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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.
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Center Field Day - July 26, 8 AM

Join personnel from the Northwestern Illinois Ag Research and Demonstration Center for their 36th annual field day on July 26. Buses will leave the research center (321...

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Figure. Aerial picture of the USB-sponsored Commercial SDS Variety Trial at the Northwestern Illinois Ag R&D Center in Monmouth in 2016. The difference in variety maturity is evident in this picture. Moving left to right are varieties in Early MG II, Late MG II, Early MG III and Late MG III. Many varieties in the Early II MGs are mature, many of those in the Late II MGs are nearing maturity, while those in MG III are not as far along.
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2016 SDS Commercial Variety Test Results Available

This past growing season, as part of a United Soybean Board-funded effort, personnel from Southern Illinois University, Iowa State University and University of Illinois evaluated more than 580 soybean varieties from 22 seed companies in sudden death syndrome (SDS) variety trials. The varieties that were evaluated ranged from the very early (MG 0) to late (MG V) maturity groups. Maturity groups...

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Figure. Sudden death syndrome symptoms are often found in patches  in the field.
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The first indications of an epidemic year for sudden death syndrome?

A couple of weeks ago during my morning commute to work between Galesburg and Monmouth a patch of soybeans about 20 feet from the highway was yellow enough to be seen while driving more than 55 mph. Last Thursday, I found a spot to park along the side of the highway to try and figure out what may be causing these symptoms. Narrowing down a disease diagnosis. At eye-leve...

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Clouds and corn

So many acronyms: DNA...GMOs... What is everyone talking about?

DNA. The results of a consumer preference survey conducted in January of 2015 by Oklahoma State University's Department of Agricultural Economics indicate that there is sometimes a disconnect between reality and public perception. When surveyed regarding support or opposition to potential government policies,...

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Figure. Interveinal chlorosis and necrosis are symptoms characteristic of sudden death syndrome of soybean (Angie Peltier).
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Sudden Death Syndrome Update

Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) caused significant yield losses in soybeans in west-central Illinois in 2014. SDS was again reported in some west-central Illinois fields in 2015, and also appeared in the earliest (April 15) planted soybeans at the Northwestern IL Ag. R&D Center (NWIARDC). With funding from the United Soybean Board, researchers at Southern Illinois and Iowa State Univers...

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Figure. Foliar symptoms of sudden death syndrome have exploded at the NWIARDC this week.
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Results of SDS Variety Trials

Trait selection. When selecting a soybean variety to plant there are many traits in addition to yield potential that may be important to consider. Producers focus on planting soybean varieties with different disease resistance traits depending upon pathogen and disease prevalence in their region. Genetic resistance is a "must have" for yield-robbing pathogens such as t...

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Figure. Swollen soybean female cyst nematodes on soybean roots (photo credits: Elizabeth Bush, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University,

SCN: Sample soil now to determine risk in 2014

When considering which soybean varieties to plant in 2014, don't forget about the little animal that can (sight unseen) threaten yield, the soybean cyst nematode ( Figure )! Yield loss potential. SCN is the pathogen responsible for the most disease-associated yield loss in soybean. Between 2006 and 2009, SCN caused between 25 and 38 percent of all...

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Figure. Brian Mansfield cleaning out planter boxes to plant a different hybrid.
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April 2013 Weather Summary and Planting Progress

APRIL 2013 WEATHER Soil Temperature Air Temp Growing degree units 4" (Bare) 4" (Sod) (°F)...

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List of 2013 NWIARDC Trials

Brian Mansfield and Marty Johnson, Research Agronomist and Research Specialist, respectively, recently compiled a list of the 2013 NWIARDC Research Trials . There will be a total o...

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Online Soybean Cyst Nematode Management Resources

As you make your soybean variety selections for 2013, it is important to keep in mind the little animal that often stealthily threatens yield, the soybean cyst nematode. The most recent US SCN yield loss estimates are from 2006 through 2009. In these four years, when comparing SCN-caused losses to those attribut...

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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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Figure. Crop rotation/tillage study started at the NWIARDC in 1996.

What is small plot research?

At the University of Illinois Research Centers we do small-plot research. This isn't research that takes place in the highly controlled environment of a laboratory or a test tube, but outdoors. A farm field is a diverse environment, with many abiotic factors (rocks and other inorganic soil components, soil nutrients, residual pesticides, temperature, humidity, wind, precipitation, etc.) and biotic...

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Figure. Locations for the 2012 corn hybrid testing program; Blue = Locations for which data is available, Red = data compromised by drought.

2012 hybrid and variety trial results are available

Variety testing – corn As you make your seed selections for next year, a great resource for side-by-side comparisons of yields, lodging and seed quality data are available at the click of the mouse! Data from the University of Illinois' Department of Crop Sciences 2012 Variety Testing Program are in. The Variety Testing Program was established in 1934 and is a uni...

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