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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.

University of Illinois Ag Economists develop eTools to help producers make 2014-2018 crop insurance program decisions

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Mr. Tom Vilsack released key information on the USDA website today regarding the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage crop insurance programs in the 2014 Farm Bill. Among the new information is a group of eTools that can help corn and soybean produ...

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Figure. Table 8.6 from Illinois Agronomy Handbook Chapter 8: Managing Soil pH and Crop Nutrients (2009).

Reminder: Grain samples needed to revise nutrient removal values

Note: click on photo to enlarge or see caption. A University of Illinois project funded by the Nutrient Research and Education Council through fertilizer check-off funds is looking to update grain removal rates of N, P and K. This project, undertaken by state Cropping Systems Agronomy Specialist Emerson Nafziger,...

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Figure. A picture of root lodging due to a combination of rootworm pruning damage, saturated soils and wind. See me in the background below the arrow for perspective.
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Wind + saturate soils = lodging: Will lodging affect grain dry-down and harvest?

At various locations throughout the state, the Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) collects wind speed measurements using an instrument called an ultrasonic anemometer. This device measures the speed of airflow every 10 seconds. The ISWS collects the average wind speed for each hour of the day. They also note...

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