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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. Thick, white, moldy fungal growth characteristic of Diplodia ear mold caused by Stenocarpella maydis (photo: Dr. Carl Bradley, University of Kentucky).
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Moldy ears at harvest – Diplodia ear mold in Western Illinois

Corn ears are thought to be most susceptible to infection by Stenocarpella maydis , the fungus that causes Diplodia ear mold, in the 3 weeks after silking (milk stage), when the silks begin to die. Fungal spores are rain-splash disseminated onto the crop from residue from previously infected crops. In 2015 in western Illinois, corn planted between April 5 and 15 reached silking at the...

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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.

Decision points: Economics of grain drying and storage

Since last Friday daily wind speeds have averaged between 5.9 and 11.6 mph at the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research & Demonstration Center. Warmer high temperatures and breezy weather through tomorrow and most of Thursday provide ideal conditions for in-field grain drying. Many crop producers in Western Illinois have begun their corn harvest. Recent conversations have indi...

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