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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. Soybean plant development in a planting date trial (June 26, 2014).
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Corn and Soybean Development: Planting Date

University of Illinois Planting Date Trials. Along with numerous other biotic and abiotic factors, environmental conditions such as soil water availability and air temperature drive the growth and development of field crops. Each year, under the direction of Dr. Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois Research Center staff establish and maintain corn and soybean planting date...

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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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Japanese beetles survived the winter, now what?

Posted by Angie Peltier - Insects

Strategy for Japanese beetle traps: Detection then removal. Late each May, I place a red insecticide strip and a pheromone lure into a specially designed Japanese beetle trap that resembles a colorful torpedo or bomb ( Figure ). The lure works to attract Japanese beetles two different ways, one portion holds a female sex pheromone that attracts males looking to m...

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2014 NWIARDC Field Day to Highlight Hot Topics in Agriculture

The program is set for the 33 rd annual University of Illinois' Northwestern Agricultural Research Center Field Day. The program will begin at 8 am on Tuesday, July 15 th . Buses will carry members of the public to different stops in the research center where campus-based specialists or Extension personnel will present the results of crop and pest management research...

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Locations and dates set for 2014 Illinois Agrichemical Container Recycling Program

In cooperation with the Agriculture Container Recycling Council, GROWMARK, Inc., the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, Container Services Network, Illinois Farm Bureau, and University of Illinois Extension, the Illinois Department of Agriculture has set the dates for the 2014 plastic pesticide container-recycling program. Although there are three permanent collection sites i...

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Figure. Number of weed species resistant to two or more herbicide modes of action (Courtesy of Dr. Ian Heap

We ignore biology at our peril

When so many of the factors that influence crop production are out of one's control, it is difficult to overcome the urge to continuously use pesticides and practices that have proved effective. But this is what one must do to in order to effectively manage pests and pathogens into the future. Although the weeds, insects and pathogens that we battle may outwardly appear to be identical,...

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Figure. A large portion of Western Illinois is abnormally dry (Source: National drought monitor, 5.27.14).
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Boy do we need rain: May weather summary

Posted by Angie Peltier - Weather

Temperature and precipitation data listed below were collected at the Monmouth weather station located a little more than 4 miles from the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center (NWIARDC), while soil temperature and moisture probes are located at the NWIARDC. Air temperature. The monthly average high and low temperatures hovered near averag...

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