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Farm

  • Ag in the Classroom Volunteer of the Year

    During the past five years, Martha Cripe, left, has volunteered in Fayette County schools to promote the Fayette County Farm Bureau's 'Ag In The Classroom' program. For her work, she was recently named the Illinois Farm Bureau's 'Volunteer of the Year' for the entire state. She was presented with the award at the recent IFB convention in Chicago. Pictured with her is her husband Ken.  

  • Farm Briefs

    FSA's committee ballots due Monday
    Ballots are due next Monday for the Farm Service Agency's county committee elections. Those ballots were mailed to eligible voters in early November.
    "The role and input of our county committee members is more vital than ever at a time when our country faces important choices regarding the funding and operation of our government," said Scherrie Giamanco, FSA state executive director.

  • Corn growers react to crop insurance re-rating

    A decision this week in Washington, DC, means that the crop insurance investment made by Midwestern corn farmers more closely represents their risk, although officials with the Illinois Corn Growers Association say it still misses the mark on making sure that farmer and government investments stay out of corporate pockets.

  • GROWMARK essay contest open to high school FFAers

    The theme for the 2012 GROWMARK essay contest is “Cooperatives in a Global Environment.” The contest is open to all high school FFA members in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.
    This is the 19th year for the program, sponsored by the GROWMARK System and FS member cooperatives, in conjunction with state FFA leaders. The purpose of the contest is to help young people develop their writing skills, learn about current issues impacting agriculture and understand the unique role of cooperatives.

  • Frosty Morning

    Two of the cattle owned by Lurkins Brothers Polled Herefords of rural Vandalia enjoy the morning sun on Wednesday after temperatures dipped into the 20s Tuesday night.

    The brothers, Darrin and James, raise the cattle on the Lurkins family farm, which is located east of Vandalia on U.S. Route 40.

  • 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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