crops http://northernpublicradio.org en Not So Pesky Pests May Help Crops http://northernpublicradio.org/post/not-so-pesky-pests-may-help-crops <p>A new study shows bugs might not always be a bad thing for farmers. It’s possible some pests could ultimately do more good than harm to crops across the region by helping them pull through hardships like this year’s drought. Western Illinois University <a href="http://www.wiu.edu/cas/biological_sciences/faculty/musser.php" target="_blank">biologist Richard Musser</a> found the saliva of hornworms can turn on frost and drought resistant genes in plants. He says that could have big implications for the agricultural community.</p><p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 09:57:43 +0000 WNIJ 19673 at http://northernpublicradio.org Not So Pesky Pests May Help Crops Early Start for Harvesting in Illinois http://northernpublicradio.org/post/early-start-harvesting-illinois <p>The fall harvest is underway in Illinois for the corn and soybean crops.&nbsp; The harvest is earlier this year,&nbsp; due to the drought during key parts of this year's growing season.&nbsp; Yields are expected to be lower this year than in previous years. DeKalb County farmers are expected to bring in an average of 160 bushels of corn per acre. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 09:04:28 +0000 Jenna Dooley 19562 at http://northernpublicradio.org Early Start for Harvesting in Illinois