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Angie Peltier
Former Extension Educator, Commercial Agriculture

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Current topics about crop production in Western Illinois, including field crops research at the NWIARDC in Monmouth.
Figure. Field sites involved in the USDA-NIFA Climate and Corn-Based Cropping Systems CAP project.

Seeking farmer-cooperators

The physical location of the University of Illinois Research Centers were not just selected by throwing darts at a map, but serve to efficiently represent each of the larger soil and climate types in the state. These centers are a world-class resource for applied agricultural research and have provided a wealth of unbiased, research-based recommendations.

University researchers have also worked with farmers throughout the state to replicate and/or scale-up many of the research projects at the centers. These partnerships over the years have been invaluable to both the researchers and row-crops producers throughout the state that have benefited from the research findings (and, I hope, individual farmer-cooperators!).

Research and Extension personnel at the University of Illinois are part of a USDA – National Institutes of Food and Agriculture Coordinated Agricultural Project called "Climate and Corn-Based Cropping Systems".

As you have likely personally experienced, recent extreme weather events across the corn belt have been challenging for agriculture. The Corn Systems project focuses on production challenges related to changing weather variability and strategies that farmers can use to adapt to these changes. A network of more than 20 research sites in nine states across the corn belt are evaluating multiple innovative conservation and crop management practices, including nutrient management and tillage approaches, cover crops, extended crop rotations, drainage water management, and other technologies (Figure).

We are seeking farmers who are willing to assist us with this project. The extension component of the project will be focused on working with farmer-cooperators individually and in local groups in order to better understand how farmers are dealing with recent weather extremes and how the practices that the project is evaluating might help to improve management for such extremes. This is a unique opportunity to share your perspectives with researchers from a multi-state project that will help to influence research directives and farm policy in the future.

Bottom line, research and extension personnel at the University of Illinois need your help. If you'd like more information on the project itself, how your input would fit into the larger project, or how to participate, contact me:


Angie Peltier

University of Illinois – Warren County Extension Office

1000 N. Main St.

Monmouth, IL 61462

(309) 734-5161


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