Human Dimensions of the Environment
  • Brian Kolasa – Human Dimensions of the Environment
  • Rachel Lauter – Human Dimensions of the Environment
  • Kevin Letterly – Human Dimensions of the Environment
  • Alex Lourash – Fish and Wildlife Conservation
  • Jessica Miller – Human Dimensions of the Environment
  • William Nixon – Fish and Wildlife Conservation
  • Dustin Olinger – Fish and Wildlife Conservation
  • Megan O’Loughlin – Human Dimensions of the Environment
  • Craig Olsen – Human Dimensions of the Environment
  • Marinna Perez – NRES
  • Abigail Petersen – Resource Conservation & Restoration Ecology
  • Krista Peterson – Fish and Wildlife Conservation
  • Arnoldas Ramonas – Human Dimensions of the Environment
  • Katherine Rola – Fish and Wildlife Conservation
  • Skylar Smith – Resource Conservation & Restoration Ecology
  • Marc Christian Solano – Fish and Wildlife Conservation
  • Lewin Sully – Resource Conservation & Restoration Ecology
  • Samuel Thomas – Global Change & Landscape Dynamics
  • Jennifer Wick – Human Dimensions of the Environment
  • Jordan Williams – Human Dimensions of the Environment
  • Collin Wilson – Fish and Wildlife Conservation
  • Brianna Winkel – NRES
  • Zian Yang – Human Dimensions of the Environment
  • Tianyu Ying – Global Change & Landscape Dynamics
  • Hao Yu – Human Dimensions of the Environment

Graduate:

  • Morey Bell – MS: Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • Scott Chiavacci: PHD: Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • Christin Crutchfield: MS: Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • Ann Devine: MS: Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • Connor England: MS: Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • Christopher French: MS: Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • Sara Goehl: MS: Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • Kelly Hannan: MS: Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • Natalie Johnson: MS: Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • Amy Keigher: MS: Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • Brian Lenell: MS: Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • Miriam Molina: MS: Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • Cody Rhoden: MS: Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • Jason Ross: MS: Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • Austin Rundus: MS: Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • Eric Swenson: MS: Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • Danielle Thayer: MS: Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • John Tix: MS: Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • Jennifer Turner: MS: Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • Matthew Walker: MS: Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • John Weedon: MS: Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • Yushu Xia: MS: Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

News Source:

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, 217-333-2770

Plan to attend U of I Agronomy Day 2016 in its new location

Published April 19, 2016
corn

URBANA, Ill. – Mark your calendars for an opportunity to explore the latest research in crop sciences during the 59th annual Agronomy Day at the University of Illinois on August 18.

"Agronomic research has been conducted at the University of Illinois since the university’s earliest days," says Bob Dunker, agronomist and former superintendent of the Crop Sciences Research and Education Center and chairperson for Agronomy Day. “The first Agronomy Day held in 1957 had the same objective as the one you will attend this year—to communicate research results that benefit the agriculture community, which in turn helps feed our growing population across the globe.”

Importantly, Agronomy Day will be held in a new location this year. The Crop Sciences Research and Education Center South First Street Facility, located at 4202 South 1st Street in Savoy, will provide more parking, space for laboratory tours, shorter tour walking distances, and less traffic from campus. Directions to the new facility appear on the Agronomy Day website.

Nearly 1,000 visitors are expected to attend Agronomy Day. Researchers will discuss a variety of topics from soil fertility to insect management, crop production, weed control, corn and soybean genetics, plant diseases, farm economics, and agricultural engineering.

Field tours depart at 7 a.m. from the main tent at the new location, making stops at research plots continuously until 2 p.m. Lunch is available for a nominal charge. The exhibition tent will feature exhibits by ACES programs, commercial vendors, research posters, and student clubs.

More information and registration can be found at http://agronomyday.cropsci.illinois.edu/ or by contacting Sue Overmyer at 217-300-3702 or overmyer@illinois.edu.

News Source:

Bob Dunker, 217-244-5444

Is fall-applied nitrogen still present?

Published April 19, 2016
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URBANA, Ill. – The pattern of warmer- and wetter-than-usual weather this past winter has changed in recent months, but hopes for a warm, dry, early spring have faded. Corn growers are concerned about the amount of fall-applied nitrogen that might have been lost through the winter and how this might change nitrogen management this spring.

“Most Illinois producers waited until soil temperatures had dropped to 50 degrees or below before applying anhydrous ammonia last fall, but soil temperatures didn’t stay down as much as usual. We also got enough rainfall in December to cause concerns about whether nitrogen is still in the soil,” says University of Illinois crop scientist Emerson Nafziger.

Nafziger and Dan Schaefer of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association sampled soil around the state in winter and early spring to measure the amount of nitrogen that has disappeared from the top two feet of soil as a result of the winter conditions.

A sample of eight fields in Vermilion County showed little change in soil nitrogen between December and February, though there was some loss of nitrate between the January and February samples. The percentage of recovered nitrogen that was in the ammonium form—the form that is safe from immediate loss due to binding with negative charges in the soil—actually went up.

Nafziger also sampled fields in Urbana and Monmouth and found a considerable drop in soil nitrogen between early January and late February in both locations. Using N-Serve® made little difference in the amount of nitrogen recovered or in the percentage of recovered nitrogen that was still in the ammonium form.

N-Serve®, a Dow nitrogen stabilizing product applied with ammonia in the fall, was applied in two neighboring fields in Champaign county. In January, 70 percent of the recovered nitrogen in the field with N-Serve was in the form of ammonium, compared to 53 percent ammonium in the field without N-Serve. By mid-March, 73 percent of the recovered nitrogen in the field with N-Serve was ammonium, compared with only 39 percent in the field without N-Serve.

“We need to be cautious because this is from only a few samples, but in this case it looks like nitrapyrin (the active ingredient in N-Serve) did what it is supposed to do: keep ammonium from converting to nitrate, thereby reducing the amount of nitrogen subject to loss. Whether or not that will make a difference in how much nitrogen is available to the corn crop depends entirely on what sort of weather, soil, and crop conditions we have up to the time nitrogen uptake starts,” Nafziger explains.

Overall, results were mixed across the sites and sampling times, ranging from disappearance of more than half of the nitrogen from the top two feet of soil to only small changes. The percentages of soil nitrogen present as ammonium were lower than expected, which could mean considerable potential for loss if wet weather returns.

“We have little previous experience looking at soil nitrogen from fall to spring, so there’s no reason to panic at this point, or to order more fertilizer to replace what might have disappeared,” Nafziger cautions. “Our best strategy now is to assume that most of the nitrogen we applied last fall is still in the soil, to get the crop planted as conditions allow, and to both monitor the crop and stay tuned as we continue to monitor soil nitrogen up to the time that the crop is taking up nitrogen rapidly.”

Nafziger adds that if warm and dry weather returns, there will be little N loss in the coming months If the opposite happens, producers would still have time to manage nitrogen for good yields while minimizing further loss.

This work was partially funded by the Nutrient Research and Education Council. For more details and data, read the full article at: http://bulletin.ipm.illinois.edu/?p=3554.

Soybean Innovation Lab releases promotional video

Published April 18, 2016

The Soybean Innovation Lab (SIL) is building a foundation for soybean production in Africa by developing the knowledge, innovation, and technologies to enable successful soybean production. SIL's network spans 80 locations, 21 countries, and six continents.

Click the arrow to watch the new video about SIL.

To learn more, visit: http://soybeaninnovationlab.illinois.edu.

 

Implications of corn and soybean planting progress

Published April 18, 2016

URBANA, Ill. – Each spring the corn and soybean markets react to the pace of planting, reflecting expectations that an unusually fast or slow pace of planting may affect acreage decisions and/or yields. According to a University of Illinois agricultural economist, recent and current large rainfall totals in the Delta and Plains states and forecasts for a stormier pattern in the Corn Belt have triggered the annual discussion of the production implications of corn and soybean planting progress.

“The definition of what constitutes early or late planting varies by geographic region and has likely changed over time,” says Darrel Good. “Characterizing planting progress on a national basis, then, is somewhat complicated.”

Referring to the topic previously argued in Marketing & Outlook Briefs (June 2009  and July 2009), Good points out that for the period from 1986 forward, planting in the major producing states that occurs after May 20 for corn and after May 30 for soybeans should be considered late in terms of the potential impact on national average yields.

“Using our definition, the portion of the crops planted late over the past 30 years ranged from 4 percent (2012) to 47 percent (1995) for corn and 9 percent (2012) to 65 percent (1990) for soybeans. The historical record might provide some indication of the potential impact on acreage and yields in subsequent years of unusually small or large percentages of the crops that are planted late,” Good says. “For the 10 years since 1986 with the smallest and largest percentages of the crops planted late, we examine how the final estimate of planted acreage differed from intentions reported in the USDA’s March Prospective Plantings report and how the national average yield differed from the trend yield calculation for that year.”

Good notes that for corn, the 11 years when the smallest portion of the crop was planted late are considered because there is a tie for 10th place.

“Not surprisingly, deviations in planted acreage from intentions in years of extreme planting progress demonstrated a mixed pattern,” Good says.

In years when the smallest percentage of the crop was planted late, corn planted acreage exceeded intentions in eight years and was less than intentions in only three years. Deviations from planting intentions ranged from -1.9 million acres to 3.1 million acres and averaged 513,000 acres. In three of the eight years that corn acreage exceeded intentions, soybean acreage also exceeded intentions.

In the 10 years when the smallest percentage of the soybean crop was planted late, planted acreage exceeded intentions in five of the years and was less than intentions in five of the years. The deviation from intentions ranged from -2.4 million acres to 3.3 million acres and averaged 114,000 acres.

In the 10 years when the largest percentage of the corn acreage was planted late, planted acreage was less than intentions in eight years and exceeded intentions in two years. Deviations from planting intentions ranged from -3.8 million acres to 1.9 million acres and averaged 513,000 acres.

In the 10 years when the largest percentage of the soybean acreage was planted late, planted acreage was less than intentions in five years and exceeded intentions in five years. Deviations from planting intentions ranged from -1.6 million acres to 2.1 million acres and averaged 65,000 acres.

In years when the smallest percentage of the crops were planted late, the national average yield exceeded trend value in 7 of 11 years for corn and 7 of 10 years for soybeans. Yields ranged from 33.8 bushels below trend to 18 bushels above trend for corn and 6.6 bushels below trend to 5.4 bushels above trend for soybeans. Overall, average yields were 1.4 bushels below trend for corn and 0.6 bushels above trend for soybeans.

In years when the largest percentage of the crops were planted late, the national average yield fell below trend value in 6 of 10 years for corn and in 7 of 10 years for soybeans. Yields ranged from 21.6 bushels below trend to 12.9 bushels above trend for corn, and 3.0 bushels below trend to 0.8 bushels above trend for soybeans.  For the 10 years, the average yields were 2.4 bushels below trend for corn and 0.7 bushels below trend for soybeans.

According to Good, it is not yet known whether a relatively large or small percentage of the 2016 corn and soybean crops will be planted late. The USDA’s Crop Progress report indicated that 4 percent of the corn acreage had been planted as of April 10, equal to the previous five-year average pace.

“Producers still have more than a month to plant corn and six weeks to plant soybeans before planting would be considered late by our definition,” Good says. “The current concern is about the potential delay in corn planting. If planting becomes unusually late, the corn market will likely begin to reflect expectations for fewer acres than intended and a risk of the average yield falling below trend.

“Observations since 1986 suggest that there is a tendency for corn acreage to exceed intentions in years when a small percentage of the crop is planted late and for acreage to fall short of intentions when a large percentage of the crop is planted late,” Good concludes. “However, the large variation in the direction and magnitude of acreage deviations from intentions makes it difficult to form expectations for 2016. Deviations in planted acreage of soybeans from intentions have shown no clear pattern based on the lateness of planting. There has also been a tendency for the national average corn and soybean yields to fall below trend value in years when a large percentage of the crop was planted late. The variation in the direction and magnitude of deviation is an indication that the effect of planting date on yield is dominated by the yield impact of summer weather. Markets should be more focused on growing season weather prospects than on planting progress.”

 

 

ACES Funk Award recipients recognized

Published April 12, 2016
Aerial view of Mumford Hall

URBANA, Ill. -- Each spring the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) recognizes faculty, staff, and graduate students who have demonstrated outstanding achievements or exceptional service to the college. The recipients are honored at the annual Paul A. Funk Recognition Awards Banquet. This year, the banquet was held Monday, April 11, at Pear Tree Estate in rural Champaign, Ill.

The awards program was established in 1970 by the Paul A. Funk Foundation of Bloomington, Ill., as a memorial to the late Paul A. Funk, who attended the college as a member of the class of 1929 and devoted his life to agriculture.

The following is a list of this year’s award recipients:

PAUL A. FUNK RECOGNITION AWARD

    Karen Chapman-Novakofski, Food Science and Human Nutrition

    Fred Kolb, Crop Sciences

    Sandra Rodriguez-Zas, Animal Sciences

 

SPITZE LAND-GRANT PROFESSORIAL CAREER EXCELLENCE AWARD

    Rodney Johnson, Animal Sciences

 

FACULTY AWARD FOR GLOBAL IMPACT

    Mosbah Kushad, Crop Sciences

 

TEAM AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

    Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction and Science Assessment Team:

            Carla Blue, University of Illinois Extension

            Eliana Brown, University of Illinois Extension

            George Czapar, University of Illinois Extension

            Mark David, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

            Kaitlin Hollenbeck, University of Illinois Extension

            Corrie Layfield, University of Illinois Extension

            Greg McIsaac, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

            Lisa Merrifield, University of Illinois Extension

            Brian Miller, University of Illinois Extension

            Corey Mitchell, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

           Anjanette Riley, University of Illinois Extension

           Gary Schnitkey, Agricultural and Consumer Economics

 

FACULTY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING

    Senior - Amy Ando, Agricultural and Consumer Economics

    College - Anna Dilger, Animal Sciences

 

FACULTY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH

    Senior - Keith Cadwallader, Food Science and Human Nutrition

    College - Katherine Baylis, Agricultural and Consumer Economics

 

FACULTY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN EXTENSION

    Senior - Angela Wiley, Human Development and Family Studies

    College - Phil Cardoso, Animal Sciences

 

KARL E. GARDNER OUTSTANDING UNDERGRADUATE ADVISER AWARD

    Janeen Salak-Johnson, Animal Sciences

 

JOHN CLYDE AND HENRIETTA DOWNEY SPITLER TEACHING AWARD

    Robert Knox, Animal Sciences

 

TEACHING ASSOCIATE TEACHING AWARD

    Kari Keating, Agricultural Education

 

PROFESSIONAL STAFF AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

    Sustained Excellence—Advising, Teaching and Outreach

            Jan Brooks, Human Development and Family Studies

    Sustained Excellence—Research

            Pamela Utterback, Animal Sciences

    Sustained Excellence—Administrative/Management or Technical Contributions

             LeAnn Ormsby, ACES Information Technology and Communication Services

    Innovation and Creativity

             Jessa Barnard, Agricultural and Consumer Economics

 

MARCELLA M. NANCE STAFF AWARD

    Robert Chappell, ACES Academic Programs

 

STAFF AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

    Nikki Baker, Food Science and Human Nutrition

    Myra Sully, Animal Sciences

 

SERVICE RECOGNITION AWARD

    Lisa Ainsworth, Crop Sciences

 

GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH AWARD

    Ph.D. - Tzu-Wen Liu, Nutritional Sciences

    M.S. - Angie Daum, Food Science and Human Nutrition

 

LOUIS V. LOGEMAN GRADUATE STUDENT TEACHING AWARD

    Brad Daigneault, Animal Sciences

    Dina Izenstark, Human Development and Family Studies

 

ACES ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AWARD OF MERIT

    Donna R. Greene, B.S. ’75 Home Economics Education, Champaign, Ill.

    Dr. Robert J. Gustafson, B.S. ’71 Ag Engineering; M.S. ’72 Ag Engineering, Worthington, Ohio

    W. Scott McAdam, B.S. ’80 Horticulture, Lemont, Ill.

    James R. Shearl, M.S. ’76 Extension Education, Loda, Ill.

 

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