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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.
Figure. Check out the new Illinois Drought Resources Website:

Drought Resources

Today, July 16th, 2012, we are in a much different state of mind than in late April and early May when everyone was thinking about how the record-early planting progress may affect yields. The crops at the NWIARDC have fared better than other parts of the state, however unless we get a rain this week, the hot, dry weather in the forecast will likely result in afternoon leaf rolling later on this week or early next.

The drought conditions throughout the state have prompted the University of Illinois Extension to compile drought-specific research-based information on a new website: Illinois Drought Resources. This website houses a wide-array of specific topics under four main categories: Crops, Livestock, Home and Garden, and Financial. The Illinois Drought Resources website also has useful links to the USDA-FSA Disaster Assistance Program, Midwestern regional drought monitor, and the long-term drought outlook for the U.S.

Of interest may be an article entitled, "Rationing the 2012 corn crop - Are we there yet?" written by Drs. Darrel Good and Scott Irwin of the University of Illinois' Department of Agriculture and Consumer Economics, posted on the farmdoc DAILY website.

Dr. William Edwards of the Iowa State University Department of Economics recently wrote an article entitled, "Insurance coverage for drought-damaged crops". This article discusses how insurance claims for drought damaged crops are handled. Although this article has some Iowa-specific information, much of the general information is applicable to any drought-ravaged state. Bottom-line: getting all of your insurance paperwork in order now will save you from a headache later.

Additionally, if you are contemplating using your drought-damaged corn for feed and have questions, contact your local extension office to make arrangements to attend an emergency-scheduled telenet, "Utilizing Drought Stressed Corn for Livestock Feed" on Thursday, July 19th at 6:00 p.m.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • Harvesting Methods
  • Pricing Your Neighbor's Field
  • Nitrate Concerns
  • Methods to Reduce Nitrate Levels
  • Animal Performance

Other potential topics may include early weaning of beef calves, water requirements/water quality, using co-products as forage replacement, and pasture management in drought. Speakers will be University of Illinois Extension educators Monte Rowland, Ursa Coop and Travis Meteer.


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