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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. Corn growth after different planting dates on May 18, 2017.
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Following Crop Development in a Corn Planting Date Trial

You might have always wondered whether there was some way to estimate when your corn crop is likely to reach the silking and black layer growth stages. Well you might just be in luck if you gather the following information about a particular corn hybrid (when it was planted, where it was planted, its estimated days to maturity) and use any internet browser to visit...

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Figure. Black cutworm. Note the small, black dagger-shaped marking on each outer wing.

Significant Black Cutworm Flights Continue

A significant black cutworm flight (9 moths) took place overnight May 3rd to 4th at the Northwestern Research Center in Monmouth. Along with rain, the recent weather system (which looked like a giant clock-wise turning hurricane over the middle of the US) likely carried North black cutworms. Entomologist and Illinois Natural History Survey's Coordinated Agricultural Pest Survey coordin...

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Image citation: Daren Mueller, Iowa State University,

Impacts of Saturated or Flooded (or Crusted) Soils on Crop Plants

The Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research & Demonstration Center (NWIARDC) received 6.24 inches of rain in April, more than 3 inches of which fell over the last 5 days of the month. Relatively speaking the Monmouth area lucked out as further South, both Perry and Snicarte accumulated more than 5 inches, Belleville more than 6 inches, Rend Lake nearly 8 inches and Carbondale more than...

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