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  • Farm Briefs

    May 31 reporting deadline for crops
    May 31 is the final deadline to report fall-seeded crops, according to the Fayette County Farm Service Agency.
    Annual reports are required for producers receiving benefits on DEC, ACRE, Federal Crop Insurance, CRP rental payments, commodity loans, NAP and SURE payments.
    Timely and accurate acreage reports are necessary to maintain planting history on a farm and to ensure program benefits are not jeopardized.
    Late-file reporting after May 31 costs a minimum of $46.

  • Farm Briefs

    Warm, dry weather patterns persist
    The warm and dry weather continued throughout the state last week.
    Statewide, temperatures averaged 57.7 degrees, 10.9 degrees above normal.
    Total precipitation averaged 0.29 inches, 0.64 inches below normal.
    As a result of the weather patterns, soil temperatures are warm enough for planting, and the majority of farmers have completed their pre-planting fieldwork. Most are waiting on the “go date” for their area to arrive, but many have at least some corn in the ground.

  • Ready To Go

    Though not many area farmers have begun planting, plenty are out in the fields doing tillage work or applying anhydrous ammonia.

    In this picture, a farmer is silhouetted against the late afternoon sun as he prepares a field northwest of Vandalia on Tuesday. Illinois farmers are planning to plant slightly fewer acres of corn and slightly more acres of soybeans. Nationwide, farmers will plant the highest number of acres of corn in the past 75 years.

  • 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:
    ILLINOIS
    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.