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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.
Figure. Marty Johnson planting corn, April 5, 2013 (Photo: Brian Mansfield).

Field operations began and have since stalled

Field operations at the NWIARDC in 2013 began on Friday, April 5th and have since stalled. Some spring anhydrous ammonia application, oats planting and corn planting for a corn planting date experiment took place later last week in the narrow window of good soil conditions provided by warmer temperatures and high winds (Figure).

Recent storms have brought 2.28 inches of rain to the NWIARDC since Saturday, keeping equipment in the machine shed and Marty Johnson and Brian Mansfield inside.

One consolation is that research at the NWIARDC and at other locations throughout Illinois has shown that corn yields don't really begin to fall off dramatically until planting is delayed until early to mid- May. Dr. Emerson Nafziger recently wrote an article for the Bulletin where he discussed weather, corn planting date, and yield.

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