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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. Frequency of when last lethal frost occurred each spring in Monmouth, IL (1893-2013).
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A historical look at lethal soil temperatures

Each year as the first few warm spring days arrive, farmers begin gearing up to plant: checking over tractors and planters, arranging last-minute seed or input purchases, checking field conditions and checking the daily, short- and long-term weather forecasts for the region. According to University of Illinois Agricultural Economist Dr. Gary Schnitkey, on average seed is the second most...

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Figure. Front page of the 326 page Farm Bill or Agricultural Act of 2014.

Understanding the 2014 Farm Bill

The 2014 Farm Bill became federal law on February 7.  While employees at the federal United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Services Agency (FSA) office work out the policies and details of the programs, FSA and university Extension employees are working to translate the law into plain English. Commodity crop producers...

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Research Agronomist Brian Mansfield on Facebook

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Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center Superintendent and Research Agronomist, Brian Mansfield, recently started a Facebook page. He plans to use this page to post pictures and updates of the farm throughout the growing season. To access this page, visit the...

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Figure. Frost depth at the Davenport National Weather Service office, March 2014.

Rumors of 6 foot-deep frost

Posted by Angie Peltier - Weather

In my travels throughout the region, one person after another talks about how they heard that the soil had frozen more than 5 feet this winter. To find out how accurate these rumors were, I began speaking to people that may have more than rumors: DATA. As part of the Illinois State Water Survey's Illinois Climate Network, soil temperature measurements are collected by i...

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Setting Records: February 2014 Weather Summary

Historical weather data. The Monmouth weather station has been in operation since 1893, meaning that average temperature, precipitation and snowfall data have been collected for each of the last 122 Februarys. Temperature, snowfall and precipitation data listed below were collected at the Monmouth weather station located a little more than 4 miles from the Northwestern Illinois...

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