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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.
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Early planted corn recovers from frost damage

Early planted corn that had been damaged by the mid-April frost at the NWIARDC is quickly recovering (Figures). As a general rule, a hard frost doesn't kill a plant unless it kills the apical meristem. The apical meristem is the growing point of the corn plant from which all leaves originate. In young corn plants, the apical meristem is located below-ground, and is often protected from freezing air temperatures.

If, however, your plants had significant damage and aren't recovering, please see the April 19th Bulletin articles by U of I Agronomist Dr. Emerson Nafziger, discussing the decision to replant (, and Weed Scientist Dr. Aaron Hager, discussing herbicides to control initial corn plantings (

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