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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. October soil temperatures at the NWIARDC; temperatures are recorded (in F) at a depth of 4 inches in bare soil.
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Fall N fertilization: soil temperature and nitrogen retention

Now that harvest is complete for most people, field activities turn to fall tillage and fertilization. Why the Nitrogen Cycle matters. The nitrogen cycle is a complex set of processes in which nitrogen (N) is converted among gas, inorganic and organic forms ( Figure ). Many of these processes are mediated by living organisms (bacteria and plants), and so...

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Figure. 2011 fall tillage operations have exposed soil in a corn field at the NWIARDC.
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Crop rotation, tillage and yields

In 1996, the NWIARDC established a long-term crop rotation and tillage study ( Figure ). Crop rotations included various combinations of corn, soybean and wheat including: continuous corn, continuous soybean, corn/soybean, soybean-wheat-corn, and wheat-soybean-corn. Large rotation plots are split into different tillage treatments: fall tillage and no-tillage ( Figure...

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Figure. Dean Hauser and new College of ACES faculty members comparing commercial and plot-scale harvest equipment.

NWIARDC personnel host new faculty tour

Posted by Angie Peltier -

The University of Illinois' College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences has very a large umbrella, covering many areas of research and education including: agricultural and biological engineering, agriculture and consumer economics, animal science, crop sciences, food science and human nutrition, human and community development, natural resources and environmental sciences, nut...

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Figure. Register for the University of Illinois Department of Crop Sciences 2012 AGMasters and Corn & Soybean Classics Conferences.

Registration is open for the 2012 AGMasters and 2013 Corn and Soybean Classics Conferences

Field crops producers, certified crop advisors and other agricultural professionals: Mark your calendars for the AgMasters Conference in Champaign on November 26 th and 27 th . This two-day conference has a unique format with a single general session followed by 1 ½ days of break-out advanced classes. These break-out...

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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. New interactive map of county-specific information regarding the most common confirmed glyphosate-resistant weed species Source: ISA).

New county-specific map of glyphosate resistant weeds

Posted by Angie Peltier - Weeds

The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) recently released an interactive online map of the most common confirmed glyphosate-resistant weed species in each of the counties in Illinois. This map is the result of collaboration among the University of Illinois, Southern Illinois University and ISA. Scrolling over a particular coun...

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Figure. Brian Mansfield, NWIARDC Research Agronomist,  programming the combine computer to collect yield,  moisture, and test weight data.
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Combine comparisons

Posted by Angie Peltier - Equipment

At the NWIARDC, yield, grain moisture, and test weights are measured and data is recorded in a precise manner using well calibrated equipment on a small-plot combine. We use a plot-combine manufactured by Kincaid, a company out of Kansas. This plot combine is a smaller version of a full-sized combine but with...

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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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Red imported fire ants (Image: Scott Bauer, USDA Agricultural Research Service,

Moving baled hay from areas under quarantine for imported fire ant

Posted by Angie Peltier - Insects Hay

With 2012 drought in the Midwest, livestock producers may be looking to purchase baled hay from out of state. The U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has recently released an Industry Alert Press Release that reminds people about fire ants quarantine areas and associated laws. As of December 2011, there were 14 s...

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Figure 2. Map of predicted U.S. precipitation outlook for October through December 2012; areas shaded in green and labeled
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The 2012 fall forecast - replenishing and conserving soil moisture

As the 2012 growing season draws to a close, the topic that was on everyone's mind all season long - weather - continues to be an important and 'hot' topic. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center (NOAA-CPC) recently released their 3-month temperature and precipitation outlook for the period of October through December 31 st , 2012. Accor...

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Figure. Monthly and cumulative departure from normal precipitation (in inches) at the NWIARDC in 2012.
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September weather summary, soil conditions and harvest progress

SEPTEMBER 2012 TEMPERATURES Soil Temperature Air Temp 4" (Bare) 4" (Sod) (°F) -------------------(°F...

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