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Angie Peltier
Former Extension Educator, Commercial Agriculture



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Hill and Furrow

Current topics about crop production in Western Illinois, including field crops research at the NWIARDC in Monmouth.
Figure. Mesh pheromone trap used to trap European corn borers and corn earworm at the NWIARDC.
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Pheromone insect trapping

Posted by Angie Peltier - Insects

What are pheromones? What does your dog have in common with common insect pests? Pheromones. Pheromones are chemicals used in non-verbal communication among individuals of the same species. Pheromones can influence behavior or development. One type of pheromone, sex pheromones, is emitted by female insects to attract mates. How can we use pheromones?...

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Figure. Emergence problems in soybean (May 24, 2012).
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Scouting fields for seed and seedling disease

In my travels between Knox and Warren Counties on Hwy 164, I have noticed several fields with bare or sparsely populated areas of ground ( Figure ). These patches coincided with areas that pooled water and remained wet after the rains earlier in the month. Emergence problems and seedling disease can be caused by fungi ( Rhizoctonia, Fusarium ) or fungal-like organisms (...

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Figure. Western corn rootworm larvae (photo: Richard C. Edwards, Purdue University, bugwood.org)

Time to think about corn rootworms

Dr. Mike Gray, University of Illinois Entomologist, in a recent Bulletin article , pointed out that western corn rootworm (WCR) larvae are hatching earlier this spring than in the past 35 years, with an estimated hatch date of May 4-6 for centra...

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Figure. Percent wheat filled in Illinois for the week ending May 20, 2012 (USDA/NASS)
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Statewide soybean planting is 3 weeks ahead of 5-year average

The warm temperatures and favorable soil conditions have allowed planting to proceed at a faster pace this year than in years past. Yesterday the Illinois Department of Agriculture put out their crops report for the week ending May 20, 2012. Corn State-wide an estimate...

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Figure. Visit the University of Illinois Extension's Certified Crop Advisor website to enroll in online classes.

Online Certified Crop Advisor Training

Although you are likely swamped right now with the planting season in full swing, you may have a nagging feeling in the back of your mind. Did you miss some of the events this winter that might have offered some of the Continuing Education Units (CEUs) that you need? The University of Illinois Extension might have a solution for you in the...

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Figure. Oats nearing heading at the NWIARDC, May 18, 2012.
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Oats nearing heading

Posted by Angie Peltier - Oats

Acres of oats have been at their lowest in the US in 2010-2012 since the National Agricultural Statistics Service began keeping records in 1926. At the peak in 1954, oats were planted on 46.09 million acres. Acreage was the lowest in 2011 with 2.5 million acres planted. This year 2.9 million acres of oats were planted nationwide. In Illinois, 30,000 acres were planted in 2012. Yields on...

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Figure. State-wide corn planting progress on May 13, 2012 (USDA/NASS).
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Planting Progress - May 13

The Illinois Department of Agriculture released its agricultural progress summary for the week ending May 13. Corn State-wide, 95% of corn acres have been planted, with 76% having emerged ( Figure ). Planting progress...

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Figure. Stripe rust of wheat. Note the orange to yellow spores of the fungus erupting through the leaf tissue in long stripes  (Photo: Carl Bradley).

Stripe rust observed at the NWIARDC

Dr. Carl Bradley, University of Illinois Plant Pathologist, observed stripe rust in some of his research plots at the NWIARDC this week (May 9th).  Symptoms and signs of disease were observed primarily on the variety called Kaskaskia. He observed the symptoms on several flag leaves and leaves below the flag leaf had moderate severity. These symptoms indicate that the pathogen has reache...

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Figure. Percent of corn acreage planted in Illinois by May 6, 2012 (USDA-NASS).
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Illinois planting progress

Corn Planting progress statistics for the week ending May 6, 2012 have been compiled by the Illinois Department of Agriculture through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide, 89% of the corn ac...

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How 'normal' was April 2012 weather?

Posted by Angie Peltier - Weather

APRIL 2012 WEATHER Soil Temperature Air Temp 4" (Bare) 4" (Sod) (°F)...

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Figure. 2012 Black cutworm cutting dates (Kelly Estes).

Black cutworm cutting dates estimated

Posted by Angie Peltier - Insects

Kelly Estes, the State Survey Coordinator of the Illinois Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey, has estimated the 2012 Black cutworm cutting dates for the nine Illinois regions ( Figure ). Cutting dates, or the dates that larvae are likely to begin damaging corn, are estimated by determining the dates of peak moth flight in the area and degree day accumulation. The BCW cutting dates...

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