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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.
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Upcoming Program - 2013: A Research Year in Review

Have you always wondered what happened at the University of Illinois' Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center just outside of Monmouth on 210 th Avenue? To find out, join us at the Monmouth Country Club (1451 E. 3rd Avenue) at 1 p.m. on March 11 th for 2013: A Research Year in Review . We will be...

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Cover crops webinar series - CCA CEU opportunity

The American Society of Agronomy will be hosting a Cover Crops webinar series on Thursdays in March. Each webinar is free and open to the public. Because this series is sponsored by 13 different public and private organizations, continuing education units will also be available to registered Certified Crop Advisor participants free of charge. The webinars will be available live...

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Figure. Historical (1984-2012) and forecast (2013-2014) average U.S. corn prices (Source: USDA-NASS).
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Weathering the storm: Net farm incomes projected to decline by more than 26 percent in 2014

According to the USDA, net farm income is expected to decline by 26.6 percent in 2014. This will put net income at its lowest level since 2010. Given these projections, farm operators will be looking for ways to trim expenses in the coming year(s). Five-part series: Controlling Costs with Lower Crop Revenues. With this in mind, University of Illinois Agricultura...

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Figure. Japanese beetle; notice the iridescent metallic green head, the copper colored wings and the white tufts of hair along the sides and posterior. The tufts of hair or setae help in distinguishing the Japanese beetle from look alikes.
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Will the cold weather decrease Japanese beetle survival?

Japanese beetles were a topic of conversation throughout West-Central Illinois last summer for many people: homeowners concerned about their ornamental plants, farmers and home g...

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Figure. Map of predicted U.S. temperature outlook for February 2014; areas shaded in orange and labeled
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January 2014 weather summary and February 2014 climate outlook

Posted by Angie Peltier - Weather

Temperatures NWIARDC - Monmouth. Average high and low air temperatures for the month of January were well below the 30-year average ( Table ). The average high temperature was 8 degrees below average and the average low temperature was 11 degrees below average. When an arctic vortex brought arctic air to the Midwest, Mo...

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