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Farm

  • County committee voting deadline is Dec. 1

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers and ranchers to make their voices heard by voting in the upcoming Farm Service Agency County Committee elections.
    FSA Administrator Val Dolcini announced that the USDA began last Monday mailing ballots for the 2014 elections to eligible producers across the country.
    Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 1 to ensure that their votes are counted.
    “The role and input of our county committee members is vital as we implement the 2014 Farm Bill,” Dolcini said.

  • Farm Bill informational meeting Nov. 18

    The Bond, Clinton, Marion and Washington County Farm Bureaus, in conjunction with U of I Extension and county Farm Service Agency offices, are hosting an informational meeting on the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill.
    The meeting will be held at the Kaskaskia College Lifelong Learning Center on Nov. 18. A free meal will be provided at 6:30 p.m., with the program to begin at 7 p.m. The meal is being provided by the Kaskaskia College.

  • Cover crop field day is next Thursday

    A cover crop field day will be held from 9-11 a.m. next Thursday at the U of I Brownstown Agronomy Research Center.
    Topics covered during the tour of research plots include:
    • Species selection.
    • Effects of planting date.
    • Effects of planting method.
    • Cover crops and crop rotation.
    • Establishment challenges and successes.
    • Factors contributing to a health soil.

  • Corn maturity behind the five-year average

    Illinois Agricultural
    Statistics Service
    There were four days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Aug. 31.
    Statewide, precipitation averaged 1.08 inches.
    The average temperature was 77.6 degrees, 4.2 degrees above normal.
    Corn in the dough stage reached 97 percent, compared to the five-year average of 93 percent. Corn dented reached 72 percent, compared to 44 percent last year.
    Corn mature reached 5 percent, compared to the five-year average of 24 percent.
    Corn condition was rated at 82 percent good to excellent.

  • Survey: good numbers, wide range of yields

    If the 24 men who canvassed fields throughout Fayette County last week were on target, and they traditionally are, county farmers can expect pretty good corn and soybean yields this fall.

  • Weather conditions move crops toward maturity

    Scattered showers continued throughout the state for the week ending Aug. 17. The Southeast part of the state received nearly 2 inches of precipitation,  while the Northwest received one tenth of an inch.
    There were 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork, which allowed farmers time to cut hay.
    Statewide, precipitation averaged 1.04 inches, 0.15 inches above normal.
    The average temperature was 69.4 degrees, 4.4 degrees below normal.

  • Area soil moisture levels rise with weekend rains

    Soil moisture levels in southern Illinois increased over the weekend as the region saw more than 3 inches of rain at some locations, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring (WARM) program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois.

  • Food Bank Visits St. Elmo

    The Central Illinois Food Bank was in the parking lot of Pinnacle Foods in St. Elmo on Saturday.

    Volunteers included, in photos show here were: Chandler Litaker; Laquita Booher and Tricia Elam; and Judy Wasmuth.

  • Dry conditions continue

    Dry conditions continued throughout the state last week. There were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork. Statewide, precipitation averaged 0.28 inches, 0.51 inches below normal for the week ending Aug. 3.
    Average temperature was 69.3 degrees, 4.9 degrees below normal.
    Corn in the dough stage was rated at 55 percent, compared to the five-year average of 47 percent. Corn condition was rated at 81 percent good to excellent.

  • Record yields possible again, experts say

    Farmers are gearing up for a record corn and soybean harvest this fall, if the weather holds for the rest of the growing season, according to results of the latest Farm Futures survey.
    Corn production could hit 14.331 billion bushels this fall – nearly 3 percent more than the  record-setting harvest in 2013. Average yields of 171.06 bushels per acre appear possible nationwide, also a record after a summer marked by cool temperatures.