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Farm

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Forage Expo

    Fayette County dairy farmer Tony Snow recently hosted the semiannual Illinois Forage Expo on his farm northeast of Mulberry Grove.

  • Wilberton Mutual Supports 4-H

    The board of directors of Wilberton Mutual Insurance Co. of St. Peter recently approved a $1,000 donation to the Fayette County Livestock Committee.

    "Wilberton Mutual  is committed to supporting 4-H and the youth it serves," said Charles Kruenegel, board president. In the above photo, Kathy Bray, secretary-treasurer of Wilberton Mutual, left, presents a check to Joan Schaal, Fayette County 4-H Livestock Committee member.

  • Illinois Forage Expo is this Thursday in M.G.

    The 2014 Illinois Forage Expo will be held this Thursday on the Tony Snow farm near Mulberry Grove. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m.
    Snow's operation is a forage-based, intensive grazing dairy, which includes a 70-feet by 260-feet hoop shed compost barn, using cornstalks for bedding.

  • Wanted: Teachers for ag programs

    Illinois has more than 76,000 farms that cover more than 28 million acres of land. Nearly 80 percent of the state’s total land area is dedicated to farming.
    Because of that, and the role agriculture plays in the state’s economy, ag education plays a vital role in rural communities across the state.
    But education leaders say that there’s a severe shortage of ag teachers in Illinois.
    There are nearly 320 agriculture programs in high schools across Illinois, helping drive students to careers in ag-related business and science.

  • Precipitation above normal, temps down for past week

    Corn silking jumped to 62 percent last week, well ahead of the five-year average of 48 percent.
    Temperatures remained in the 70s, and precipitation was slightly above average for the state.
    Activities included spraying fungicide and insecticide.
    There were 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 13.
    Statewide precipitation averaged 1.37 inches, which was 0.61 inches above normal.
    The average temperature was 73.9 degrees, about 2.5 degrees below normal.