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Farm

  • 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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  • 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.