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Emerging menace
   New variety of Palmer amaranth threatening crops in the Midwest

INNOVATION > THE OUTER LIMITS
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   Using microplasma technology to generate ozone

EDITOR'S NOTE
Heading toward harvest

BUSINESS BRIEFS
Labeling genetically engineered food

AG BUSINESS
Labeling genetically engineered food

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The gift that keeps on taking

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The power of choosing a retail electricity supplier

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Editor's Note

Heading toward harvest

As I’m writing this, the corn is taller than me, the soybeans are lush and green, and one of the hot topics for farmers this summer is drones. In July, farmers attended a two-day Precision Aerial Ag Show in Decatur to learn how they could scout their fields with drones, identifying problem areas where drainage needs improving or where pests or weeds are causing damage.

Another hot topic — one that is not quite so fun — is Palmer amaranth. The invasive weed has developed a resistance to herbicides. Weed experts are trying to raise awareness among farmers, saying this is a threat that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

The University of Illinois has developed recommendations for managing Palmer amaranth. Read in this issue what experts are recommending to farmers.

Also in this issue, a UI food scientist discusses his perspective on labeling food containing genetically modified ingredients. If you are interested in learning more about other hot topics in agriculture, check out the UI’s Agronomy Day on Aug. 14. Learn more at http://aces.illinois.edu/calendar/agronomy-day-2014.

Jodi Heckel is editor of Central Illinois Business magazine. She can be reached at 217-351-5695 or jheckel@news-gazette.com.