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Farm

  • June wheat update

    The Illinois Field Office of National Agricultural Statistics Service last week released the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s June Crop Production Report.
    State and national highlights of the report include:
    ILLINOIS
    The Illinois wheat yield for the 2012 crop is estimated to average 61 bushels per acre, based on the June 1 surveys, down one bushel from the May 1 forecast, but the same as last year.
    Total production would be 38.4 million bushels, a decrease of 18 percent from the 2011 production of 46.7 million bushels.

  • FSA accepts 3.9 million acres for CRP

    Scherrie V. Giamanco, USDA Illinois Farm Service Agency (FSA) executive director, announced last week that 2,276 CRP offers – which include 52,190 acres – were accepted during the 43rd Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup.  
    Nationwide, USDA accepted enrollment of 3.9 million acres, bringing the total program enrollment to 29.6 million acres.
    “For more than 25 years, CRP has protected natural resources in Illinois while providing economic and environmental benefits to rural communities throughout the state,” Giamanco said.

  • Not enough rain to really help crops

    Illinois Department
    of Agriculture

    Much of the state finally saw some rain this week, but not enough to significantly alter crop conditions.

  • Farm Briefs

    Jamie Kruenegel receives award
    Jamie Kruenegel of Vandalia Community High School was recently presented the school's highest agricultural honor, the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award, sponsored by Monsanto.
    Kruenegel, the daughter of David and Stacy Kruenegel, received the award for excellence in academics, leadership and agricultural work.
    Her accomplishments include being the 2009 state runner-up in the GROWMARK essay contest, the 2009/2010 Star Chapter Greenhand, 2012 Star Chapter Agribusiness.

  • Dry weather impacts corn roots

    In better-watered areas of Illinois where the corn crop is well established, the return of warm temperatures has caused very rapid growth.
    Corn planted in Central Illinois in mid March and not damaged by frost has accumulated about 900 growing degree days (GDD) by now, and thus has reached stage V9 or V10, the point at which stem elongation accelerates. Such fields will likely show tassels by mid-June. Corn planted in early April has accumulated about 650 GDD and is at V7. Corn planted in mid-April is at V5, having accumulated approximately 520 GDD.

  • Rainfall and moderating temperatures help crops

    Last week, some much-needed rainfall provided relief from the hot and dry conditions of the previous weeks.
    Statewide, precipitation averaged 0.71 inches, still 0.19 inch below the norm, but more than double what the previous three weeks had averaged.
    Temperatures also moderated slightly, to 66.3 degrees, 1.4 degrees below average for the week.
    Producers were busy side dressing corn and spraying fields now that many have completed planting corn and soybeans.

  • Chest High By The Fourth Of June

    Though conditions are turning dry in much of Fayette County, the early planting season has placed both corn and soybeans several weeks ahead of normal. This corn, located near Vandalia Airport, was chest high on June 4 – well ahead of the old "knee high by the Fourth of July" standard. The early corn – as well as the later-planted soybeans – now are in dire need of some moisture.

  • Farm-hauling issue resolved

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced last week that it will consider Illinois farmers hauling commodities in most circumstances to be intrastate commerce, effectively resolving the concerns of Illinois farmers.

  • 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.