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Angie Peltier
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Current topics about crop production in Western Illinois, including field crops research at the NWIARDC in Monmouth.
Figure. Cover crops were on display for attendees at the 32nd Annual NWIARDC Field Day.
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32nd Annual NWIARDC Field Day was a success

Last week Wednesday's Field Day was a hot one, with temperatures reaching into the 90's before 11 AM. This didn't stop Extension Specialists from the University of Illinois from presenting information to the producers and other agricultural professionals in attendance (Figure).

During this field day, an attendee and farmer, Mr. Rich Fleischer and University of Illinois Agronomist, Dr. Emerson Nafziger, spoke with Quad Cities' own Channel 8 reporter Mr. John David about the prospects for the 2013 corn crop.

Crop Rotation
Dr. Nafziger spoke about the results of some of his long-term crop rotation studies and whether it makes sense to chage crop rotations. Dr. Emerson has summarized the results of a long-term tillage and rotation study and a corn (C) - soybean (S), continuous corn and CCS study. He also provided a handout, Summarizing his results to the crowd.

Dr. Aaron Hager, Univerisity of Illinois Weed Specialist, spoke with the crowd about a weed called Palmer Amaranth that is moving into the area. Palmer Amaranth is related to waterhemp, a weed that producers in Illinois are all to familiar with. Palmer amaranth populations have developed resistance to multiple herbicides and has the potential to be a devastating yield robber in the state.

Dr. Hager spoke about this weed and shared a worksheet with attendees. If a person suspects that they have Palmer amaranth in their field, they can fill out this worksheet and submit it along with a plant sample to the weed science crew on campus for free identification.

Dr. Carl Bradley spoke about identification and management of Goss's wilt in corn. He shared with the crowd a handout adapted from a recent Bulletin article on this topic.

Dr. Mike Gray, University of Illinois Entomology Specialist, spoke to the crowd about Bt-resistant Western corn rootworm populations. He shared a short handout that included a map of Midwest locations of either confirmed resistant populations or heavy rootworm damage reported to the US EPA. This handout also had a very useful figure of currently available rootworm Bt proteins and refuge requirements.

Cover crops
Dr. Angie Peltier, University of Illinois Extension Educator, spoke with the crowd about cover crops, bringing cover crops for the crowd to examine (Figure) and spoke about the potential benefits and risks of incorporating cover crops into the cropping system and a 5-year study that has been initiated at four University of Illinois research centers throughout the state. She spoke about the opportunities for farmers to become involved in this project through on-farm cover crops research and summarized her points in a handout that she shared.

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