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Angie Peltier

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. US Drought Monitor map released July 26th, 2012. Drought designations depend upon color: brick red = exceptional drought, D4; red = extreme drought, D3; orange = severe drought, D2; tan = moderate drought, D1.

Federal and State Programs to Help Livestock and Crop Producers

State and Federal Government Agencies have taken action to help alleviate some of the drought-related hardships that livestock and grain producers are experiencing. These include disaster recovery loans offered by the state of Illinois' Treasurers Office, the USDA Farm Services Agency (FSA) releasing certain conservation reserve program lands for emergency haying and grazing, and the USDA FSA Emer...

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Figure. If your corn looks like this, or if you suspect that you will sustain yield loss due to the drought, contact your insurance agent as soon as possible.

Crop Insurance Considerations

With the hot, dry weather that we have been experiencing in Western Illinois, and the lack of rain in the foreseeable forecast, crop insurance is likely on everyone's mind. If you don't have it, you likely wish you did, and if you do have it, you are likely wondering whether conditions will get bad enough that you will need to use it. On a trip last Thursday to Brownstown, IL, at the no...

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Figure. Brian Mansfield discussing planting with a colleague. Brian begins as the NWIARDC Research Agronomist on August 16, 2012.

NWIARDC Research Agronomist to begin August 16, 2012

Posted by Angie Peltier -

Since Dr. Eric Adee's departure in July 2011, the NWIARDC has been down to one full time employee, Mr. Marty Johnson. Marty Johnson has single-handedly kept the Center operational, tilling, harvesting, spraying, fertilizing, planting, etc., etc., etc., since Eric's departure. We are pleased to announce that Marty will be able to sleep a little more easily in the near future! Why? The U...

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Figure. Attendees find some shade while listening to Dr. Emerson Nafziger talk about getting high soybean yields at the NWIARDC 2012 Field Day.
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31st Annual NWIARDC Field Day a success

The drought conditions were on people's minds Wednesday at the 31st annual NWIARDC Field Day. Local farmers and I were interviewed about the drought by WQAD, Channel 8's Reporter Mr. John David for the evening news . All told, 87 people toured the Research Center and listened to presentations about a...

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Figure. Check out the new Illinois Drought Resources Website:

Drought Resources

Today, July 16th, 2012, we are in a much different state of mind than in late April and early May when everyone was thinking about how the record-early planting progress may affect yields. The crops at the NWIARDC have fared better than other parts of the state, however unless we get a rain this week, the hot, dry weather in the forecast will lik...

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Figure. Drought damaged alfalfa in Southwestern Wisconsin, July 7, 2012.
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Nation- state- and region-wide crop conditions

Nation-wide crop conditions Corn. The July 9 th USDA Crop Progress Report summarized crop conditions for corn and soybean in 18 states throughout the continental US. For corn, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana are in the worst shape, with 72, 6...

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June 2012 Weather Summary

Posted by Angie Peltier - Weather

June weather June weather data from the NWIARDC is summarized here ( Table ). Like every other month in 2012, June had below normal precipitation, with 0.62 fewer inches than the monthly average of 4.49 inches. The total departure from normal for the year as of the end of June is 5.18 inches. The extremely high temperatures of the past several wee...

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Figure. Hybrid susceptibility to gray leaf spot influences yield response to foliar fungicide application (Data courtesy of Dr. Carl Bradley, U of I).
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Foliar fungicides: to spray or not to spray

Posted by Angie Peltier - Disease

As we near tasseling, the question of whether to spray foliar fungicides on corn becomes a hot topic. Recommendations are based on your particular operation and take in to account several factors: 1) Do you have symptoms of foliar fungal disease? 2) What is the level of susceptibility in your hybrid?, 3) Do you have a history of foliar fungal disease in your field?, 4) Did you plant cor...

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