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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.
Figure. Corn planting progress in the Western Illinois crop reporting district in late May (1996-2013) (Data source: USDA-NASS).
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Late May Planting Progress in Western Illinois - 1996 through 2013

What a difference a year can make! Last year at this time, according to the USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS), in the Western Illinois Crop Reporting District (CRD) corn plants were 14 inches tall and 89 percent of soybeans had emerged! USDA-NASS released their "Illinois Weather and Crops" report on...

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Figure. Corn planting progress in Illinois as of May 19 in 2004 through 2013 (Source: USDA-NASS).
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Planting progress - Midwestern, Illinois and Regional - May 19, 2013

The USDA-National Agricultural Statistic Service released the Illinois Crop Progress & Condition Report for the week ending May 19 th . At the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center (NWIARDC) j...

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Private well class

Private Well Water Classes

Watching the radar Monday night and listening to the National Weather Service severe thunderstorm warnings and tornado watches being issued – more than 2 inches of rain was forecasted to fall in less than 1 hour in the Illinois River valley! – got me thinking again about the safety of private well water. Steve Wilson, a groundwater hydrologist for the Illinois State Water Su...

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Figure. Black cutworm. Note the small, black dagger-shaped marking on each outer wing.
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Black cutworms likely to begin cutting soon

Some insects such as the western corn rootworm, soybean aphid, bean leaf beetle and corn flea beetle overwinter in Illinois, while others such as black cutworms, army worms and corn earworms migrate into the state from more southerly regions. Each year, many members of the University of Illinois Extension field staff work with the Illinois Natural...

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Figure. Progress of corn planting in Illinois, 2003-2013 (Source: USDA-NASS).
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Statewide and NWIARDC Planting Progress - May 16, 2013

According to the USDA-NASS , state-wide, Illinois corn planting has progressed since last week, but is still slower than any other of the past 9 years except 2009 ( Figure ). Compared to all of the neighboring states, some of which h...

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Figure. State-wide corn planting progress as of May 6th, 2013. (Source: USDA-NASS).

Rain, rain, go away

Another week brings more rain to western Illinois. It almost seems as if 2012 happened in an alternate universe. The USDA-NASS's most recent Illinois crop condition and weather report revealed that corn planting has not progressed muc...

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Figure. Brian Mansfield cleaning out planter boxes to plant a different hybrid.
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April 2013 Weather Summary and Planting Progress

APRIL 2013 WEATHER Soil Temperature Air Temp Growing degree units 4" (Bare) 4" (Sod) (°F)...

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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.

Speakers set for 32nd annual NWIARDC Field Day!

The program has been set for the 2013 University of Illinois' Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center (NWIARDC) field day! The 32nd annual field day will begin at 8 am on Wednesday, July 17th at the NWIARDC, which is located 1 mile North and 4 miles West of Monmouth at 210th Avenue. Buses will carry members of the public to different stops in the research cen...

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Figure. Tall fescue pasture (image: John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org).

2013 Illinois Forage Expo

Mr. Dale Baird recently wrote the following press release about the upcoming Illinois Forage Expo: "The 2013 Illinois Forage Expo will be held on Tuesday July 16 hosted by Adam Schroeder, Coal Valley, Illinois. The event will be held on Niabi Zoo Road, just east of the Zoo in Rock Island County. The Expo will start at 9:00 am and conclude at 3:00 pm. The Forage Expo will include fie...

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