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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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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 201th Ave, Monmouth) at 8 AM sharp and travel to different stops where researchers will discuss their research at the center. Presentati...

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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. Researchers plant oats breeding lines at the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research & Demonstration Center (March 23).
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Oats planting kicks off 2016 growing season

Researchers finished planting oats for Dr. Fred Kolb's research program yesterday (March 23) before the rain began (Figures). Dr. Kolb works a professor and small grains plant breeder in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois. The goal of his field research is to develop improved small grains varieties. In...

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Figure. Oats 16 days after April 1 planting at the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center.
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Oats research at the Northwestern Research Center

In any given year oats are typically the first crop to emerge at the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center (NWIARDC) in Monmouth. Oats were planted in 2015 on April 1 and as of April 17 have between one and three leaves ( Figures ). For the past 28 years, Dr. Fred Kolb has worked at...

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Figure. Breeding nursery where Sarah Potts created all of her testcross hybrids in 2011.  Controlled pollinations were made by collecting corn pollen in paper bags placed on the tassels and then placing the pollen-filled bags onto silks. An estimated 80,000 hand pollinations took place in this field (Photo: Sarah Potts).
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Corn breeders bring their high density corn research to Monmouth

In 2013, the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center (NWIARDC) was one field location for a research study in which graduate student Sarah Potts (under the direction of Dr. Martin Bohn, University of Illinois Associate Professor in Quantitative Genetics and Plant Breeding, and Dr. Rita Mumm, University of Illinois Professor Emeritus in Quantitative Genetics and Plant B...

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Figure. Grain sorghum (Image: Dr. Patrick Brown).
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Sorghum Research comes to the Northwestern Research Center

Anyone driving by the West side of the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center (NWIARDC) this past summer likely noticed a field of plants that looked alien to the typical landscape in Warren County Illinois.  A team of University of Illinois researchers led by Dr. Patrick Brown, Assistant Professor in the Department of Crop Sciences, is studying the genetic control...

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