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  • GROWMARK plans to celebrate 'Year of Cooperatives' in 2012

    The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives, and GROWMARK is joining in the yearlong celebration.
    The international campaign kicked off on Oct. 31 in New York, and will highlight the contribution of cooperatives to socio-economic development, employment generation and social integration.

  • Harvest winding down; corn 89 percent, beans 94 percent

    Harvest progress was aided by 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork last week.
    Corn harvested now stands at 89 percent, compared to the five-year average of 71 percent.
    Soybeans harvested are at 94 percent, compared to the five-year average of 80 percent.
    Many producers are also busy with fall tillage activities, along with fertilizer and lime applications, and seeding winter wheat.
    Temperatures averaged 50.4 degrees, 1.2 degrees below normal with a few reports of heavy frost in the northern part of the state.

  • Weather aids harvest; yields mixed

    Thanks to nearly ideal fall weather, Fayette County farmers have harvested about 85 percent of their corn and soybeans. And some have finished.
    “This has been one of the good years for harvesting,” said Ron Marshel, Fayette County Farm Bureau manager. “Just excellent harvest weather.”
    Yields, however, have been all over the map.

  • Fall Tillage

    Clayton Paradee on Monday turns his tractor to till another round in a soybean field after it had been harvested.

    He was working for Emerick Farms in a field about a mile north of Vandalia. Fayette County Farm Bureau Manager Ron Marshel estimates that about 85 percent of the county's crops has been harvested.  

  • Corn, bean forecasts drop slightly in state

    The Illinois Field Office of NASS this week released the USDA’s October Crop Production Report. Highlights of the report include:
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  • Lessons from 2011

    By Dennis Bowman
    Champaign Extension Center

    What can we learn from the 2011 crop and season?
    It has been a year of extremes, a very wet April started the crop season, and – depending on your location – it stayed wet, got almost normal or turned into a blistering drought.
    The northern part of the state was wet throughout the season. The western and southern parts of the state were somewhat closer to normal. The central part of the state was hit with what has been meteorologically referred to as a moderate drought.

  • Harvest continues at a rapid pace... until rains arrive

    Temperatures decreased 3.1 degrees from the previous week to an average of 60.6 degrees, but still remained nearly 5 degrees above normal for the time period.
    Precipitation averaged 0.68 inches across the state, with a high of 0.9 inches being reported in the East Southeast district and a low of 0.4 inches in the West Southwest district. Normally, rainfall equals 0.51 inches for the time period.
    An average of 5.6 days suitable for field work was reported for the week.

  • New Flagpole at Farm Bureau

    Gerald Forehand, center, a member of the Fayette County Farm Bureau board and a Vietnam veteran, helps raise a new flag on a new flagpole at the organization's office on Sunset Avenue in Vandalia.

    With him are Ken Cripe and his grandson Thacker, left, and Ron Marshel, Farm Bureau manager, right.

  • FFA Members Attend Farm Progress Show

    Forty-two members of the Vandalia FFA Chapter traveled to the Farm Progress Show in Decatur on Aug. 31 to explore the world's largest outdoor machinery show.

    They toured dozens of booths and saw massive farm equipment displays. The shirts worn by the FFA members were provided by Mike Cripe at Vandalia Tractor Sales.

  • Nearly one-third of Illinois corn harvested

    Temperatures remained below normal for yet another week, averaging 56.6 degrees statewide. The average for the time period is 61.9 degrees. Light frost was seen in some areas at the end of the week.
    Most areas of the state received above-average rainfall, with isolated areas receiving as much as four inches. In other areas, rains were below normal. The average for the state was 1.23 inches, 0.59 inches above normal. Days suitable for fieldwork were 5.4. Topsoil moisture was 15 percent very short, 34 percent short, 48 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus.