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Farm

  • Four local students receive Farm Bureau scholarships

    The Fayette County Farm Bureau Foundation recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to four local students who are planning on future careers in agriculture.

  • Corn planting done; soybean planting begins

    Last week, weather patterns returned to more normal conditions, and fieldwork resumed at a brisk pace in most parts of Illinois.
    Statewide precipitation averaged 0.67 inches, which was 0.34 below average. Temperatures were 62 degrees statewide. The drier conditions led to 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork.
    Corn planted reached 95 percent statewide, 30 percent above the five-year average of 65 percent. Corn emerged reached 76 percent, 41 percent above the five-year average.

  • May crop report

    ILLINOIS
    The Illinois winter wheat crop is expected to yield 62 bushels per acre, based on conditions as of May 1, which is one bushel above last year’s yield. If this yield is realized, total production would be 39.06 million bushels, 16 percent less than last year’s production.

  • Diagnosing wheat viruses

    Wheat leaves displaying symptoms of virus infection, such as purple and yellow leaf tips or mosaic symptoms, have been observed in fields across the state, according to University of Illinois plant pathologist Carl Bradley.

  • Cash rent survey results are in

    For the second consecutive year, Macon County topped the state's list of cash rent rates in 2011.
    The average cash rent rate in Macon County is $260 per acre. Following closely behind were Sangamon County, with $252 per acre, and Logan County, with $246 per acre.
    Fayette County had an average cash rent rate of $128. Other surrounding counties were: Bond County, $124; Montgomery County, $212; Christian County, $237; Shelby County, $194; Effingham County, $126; and Marion County, $119.

  • Corn planting progress now nearing 80 percent

    Last week, most of the state experienced cooler temperatures and below-normal rainfall compared to previous weeks.
    Temperatures averaged 54.1 degrees, which was 2.2 degrees below normal.
    Statewide precipitation averaged 0.46 inches, which is 0.40 inches below normal. The rainfall was heavier during the weekend, enabling a good amount of fieldwork to be completed during the week. Days suitable for fieldwork increased to 4.8 days, compared to 3.9 the previous week.

  • FFA members compete in ag mechanic contests
  • Farm Briefs

    May 31 reporting deadline for crops
    May 31 is the final deadline to report fall-seeded crops, according to the Fayette County Farm Service Agency.
    Annual reports are required for producers receiving benefits on DEC, ACRE, Federal Crop Insurance, CRP rental payments, commodity loans, NAP and SURE payments.
    Timely and accurate acreage reports are necessary to maintain planting history on a farm and to ensure program benefits are not jeopardized.
    Late-file reporting after May 31 costs a minimum of $46.

  • Farm Briefs

    Warm, dry weather patterns persist
    The warm and dry weather continued throughout the state last week.
    Statewide, temperatures averaged 57.7 degrees, 10.9 degrees above normal.
    Total precipitation averaged 0.29 inches, 0.64 inches below normal.
    As a result of the weather patterns, soil temperatures are warm enough for planting, and the majority of farmers have completed their pre-planting fieldwork. Most are waiting on the “go date” for their area to arrive, but many have at least some corn in the ground.

  • Ready To Go

    Though not many area farmers have begun planting, plenty are out in the fields doing tillage work or applying anhydrous ammonia.

    In this picture, a farmer is silhouetted against the late afternoon sun as he prepares a field northwest of Vandalia on Tuesday. Illinois farmers are planning to plant slightly fewer acres of corn and slightly more acres of soybeans. Nationwide, farmers will plant the highest number of acres of corn in the past 75 years.