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Farm

  • Biomass crop assistance program signup is open

    The application period for the next round of Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) project areas will be open until April 23.
     “BCAP provides incentives to farmers and forest landowners to grow non-food crops to be processed into biofuels – a critical element of our national energy strategy to address high fuel prices and reduce reliance on foreign oil,” said Scherrie V. Giamanco, state executive director for the USDA’s Farm Service Agency.

  • USDA expects 75-year high in corn acres planted in nation this spring

    Driven by favorable prices, U.S. farmers intend to plant 95.9 million acres of corn in 2012, up 4 percent from 2011, according to the Prospective Plantings report released recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
    If realized, this will be the largest corn acreage in the United States since 1937, when producers planted 97.2 acres of corn.

  • Corn acres up, soybeans down

    Illinois farmers intend to plant 12.5 million acres of corn for all purposes in 2012, down 100,000 acres from 2011. Many farmers noted that corn on corn acres have not yielded as well as many had hoped for the past few years, leading to increased rotations of other crops.
    Planting got under way the middle of March in some locations around Illinois, and is progressing at an above-average pace this year.

  • Hog and pig numbers up 6%

    The Illinois Field Office of National Agricultural Statistics Service recently released the USDA’s March hogs and pigs report. State and national highlights of the report include:
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    The number of hogs and pigs on March 1, 2012, was 4.65 million, 6 percent more than on March 1, 2011, and steady with what was on hand Dec. 1, 2011. Breeding hogs on hand on March 1, 2012, were estimated at 510,000 head, up 9 percent from a year earlier, and market hogs, at 4.14 million head, were up 5 percent.

  • Farm Briefs

    CRP signup open through April 6
    Signup is being held through April 6 at the Fayette County Farm Service Agency for the Conservation Reserve Program.
    Land that is not currently enrolled in CRP may be offered. CRP participants with contracts expiring on Sept. 30 also may submit offers.
    Eligible cropland must have been planted to an agricultural commodity during four of the six years from 2002 through 2007.
    Eligible persons must own the land for 12 months before the end of the signup period, with the exception of inherited land.

  • Mo Bandy Plays For Woolsey Brothers' Customers

    Herb Woolsey, left, is pictured with musician Mo Bandy, who performed at Woolsey Brothers Farm Supply's 51st annual customer appreciation lunch and dinner on March 1.

    More than 650 guests participated in the event, which included a business report from Woolsey, a meal catered by Good Old Days restaurant in Brownstown and entertainment by Bandy and his band.

  • How we stacked up

    The Illinois Field Office of National Agricultural Statistics Service recently released the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2011 county estimates for corn and soybeans.
    Farmers in Woodford County led the way in corn yields, with an average of 186.5 bushels per acre, the highest in the state. That was more than 29 bushels above the state average of 157.
    Fayette County registered an average corn yield of 137.9 bushels per acre.

  • One more step for E-15

    America’s consumers are one step closer to expanded choices at the pump when they fill up, giving them the opportunity to save money while supporting a homegrown fuel.
    Illinois Corn Growers Association (ICGA) learned in mid February that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved industry-submitted research studies proving that E-15, a blend of 15 percent corn-based ethanol and 85 percent conventional gasoline, meets the government’s health effects requirements for any new fuel brought to market.

  • Illinois products expo to feature local foods, wines

    Fifty-four Illinois food companies will give away samples of their products this weekend at the 14th annual Illinois Products Expo.
    The aptly-titled “Food and Cooking Extravaganza,” which also features Illinois-made wines and agriculture-based products like soy candles, will be held Saturday and Sunday in the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds. In all, 77 companies are scheduled to participate.

  • Farm Briefs

    Temps up, precip down in February
    Above-normal temperatures and below-normal snowfall throughout the state continued into February. Some farmers are anticipating an early planting season if current conditions continue.
    Temperatures averaged 34.3 degrees, 4.6 degrees above normal. Total precipitation was 1.20 inches, .63 inches below normal.
    Farmers reported good progress for winter wheat, though the continually soft ground has challenged some winter livestock work.