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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. Bleached or tan colored husk leaves associated with Diplodia ear mold.
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Disease Alert: Diplodia ear mold in 2016

Symptoms and signs of Diplodia ear mold. In the past couple of weeks, symptoms of ear mold have popped up at the Northwestern Illinois Ag R&D Center. While most fields have rows upon rows of healthy-looking husk leaves enveloping plump ears, in some fields individual ears stand out as the husk leaves are a bleached or tan color ( Figure ). Upon peeling back t...

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Figure. The main menu screen for Spray Calc; there are four main functions as well as a link to information about the app and a help icon that details what each main function in the app can be used to calculate (Photo and caption: Scott Bretthaeur).

Free University of Illinois App Developed to Help Applicators with Sprayer Calculations

University of Illinois Extension has released a new smartphone app to assist applicators with many of the calculations that are used when setting up and calibrating a sprayer. Pesticide Spray Calculator, or "Spray Calc", was developed by Scott Bretthauer , Ex...

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2014 NWIARDC Field Day to Highlight Hot Topics in Agriculture

The program is set for the 33 rd annual University of Illinois' Northwestern Agricultural Research Center Field Day. The program will begin at 8 am on Tuesday, July 15 th . Buses will carry members of the public to different stops in the research center where campus-based specialists or Extension personnel will present the results of crop and pest management research...

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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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Figure. View from the cab while the small plot combine harvests corn at the NWIARDC.
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NWIARDC harvest progress

The University of Illinois Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center has been a busy place these past several weeks. Brian Mansfield, Center Superintendent and Research Agronomist, and Marty Johnson, Research Specialist, have harvested hundreds of corn and soybean research plots. The plot co...

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Image: Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University,

Foliar fungicides: Factors to consider

Although corn seeds have not yet been sown, many producers are already scheduling foliar fungicide applications. Recent University of Illinois research results can help producers increase the probability of making a profitable foliar fungicide application. Dr. Carl Bradley, U of I Field Crops Plant Pathology Extension Specialist, and his team, have conducted a total of 33 foliar fungici...

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CandS Classics

Online Resource - Corn & Soybean Classics Proceedings

For those that were unable to attend the 2013 University of Illinois', College of ACES' Corn & Soybean Classic, the proceedings are now available online, as are the proceedings from 2001 through 2012 . The program for the 2013...

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Figure. Brian Mansfield, NWIARDC Research Agronomist,  programming the combine computer to collect yield,  moisture, and test weight data.
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Combine comparisons

Posted by Angie Peltier - Equipment

At the NWIARDC, yield, grain moisture, and test weights are measured and data is recorded in a precise manner using well calibrated equipment on a small-plot combine. We use a plot-combine manufactured by Kincaid, a company out of Kansas. This plot combine is a smaller version of a full-sized combine but with...

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