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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.
Conservation

Registration now open for the 2017 Regional Crop Management Conferences

Registration is open for the 2017 Crop Management Conferences. These regional conferences provide a forum for discussion and interaction between participants and university researchers and are designed to address a wide array of topics pertinent to crop production in Illinois: crop management, pest management, nutrient management, soil and water management. Certified Crop Advisers can e...

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Grant Program for Farmers and Ranchers Interested in Increasing Sustainability

From soil erosion to compaction to weed management struggles, farmers know best what is may be limiting crop production or long-term sustainability in the fields that they farm. However during this period of razor-thin margins farmers may be unwilling or unable to fit the costs of experimenting with new conservation practices into their balance sheets. If you are a farmer that has an in...

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Figure. Screen shot from a webinar housed on the USDA Science and Technology Training Library. There is a statement under credits (red box) that indicated whether the webinar is geared toward CCAs.

Upcoming and archived conservation webinars offer learning (and CEU) opportunities

Farmers are interested in research-based information about resource conservation and certified crop advisors (CCAs) are continually in search of opportunities to earn continuing education units (CEUs) to maintain their certification. Every two years a CCA must earn 40 CEUs. At least 20 of these CEUS must be from sources that have obtained pre-approval and have been assigned an official tracking...

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1 to 3 PM on Feb 11 - Live Resilient Corn Production Webinar - **CEU Opportunity**

A webinar will be held live, from 1 to 3 pm on Thursday, February 11. See the results of a five-year, multi-state research project focused on farm management practices and their potential for making corn-based agriculture more resilient. The practices provide resiliency in times of drought, reduce soil and nutrient losses under saturated soil conditions, decrease farm field nitrogen...

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Figure. The area of the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico varies each year, but has been larger than the ecological limit of 1,991 square miles set by an agreement between representatives from the federal government and 12 states that border the Mississippi River in 27 of the past 30 years. Data source: Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium.

The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy – Draft Available for Public Comment

Public comment period: open until January 24, 2015. On November 25, 2014 the Illinois's Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) and Department of Agriculture (IDOA) jointly released a draft Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (INLRS) for public comment. All comments must be either emailed to...

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Exciting Program Planned for the 2015 Regional Crop Management Conferences!

Registration is now open for the 2015 Regional Crop Management Conferences. These 2-day conferences provide a forum for discussion and interaction between participants and university researchers and are designed to address a wide array of topics pertinent to crop production in Illinois: crop management, pest management, nutrient management, soil and water management. Certified Crop Advi...

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Figure. Frequency of the fall week in which 4 inch soil temperatures remain at or below 50 degrees F (Monmouth, IL: 1989-2013).
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Conserving fall applied N: When have daily soil temperatures fallen to and stayed below 50 degrees?

As farmers wind up harvest in Western Illinois, focus turns to other fall field work such as tillage,  applying herbicides and/or anhydrous ammonia applications. With crop budgets projected to be running in the red for the foreseeable future, producers will be looking for any way to shave production costs, whether it be by ...

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Locations and dates set for 2014 Illinois Agrichemical Container Recycling Program

In cooperation with the Agriculture Container Recycling Council, GROWMARK, Inc., the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, Container Services Network, Illinois Farm Bureau, and University of Illinois Extension, the Illinois Department of Agriculture has set the dates for the 2014 plastic pesticide container-recycling program. Although there are three permanent collection sites i...

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Soil & Water Management Seminar to be held February 26th

The University of Illinois Extension will be offering a Soil & Water Management Seminar on February 26, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This program is geared toward Certified Crop Advisors, farmers and other agricultural professionals and will be held at both the Knox County Extension Office and in the 4-H Auditorium at the McDonough County Fair Grounds....

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Women in Agriculture Conference

Registration is now open for the 2014 Women in Agriculture Conference on March 21 in Rock Island, IL. University of Illinois Extension co-sponsors this event which focuses on bringing useful information to women that farm. Along with a general session, conference attendees select among breakout sessions with topics that are of most interest to them: How Profitable is Y...

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Figure. Field sites involved in the USDA-NIFA Climate and Corn-Based Cropping Systems CAP project.

Corn-based Cropping Systems Project - Fact Sheets

Research and Extension personnel at the University of Illinois are now part of a USDA – National Institutes of Food and Agriculture Project called Cropping Systems Coordinated Agricultural Project (CSCAP): Climate Change, Mitigation, and Adaptation in Corn-based Cropping Systems. Dr. Emerson Nafziger's long-term extended rota...

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Winter Extension Programs

Researchers from the University of Illinois are poised to deliver timely research-based recommendations through conferences scheduled in several locations around the state of Illinois this winter. 2012 Farm Economics Summit - December 10 - 14, 2012 - Five locations The team of agricultural economists that brings you online economic information on...

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Figure. Crop rotation/tillage study started at the NWIARDC in 1996.

What is small plot research?

At the University of Illinois Research Centers we do small-plot research. This isn't research that takes place in the highly controlled environment of a laboratory or a test tube, but outdoors. A farm field is a diverse environment, with many abiotic factors (rocks and other inorganic soil components, soil nutrients, residual pesticides, temperature, humidity, wind, precipitation, etc.) and biotic...

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Figure. How to take soil samples with a soil probe, an
auger, and a spade (Source: Figure 8.1 in the 2009 Illinois Agronomy Handbook).

Wondering how much N will be left in your soils come spring?

Be a part of the 2012-2013 Illinois Soil Nitrogen Monitoring Project and find out! To help fine-tune or reduce spring 2013 nitrogen applications in areas with residual nitrogen remaining from the 2012 growing year, N concentrations will be quantified from soil sampled from around the state this Fall and next Spring. This monitoring project has been initiated by the University of Illinoi...

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Figure. Field sites involved in the USDA-NIFA Climate and Corn-Based Cropping Systems CAP project.

Seeking farmer-cooperators

The physical location of the University of Illinois Research Centers were not just selected by throwing darts at a map, but serve to efficiently represent each of the larger soil and climate types in the state. These centers are a world-class resource for applied agricultural research and have provided a wealth of unbiased, research-based recommendations. University researchers have also worke...

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Figure. Terry Davis, a farmer and no-till proponent, speaks with a reporter from German Public Radio in his machine shed about no-till agriculture.
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The world is watching Illinois!

Last week Thursday (August 23 rd ), two reporters from German Public Radio (Deutschlandradio), similar to our National Public Radio, came to Warren County. They interviewed me, Mark Phillipson from the USDA Farm Services Agency, Rick Winbigler from the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District, and Terry Davis, a farmer and no-till proponent from Roseville. The reporters had...

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