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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.

Soil & Water Management Seminar to be held February 26th

The University of Illinois Extension will be offering a Soil & Water Management Seminar on February 26, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This program is geared toward Certified Crop Advisors, farmers and other agricultural professionals and will be held at both the Knox County Extension Office and in the 4-H Auditorium at the McDonough County Fair Grounds....

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There's still time to register for 10th Annual Crop Management Conference

University of Illinois Extension is hosting the 10 th annual Illinois Crop Management Conferences in January and February. Each conference is a two-day, in-depth program providing university research-based information on current crop production issues. The conference is geared toward farmers, Certified Crop Advisors, and other agriculture professionals and will address many 'hot topi...

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Women in Agriculture Conference

Registration is now open for the 2014 Women in Agriculture Conference on March 21 in Rock Island, IL. University of Illinois Extension co-sponsors this event which focuses on bringing useful information to women that farm. Along with a general session, conference attendees select among breakout sessions with topics that are of most interest to them: How Profitable is Y...

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Figure. Daikon radish (6 lb/A) and annual ryegrass (8 lb/A) were aerially seeded into standing corn in a farm field near Altona in Knox County, IL on Sept. 13, 2013. This picture was taken 7 weeks after seeding. 
8 lb annual ryegrass/A
Seeded: 9/13/2013
7 weeks after planting

Cover Crops: U of I Research Project and Upcoming NRCS Webinar

Why the recent interest in cover crops? During the past several years, there has been a growing buzz about cover crops. Whether this was because producers were interested in experimenting with ways to reduce soil and nutrient loss, they were able to shoulder more risk(s) because of higher commodity prices, or state and federal conservation agencies were pushing cover crop use a...

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Figure. Departure of total monthly precipitation  (in inches) from the 30-year average.
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Just how cold was it?: December 2013 Weather Summary

Posted by Angie Peltier - Weather

Historical weather data. The cold weather in December piqued my interest in determining just how the monthly average temperature fit among historical temperatures. Through contacts at the Midwest Regional Climate Center, the City of Monmouth and the Monmouth Waste Water Treatment Facility, I found that temperature and precipitation data has been collected on a daily bas...

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Figure. Breeding nursery where Sarah Potts created all of her testcross hybrids in 2011.  Controlled pollinations were made by collecting corn pollen in paper bags placed on the tassels and then placing the pollen-filled bags onto silks. An estimated 80,000 hand pollinations took place in this field (Photo: Sarah Potts).
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Corn breeders bring their high density corn research to Monmouth

In 2013, the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center (NWIARDC) was one field location for a research study in which graduate student Sarah Potts (under the direction of Dr. Martin Bohn, University of Illinois Associate Professor in Quantitative Genetics and Plant Breeding, and Dr. Rita Mumm, University of Illinois Professor Emeritus in Quantitative Genetics and Plant B...

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