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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. Profile photo of the waterhemp infestation in a soybean field in Western Illinois in 2015.

Can I assume that these waist-high weeds are waterhemp plants?

Growing conditions influence growth and development of weed plants. Each of the past several growing seasons has seen unique challenges and triumphs. In 2012, favorable soil conditions allowed for early planting, soon followed by drought conditions. In 2013, record-setting spring rains delayed planting. While in 2014, mild temperatures and timely rain events led to record-setti...

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Figure. Soybeans are difficult to see from this vantage point due to all of the waterhemp plants in this field. Note that the field in the background appears from this distance to be weed-free.
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Weed management struggles in 2015: What happened?

Posted by Angie Peltier - Weeds

In my many hours spent behind a windshield this summer, I have noticed several fields that look like the one in the photos above. Although there are individual marestail and giant ragweed plants that have also poked their way through the soybean canopy, by and large the primary weed species competing with the soybean crop for water, nutrients, and sunlight is waterhemp. As the female flowers re...

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June and July Weather Summary and July Tornadoes.

Posted by Angie Peltier - Weather

Precipitation. June precipitation at the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center (NWIARDC) totaled 8.13 inches, more than 3.5 inches above the 30-year "normal" for the month ( Table ). July precipitation totaled more than 9 inches, nearly 5 inches more than the 30-year normal for the month. To put these two months into perspec...

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