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Angie Peltier
Former Extension Educator, Commercial Agriculture

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Current topics about crop production in Western Illinois, including field crops research at the NWIARDC in Monmouth.
Figure. Fall armyworms collected in a pheromone trap at the Northwestern Illinois Ag R&D Center near Monmouth in 2016.

Fall Armyworms in Western Illinois: Is Your Pasture at Risk?

Monitoring insect populations. Insect pheromone traps are monitored throughout the growing season at the Northwestern Illinois Ag R & D Center in Monmouth. Pheromones are insect hormones that attract individuals of the opposite sex for mating purposes. In our traps a small piece of rubber is impregnated with a pheromone specific to the insect we are trying to monitor. The t...

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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. Poison hemlock leaf. In 2016 poison hemlock plants have grown very tall (up to 7 ft), forming dense shrubs. These carrot relatives produce alkaloid compounds that are toxic to humans and other animals when consumed.
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2016 is a bumper year for toxic weeds

Driving down any Western Illinois road this spring one can't help but notice just how many very tall weeds there are growing in field edges and along fence rows. According to University of Illinois USDA Weed Ecologist Dr. Adam Davis, every weed species has specific germination cues, or moisture and temperature fluctuations required for seeds to germinate and seeds of biennial plants to survive...

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Figure. True armyworm moths captured using a pheromone trap. Moths are identified and counted to determine when large numbers of adults are migrating through the trap area and when to begin scouting.

What happens 1 to 2 weeks after 85 true armyworms land in my pheromone trap?

No this is not a trick question; let me explain. What are true armyworms ? True armyworms are insect pests of grasses and crops such as corn and small grains. Many of the Bt-traited corn hybrids express proteins that provide protection against the true armyworm. However, not every Bt hybrid provides pr...

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Cover crops webinar series - CCA CEU opportunity

The American Society of Agronomy will be hosting a Cover Crops webinar series on Thursdays in March. Each webinar is free and open to the public. Because this series is sponsored by 13 different public and private organizations, continuing education units will also be available to registered Certified Crop Advisor participants free of charge. The webinars will be available live...

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Women in Agriculture Conference

Registration is now open for the 2014 Women in Agriculture Conference on March 21 in Rock Island, IL. University of Illinois Extension co-sponsors this event which focuses on bringing useful information to women that farm. Along with a general session, conference attendees select among breakout sessions with topics that are of most interest to them: How Profitable is Y...

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Figure. Tall fescue pasture (image: John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University,

2013 Illinois Forage Expo

Mr. Dale Baird recently wrote the following press release about the upcoming Illinois Forage Expo: "The 2013 Illinois Forage Expo will be held on Tuesday July 16 hosted by Adam Schroeder, Coal Valley, Illinois. The event will be held on Niabi Zoo Road, just east of the Zoo in Rock Island County. The Expo will start at 9:00 am and conclude at 3:00 pm. The Forage Expo will include fie...

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Photo: Paul Bolstad, University of Minnesota,

2013 Illinois grazing events

Posted by Angie Peltier - Livestock

For those that are interested in learning about the most current grazing research, the University of Illinois Extension has partnered with the several organizations to offer three programs throughout the state in March and one in June. Look at the flier for more details about program partners, locations, and dat...

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

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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Illinois Department of Transportation - Interstate Hay Hauling Policy

The Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider released a new policy allowing farmers to transport up to 12 foot-wide loads of hay on the interstate. This new, but temporary, policy is detailed...

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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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