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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.
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Temperature fluctuations outside can lead to temperature and moisture issues in stored grain

It is widely understood that the quality of grain coming out of storage is never going to be better than the quality of that grain going into storage. For some that stored 2016 corn, Diplodia and other ear molds ensured that grain quality going into storage was not of ideal quality. Fluctuating air temperatures this winter and spring has the potential to cause moisture or hot-spots to develop in s...

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Extension Bi-State Crops Conferences in and near Western Illinois

New and longer-term partnerships between personnel in Illinois and personnel in Missouri and Iowa have resulted in several bi-state crops conferences to be held during January 2017 in Western Illinois or Eastern Iowa. Friday, January 6, 2017: Bi-State Crop Advantage Conference, Burlington, IA, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM...

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Figure. These corn ears were picked on August 3, 2016 in Monmouth, IL. Why are these corn ears so different? How might this difference affect yield estimates?
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Why are these corn ears so different? How might this difference affect yield estimates?

While my inclination is to joke and say that the obvious difference must be that the larger ear was grown in Illinois while the smaller ear was grown in another state (four letters, also starts with an 'I'…..), this isn't it. A estimate of yields in a field full of the more moderate-sized ear (612 kernels/ear) at an ear population of 33,000 would be 260 bu/A. While estimated  of a field...

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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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Figure. Historical (1984-2012) and forecast (2013-2014) average U.S. corn prices (Source: USDA-NASS).
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Weathering the storm: Net farm incomes projected to decline by more than 26 percent in 2014

According to the USDA, net farm income is expected to decline by 26.6 percent in 2014. This will put net income at its lowest level since 2010. Given these projections, farm operators will be looking for ways to trim expenses in the coming year(s). Five-part series: Controlling Costs with Lower Crop Revenues. With this in mind, University of Illinois Agricultura...

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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. Aspergillus ear mold (photo: Nancy Keller).

Why scouting stored grain is a good idea

I have not been willingly neglecting the Hill and Furrow Blog. Since the holidays, many weeks have been spent traveling around the state participating in University of Illinois Extension winter meetings. My topic for the Crop Management Conference series was corn ear molds and mycotoxins. I did write a blog arti...

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FAST tools (Farm analysis solution tools) to help with 2013 crop rotation and insurance decisions

University of Illinois' Agricultural Economists that contribute to the farmdoc and farmdocDAILY websites have put together several useful tools to help in making financial decisions for your operation. These tools are called FAST tools , which stands for Farm Analysis Solution Tools and were developed with financial support...

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Winter Extension Programs

Researchers from the University of Illinois are poised to deliver timely research-based recommendations through conferences scheduled in several locations around the state of Illinois this winter. 2012 Farm Economics Summit - December 10 - 14, 2012 - Five locations The team of agricultural economists that brings you online economic information on...

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Location-Specific Soybean Pricing Tool

The Illinois Soybean Association has used checkoff funds to develop a free tool to help soybean producers compare current cash and futures prices at the five closest grain elevators. This tool is available for use on your computer, web-enabled mobile phone, or smart phone and can be found at the following webpage:...

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