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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. 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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Figure. Marty Johnson (L) and Brian Mansfield (R)counting kernels at the NWIARDC.
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Planting date and corn yield

In my commute back and forth to the office along Highway 164 this spring, I was able to see when people's corn and then soybean crops began emerging from the soil. Many people were able to take advantage of this spring's warm temperatures and dry soil conditions to get into their fields earlier than in years past. Others waited a little bit longer to plant. Watching the corn crop develo...

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Figure. The EDEN  (Extension Disaster Education Network) website has a web-based fact sheet about the West Nile Virus.

West Nile Virus Confirmed in Henderson County

Posted by Angie Peltier - Insects

Office talk this morning centered around the recent report in the Monmouth Review Atlas about mosquitoes in Henderson County (Oquawka) testing positive for the West Nile Virus. The Monmouth Review Atlas article and the Extension Disaster Education Network West Nile V...

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Figure. Plants suffering from Anthracnose stalk rot can sometimes have external symptoms: black, shiny, discolored rind tissue.
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Stalks are beginning to rot

Posted by Angie Peltier - Disease

Stalk rots increase lodging potential, which can decrease harvest-able yield, literally leaving much of your yield on the ground. Corn plants are top-heavy and stalk rots increase the chances that plants will fall over (lodge) due to either gravity or wind and weather events. Many of the fungi that cause common stalk rots in Illinois survive in corn residue. Agricultural practices such as conti...

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Weather summary

Posted by Angie Peltier - Weather

Precipitation I hate to state the obvious, but it has a dry, very dry, summer. As of the end of July, at the NWIARDC we had gotten a little bit less than half of the normal precipitation for the year. In an average year, by July 31 st , we would have gotten more than 22 inches. In 2012 this total was only 11.7 inches, 11.2 inches below normal ( Table...

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Figure. Stippling (small yellow or white spots) caused by the two-spotted spider mite on soybean.
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Two-spotted spider mites abundant in Western Illinois soybean fields

At a recent farm visit right outside of Alexis, soybean producers and I scouted a field for the two-spotted spider mite. The infestation in this field was wide-spread and had likely reached threshold days or weeks prior. Two-spotted spider mites are very small, eight-legged, spider-like soybean pests. Spider mites can attack soybeans between May and September and can result in irreversi...

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