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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. Corn plants grown under different tillage systems in 2012: left = chisel plow; right = no-tillage.
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Tillage, plant stress, and lodging

The Illinois Department of Agriculture Illinois Soil Conservation Transect Survey Summary Report was released a year ago this month. Illinois Soil and Water Conservation District and USDA National Resources Conservation Service personnel randomly surveyed fields for plant residue in ea...

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Figure. Saprophytic black mold covered my arm, clothing and face while rating corn plots.

Saprophytic molds on corn

Many people may have noticed the black clouds surrounding combines during the corn harvest this year. No, not a figurative but a literal black cloud. These black clouds are caused by harvest operations releasing mold spores from fungi that have colonized dead and dying corn tissues. These fungi are not corn pathogens, but organisms called saprophytes. Saprophytes grow on and derive nourishment...

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Figure. Annual ryegrass seed.
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Do you plan on planting a cover crop in 2012?

With 38 percent of the corn acreage in the Western Illinois crop reporting district harvested, there will be nothing but weeds growing on that land. Unless..... you are considering planting a cover crop. The Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC) is a coalition of people, public and private, working together to address soil, water, air, and agricultural quality concerns throughout eight Mid...

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Figure. Percent of corn harvested in Illinois as of September 16, 2012 (Source: USDA-NASS).
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Crop conditions and harvest progress

The most recent " Illinois Weather and Crops " report, released September 17 th , puts into words and figures statewide and regional crop maturity and harvest progress data. Corn. Statewide, 87% of corn has reached maturity, 35% mo...

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Average 2012 cash rent statistics released. What's in store for 2013?

Although producers may be focused on harvest activities, landlords are likely busy setting land rental prices for the 2013 growing year. The National Agricultural Statistics Service released average 2012 county cash rent statistics earlier this month. Dr. Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois Agricultural Economist, recently wrote an...

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Location-Specific Soybean Pricing Tool

The Illinois Soybean Association has used checkoff funds to develop a free tool to help soybean producers compare current cash and futures prices at the five closest grain elevators. This tool is available for use on your computer, web-enabled mobile phone, or smart phone and can be found at the following webpage:...

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Illinois Department of Transportation - Interstate Hay Hauling Policy

The Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider released a new policy allowing farmers to transport up to 12 foot-wide loads of hay on the interstate. This new, but temporary, policy is detailed...

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August 2012 Weather Summary

Posted by Angie Peltier - Weather

AUGUST 2012 WEATHER Soil Temperature Air Temp Growing degree units 4" (Bare) 4" (Sod) (°F)...

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Figure. Aspergillus ear mold is abundant in southern and central Illinois (photo - Robert Bellm).
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Watch for ear molds in late planted corn

Severe to extreme drought conditions throughout Illinois have stressed both corn producers and corn plants. Late planted corn at the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center in Monmouth has experienced many stresses this season - from heavy insect feeding which increases susceptibility to many ear rot diseases, to a wide range of weather conditions from severe drough...

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