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Angie Peltier
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Hill and Furrow

Current topics about crop production in Western Illinois, including field crops research at the NWIARDC in Monmouth.
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Grant Program for Farmers and Ranchers Interested in Increasing Sustainability

From soil erosion to compaction to weed management struggles, farmers know best what is may be limiting crop production or long-term sustainability in the fields that they farm. However during this period of razor-thin margins farmers may be unwilling or unable to fit the costs of experimenting with new conservation practices into their balance sheets. If you are a farmer that has an in...

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Figure. Photo of a October 12, 2015 fire across the highway from the NWIARDC (credit: Brian Mansfield).
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Dry times: August and September 2015 Weather Summary

Precipitation. August precipitation at the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center (NWIARDC) totaled 3.47 inches, 1 inch less than the 30-year "normal" for the month ( Table ). September precipitation totaled 2.81 inches, nearly 1 inch more than the 30-year normal for the month. The NWIARDC is located a little more than 4 miles West o...

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Exciting Program Planned for the 2015 Regional Crop Management Conferences!

Registration is now open for the 2015 Regional Crop Management Conferences. These 2-day conferences provide a forum for discussion and interaction between participants and university researchers and are designed to address a wide array of topics pertinent to crop production in Illinois: crop management, pest management, nutrient management, soil and water management. Certified Crop Advi...

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Resilient ag conference now open to crop advisors and farmers - Register by July 28th

CCA Continuing Education Units Available. Certified Crop Advisors can earn continuing education credits through in-person and online attendance of the Resilient Agriculture Conference, August 5-7, in Ames, Iowa. Most conference sessions will be live-streamed, with the exception of the field activities and farmers and crop advisors throughout the upper Midwest are encouraged to att...

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Soil & Water Management Seminar to be held February 26th

The University of Illinois Extension will be offering a Soil & Water Management Seminar on February 26, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This program is geared toward Certified Crop Advisors, farmers and other agricultural professionals and will be held at both the Knox County Extension Office and in the 4-H Auditorium at the McDonough County Fair Grounds....

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Figure. New online resource on newer agricultural tiling capabilities.
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Two new online Extension resources

The University of Illinois Extension web-team has released two new online resources. A new online learning module is open both to the public and to Certified Crop Advisors that are looking to earn one continuing education unit ( Figure ). This module is called " Corn Residue and Foliar Disease ". Many foli...

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Figure. Anhydrous ammonia tank (Gerald Holmes, Valent USA Corporation, Bugwood.org).

Upcoming Local Soil Fertility-Nutrient and Soil and Water Management Programs

With 2013 harvest and fall field operations completed in near record time and the recent snap of colder weather, perhaps you are itching to get out and about to some winter Extension programs. Two programs (Soil Fertility and Soil and Water Management Workshops) have been scheduled to occur in many Extension Units throughout the state in February. Check your local Extension Unit's webp...

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Do you need continuing education units to maintain your CCA certification?

Do you need continuing education units to maintain your CCA certification? If you do, you are in luck. There will be numerous opportunities for earning credits at many of the University of Illinois' winter meetings ( Corn-Soybean Classics , Crop...

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Figure. Field sites involved in the USDA-NIFA Climate and Corn-Based Cropping Systems CAP project.

Seeking farmer-cooperators

The physical location of the University of Illinois Research Centers were not just selected by throwing darts at a map, but serve to efficiently represent each of the larger soil and climate types in the state. These centers are a world-class resource for applied agricultural research and have provided a wealth of unbiased, research-based recommendations. University researchers have also worke...

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Figure 2. Map of predicted U.S. precipitation outlook for October through December 2012; areas shaded in green and labeled
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The 2012 fall forecast - replenishing and conserving soil moisture

As the 2012 growing season draws to a close, the topic that was on everyone's mind all season long - weather - continues to be an important and 'hot' topic. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center (NOAA-CPC) recently released their 3-month temperature and precipitation outlook for the period of October through December 31 st , 2012. Accor...

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Figure. US Drought Monitor map released July 26th, 2012. Drought designations depend upon color: brick red = exceptional drought, D4; red = extreme drought, D3; orange = severe drought, D2; tan = moderate drought, D1.

Federal and State Programs to Help Livestock and Crop Producers

State and Federal Government Agencies have taken action to help alleviate some of the drought-related hardships that livestock and grain producers are experiencing. These include disaster recovery loans offered by the state of Illinois' Treasurers Office, the USDA Farm Services Agency (FSA) releasing certain conservation reserve program lands for emergency haying and grazing, and the USDA FSA Emer...

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Figure. Attendees find some shade while listening to Dr. Emerson Nafziger talk about getting high soybean yields at the NWIARDC 2012 Field Day.
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31st Annual NWIARDC Field Day a success

The drought conditions were on people's minds Wednesday at the 31st annual NWIARDC Field Day. Local farmers and I were interviewed about the drought by WQAD, Channel 8's Reporter Mr. John David for the evening news . All told, 87 people toured the Research Center and listened to presentations about a...

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