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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 the fall week in which 4 inch soil temperatures remain at or below 50 degrees F (Monmouth, IL: 1989-2013).
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Conserving fall applied N: When have daily soil temperatures fallen to and stayed below 50 degrees?

As farmers wind up harvest in Western Illinois, focus turns to other fall field work such as tillage,  applying herbicides and/or anhydrous ammonia applications. With crop budgets projected to be running in the red for the foreseeable future, producers will be looking for any way to shave production costs, whether it be by ...

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Figure. Foliar symptoms of sudden death syndrome have exploded at the NWIARDC this week.
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Results of SDS Variety Trials

Trait selection. When selecting a soybean variety to plant there are many traits in addition to yield potential that may be important to consider. Producers focus on planting soybean varieties with different disease resistance traits depending upon pathogen and disease prevalence in their region. Genetic resistance is a "must have" for yield-robbing pathogens such as t...

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Figure. An aeration fan attached to a grain bin. This fan dries grain very slowly as it pulls in air at ambient temperatures and moistures.

Grain drying and storage

On rainy days this time of the year thoughts center around how quickly the rain will end and grain dry, how quickly soil will dry enough to be fit for harvest to get back into full swing. Other thoughts might be on grain drying, marketing and storage. It may be time well spent to check out " Corn Drying and Storage 2014...

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Figure. Comparing the estimated percent corn harvest progress in the Western IL Crop Reporting District in 2014 to 5- and 10-year averages(data source: USDA/NASS).
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How do 2014 crop maturity and harvest compare to 5- and 10-year averages?

Note: click on photo to enlarge or see caption. Crop maturity. As corn plants require heat in order to grow and develop, the cooler than normal temperatures that occurred throughout the...

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