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  • Spotty rains last week leave most areas parched

    The average statewide temperature last week was slightly above normal at 73.8 degrees.

    Though most districts received little to no moisture last week, some northern areas received above-normal rainfall for an average of 0.54 inches for the state. The norm for the period is 0.76 inches.

    The rains helped some soybean fields, but in most areas crops remained in need of moisture. Under-filled pods and small beans were evident in a number of fields. Corn remained stressed.

  • High Wire Act

    A group of pigeons gathered on an electric line near the grain elevator in Hagarstown this week. With area corn not yet ready for harvest, the elevator remains quiet enough for the birds to roost undisturbed.

  • Drying Down

    Area corn fields are beginning to turn from green to brown as the crop matures and as dry conditions persist. Soybeans are perhaps being more negatively impacted, as the drought is limiting the plants' ability to fill out the beans within the pods.

  • Looking to 2012

    A tough growing season in 2011 won't dim the hopes of U.S. farmers, who plan to increase production of major crops in the coming year, according to Farm Futures magazine's first survey of 2012 planting intentions.

    Lured by high prices and good profit potential, producers said that they expect to plant record corn acres, along with strong increases for soybeans and wheat.

  • Farm Briefs

    IFB applauds ruling on CDL exemption
    Illinois Farm Bureau leaders this week applauded the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for listening to farmers’ concerns about the interpretation of agricultural transportation regulations and commercial drivers’ license provisions.

  • August crop report

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    The 2011 Illinois corn crop is expected to yield 170 bushels per acre, up 13 bushels from last year’s yield. Production of corn for grain would be 2.09 billion bushels, up 7 percent from 2010. Generally wet conditions led to a slower planting season than is typical, but warmer-than-average temperatures have allowed the crop progress to keep pace with the five-year average.

  • Cooler temps favorable for crop growth in state

    Slightly cooler weather and scattered showers across much of the state made for a favorable growing week, and was a welcomed change from the hot and dry conditions experienced throughout the summer thus far. Statewide, temperatures averaged 72.5 degrees last week, 1.2 degrees below normal.
    The northern portion of the state experienced slightly above-normal precipitation; however, statewide precipitation was nearly 0.2 inches below average, ending the week at 0.65 inches.

  • One More Cutting

    With the recent rains and sunny weather, area hay fields are growing again. Here, Clayton Whitten bales a field just north of Vandalia along Ill. Route 185 last week.

  • Farm Briefs

    Website connects farmers to world
    Today’s farmers and ranchers are so busy increasing their productivity to meet the needs of a growing world that they don’t have time to sit and visit with their neighbors like they used to. However, there is still great value in building relationships, sharing information and asking for advice.
    A new website and mobile application, cropnation, will allow farmers and ranchers to connect with each other, whether they are across the country or across the section.

  • FSA program deadlines set

    Several deadlines are approaching for Illinois USDA Farm Service Agency programs.
    NAP coverage is required on all non-insurable crops, and crop insurance is required on insurable crops to remain eligible for most disaster programs.
     Among the deadlines are:
    Aug. 31 – Final application closing date for 2012 Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage on canola.