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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.

Will it rain already?

The region really needs the rain that is predicted tonight and into Saturday. In comparing the NWIARDC 2012 precipitation data to the 20-year average, without the predicted rain, we'd be down 4.19 inches. With the predicted rain, we'd be down 3.85 inches for the year.

This precipitation deficit has many potential implications for this growing season: earlier planting than in recent, wetter springs; uneven soybean emergence due to low soil moisture; and reduced risk of most seed/seedling diseases.

In a recent article in the online Bulletin, U of I Agronomist Dr. Emerson Nafziger spoke about the risks associated with planting corn and soybean into dry fields (

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