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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. County average cropland cash rental rates (for non-irrigated land) for 2016 and compared to 2014 (the value within parentheses) (Data source: USDA-NASS).

Deadline Looms for Many Land Leases: Did Falling Rental Rates Between 2014 and 2016 Ensure Farm Profitability?

Cash rents: Popular topic in county Extension offices. By and large, the number one questions fielded in rural county extension offices relate to land rental rates. As many of the 2016 cropping-year leases are currently under review for 2017, many farmers and land-owners are currently negotiating land lease terms for the 2017 growing season. Rather than relying on strictly-verb...

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Figure. Results of a corn planting date trial at the NWIARDC in Monmouth in 2016. Note that planting dates with the same letters are not statistically different.

Results: 2016 Corn planting date x fungicide trial

Each year personnel at the Northwestern Illinois Ag Research & Demonstration Center (NWIARDC) in Monmouth establish a corn planting date trial. In 2016 the same 110-day corn hybrid was planted at the same seeding rate (35,000 seeds/A) and planting depth (1.75 inches) at one of four planting dates in plots 8 rows wide and 100 feet long ( Table ). Each plot was split in half le...

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Figure. A camera located above a sampling probe helps workers in the scale house at a grain elevator in Western Illinois collect samples.

Collecting Grain Samples: Updating P + K Grain Removal Rates

Crop plants have needs that must be met in order for them to grow and reproduce. They need water, sunlight, CO 2 , above-ground space and some sort of matrix into which to extend their roots. Additionally, to meet the needs that are above and beyond what is provided by the seed, plants require nutrients in varying quantities. Nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) are considere...

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