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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. Comparing corn harvest progress  in Illinois to the surrounding four Midwestern states as of October 27, 2013 (Source: USDA/NASS).
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Corn and soybean harvest is complete at the NWIARDC

Posted by Angie Peltier - Harvest

Corn Harvest Progress According to the USDA – National Agricultural Statistics Service , Illinois corn harvest progress (estimated to be 74 percent complete) as of October 27 th has been slower in 2013 th...

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Figure. Accumulated precipitation between June 1 and September 30, 2013. Areas of Western Illinois accumulated only between 6 and 10 inches of rain during this 4 month period. (Source: Midwestern Regional Climate Center).

September 2013 Weather Summary

Posted by Angie Peltier - Weather

Like June, July, and August, the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center saw below average rainfall in September ( Table ). The prolonged dry weather combined with above average high and low temperatures (4 and 2 degrees above average, respectively) likely sped crop maturity. A map produced by the Midwest Regional Climate Center illustrates the dry w...

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The 2013 Growing Season and Federal Crop Insurance Revenue Protection Products

I recently spoke with Mr. Shane Kaiser, a Crop Insurance Specialist in Monmouth, IL. He and other insurance professionals facilitate the purchase of federal crop insurance products at the local level.  Mr. Kaiser noted an increased interest in federal crop insurance products after last year's harvest due to a combination of the 2012 drought and high grain prices. Crop producers can purc...

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Figure. Kincaid 8-XP small plot combine harvesting corn at the NWIARDC.

NWIARDC Fall Field Operations

Posted by Angie Peltier - Harvest

At the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center, Brian Mansfield and Marty Johnson have been hard at work harvesting corn and soybean research plots. The small plot combine that is used to harvest the grain from plots harvests two rows from each plot (on 30 inch rows). After collecting harvest...

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Figure. View from the cab while the small plot combine harvests corn at the NWIARDC.
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NWIARDC harvest progress

The University of Illinois Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center has been a busy place these past several weeks. Brian Mansfield, Center Superintendent and Research Agronomist, and Marty Johnson, Research Specialist, have harvested hundreds of corn and soybean research plots. The plot co...

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Figure. Palmer amaranth in a soybean field in Kankakee County, Illinois, 2013. The height of the plants can be compared to the mature corn in the background. (Photo credit: Dr. Aaron Hager).
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Keep a watchful eye out for Palmer amaranth during harvest

Posted by Angie Peltier - Weeds

Dr. Aaron Hager, Field Crops Weed Science Extension Specialist, recently shared some haunting pictures that he had taken of a soybean field in Kankakee County in Northeastern Illinois. Dr. Hager had received a call several weeks ago from a producer who noticed that very tall weeds had taken over the entrance of several of his soybean fields ( Figure ). The producer was unable to...

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Do you have a good idea? Submit it and North Central SARE may provide funding.

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Harvest began late last week at the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center just outside of Monmouth. Harvest time can yield more than grain. Spending time behind the dashboard harvesting corn or soybeans can give a person a lot of time to think. This time may be just the time to flesh out that idea that you've had in the back of your mind for a while....

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