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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. Waterhemp plants are beginning to poke their way through the canopy in many soybean fields in late July in Western Illinois.

Weed Management Resources - How do Your Fields Look?

Posted by Angie Peltier - Weeds

From reports of soybean fields near St. Louis destined for mowing rather than harvest to thick lawns of waterhemp beginning to emerge from soybean fields nearer to the Northwestern Illinois Ag R&D Center, weeds are a major problem in many Illinois farm fields in 2016. What in the world is going on? Why have weeds become such an urgent issue this year? There are likely severa...

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Figure. Symptoms of Physoderma brown spot typically occur in bands.

Corn Disease Update - Monmouth, July 14

Posted by Angie Peltier - Disease

What are we seeing in the field? At the Northwestern Illinois Ag Research & Demonstration Center we are beginning to see some of the residual herbicide activity break, with weeds like giant foxtail and morning glory popping up in some fields. We are also seeing quite a bit of Japanese beetle feeding dama...

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Figure. Japanese beetles feeding on corn silks at the Northwestern Illinois Ag R&D Center in Monmouth.
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To treat or not to treat: Japanese beetles abundant in corn and soybean

Posted by Angie Peltier - Insects

When walking along the edges of corn and soybean fields the last couple of days, I noticed many Japanese beetles feeding on both corn and soybean. A lot of Japanese beetles ( Figures ). Japanese beetle ID. Japanese beetles are oval shaped and have an iridescent metallic sheen. They have a green head and thorax and copper colored outer wings with a green s...

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Figure. Still image of peak radar reflectance captured during the early morning hours of June 22, 2016 (data source: NOAA).
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Weather Summary: June 22, 2016

Posted by Angie Peltier - Weather

After a crop-damaging weather event, it may be of interest for people to learn just exactly what took place. While recent articles detailed the potential effects of the severe weather on growth and development of corn and soybean and discussed...

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