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Farm

  • CRP land is released for hay, grazing

     Illinois livestock producers this week received additional drought relief as USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack authorized the release of emergency haying and grazing for all Illinois counties for certain practices and acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program.
    The grazing can begin Aug. 2, outside the primary nesting season for wildlife. The decision was based upon the U.S. Drought Monitor.

  • Heat Wave Continues

    Parched corn plants are silhouetted against the afternoon sun in a field west of Vandalia.

    Area crops continue to deteriorate as the hot, dry conditions persist.

  • Farm Briefs

    FB crop survey to be held on Aug. 9

    The Fayette County Farm Bureau will hold its annual crop survey on Thursday, Aug. 9.
    At that time, the Farm Bureau will be sending out teams throughout the county to assess the progress of area crops. The teams will include farmers, bankers, members of the media and those involved in agribusiness.
    The day will conclude with a steak dinner cookout and the presentation of a market outlook report at the Farm Bureau office, located at 1125 N. Sunset Drive in Vandalia.

  • Hot, dry conditions take heavy toll on area crops

    The hot, dry weather continued to prevail over much of the state again this week, with a few areas experiencing spotty showers.
    Statewide temperatures averaged 78.2 degrees, 1.8 above normal. Precipitation averaged .53 inches across the state, .31 inches below normal.
    Topsoil moisture continued to worsen, and was rated at 73 percent very short, 25 percent short and 2 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture also continued to be a concern, rated 70 percent very short, 26 percent short and 4 percent adequate.

  • Farmers urged to report losses to USDA's FSA

    Grain farmers are reminded to report crop losses resulting from a weather-related disaster event, said Scherrie Giamanco, state director of the USDA Farm Service Agency.
    "Crop losses are acres that were timely planted with the intent to harvest, but the crop failed and could not be harvested because of a disaster-related condition," Giamanco said. "In order to meet FSA program eligibility requirements, producers must report failed acreage to the county FSA office before disposition of the crop.

  • Dought discussion meeting set for Aug. 1

    The Fayette County Farm Bureau will hold a "Drought Condition and Crop Insurance Discussion" for area farmers on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

  • Farm Briefs

    Belusko attends ag teacher conference
    Matt Belusko, agricultural education instructor at Ramsey High School, recently joined more than 300 agricultural educators at the annual conference of the Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers.
    Held in Champaign, the conference was designed to meet the needs of secondary and post-secondary agricultural educators. The program included general sessions, district meetings, business meetings, in-service sessions and special award recognition sessions.

  • Temperatures up, rainfall elusive

    Last week was yet another hot and dry one for Illinois. Statewide, temperature averaged 78.2 degrees, 3.9 above normal and rainfall increased slightly to 0.28 inches, but still was 0.62 inches below the historic average.
    Topsoil moisture is still a major concern for the entire state. It is currently rated at 52 percent very short, 37 percent short and only 11 percent adequate.

  • June report shows corn acres up, soybeans down

    The Illinois Field Office of National Agricultural Statistics Service this week released the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s June Acreage and Grain Stocks Reports.
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  • IFB President Visits With Local Members

    Members of the Fayette County Farm Bureau met with Illinois Farm Bureau President Phillip Nelson, second from right, at a recent meeting in Effingham.

    He updated county members on key legislative issues affecting farmers. Pictured with Nelson are, from left, Keith Casey, Keith Sanders and Ken Cripe.