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  • 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.

  • 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:
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    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.