.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Farm

  • 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.

  • Taiwan signs pact to buy $3 billion worth of Illinois corn

    Illinois farmers sealed a two-year deal last week with a team of Taiwanese grain buyers to source corn from Illinois.
    Formalizing the agreement, Illinois Corn Marketing Board (ICMB) Chairman Bill Christ signed a letter of intent with the Taiwan Feed Industry Association in a ceremony at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
    Representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture hosted the 22-member trade delegation as part of a goodwill mission designed to further a long-standing trade relationship.

  • September grain stocks are reported

    The Illinois Field Office of NASS this week released the USDA’s September Grain Stocks Report. State and national highlights of the report include:
    ILLINOIS

  • Head blight threatens Illinois' wheat plants

    Research results from the 2011 Fusarium head blight evaluations are now available on the University of Illinois Variety Testing website for growers to consider when choosing wheat varieties this fall.

  • Harvest In High Gear

    Aaron Draege, in the combine, and Allen Handigan, in the tractor pulling grain cart, harvest corn Monday in a field southwest of Vandalia.

    Area fields are yielding up to 180 bushels per acre, with some spots producing considerably less due to the difficult weather conditions this growing season.

  • 'Keep it for the Crop' is IEPA theme for program

    Dry conditions persisted across the state last week. Precipitation was below normal in all districts,  for an average of 0.35 inches state-wide, 0.34 inches below average.
    Temperatures were also below normal averaging 63.1 degrees for the state. The norm for the week is 69.9 degrees.
    There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork.

  • Precip, temps still below normal

    Dry conditions persisted across the state last week. Precipitation was below normal in all districts,  for an average of 0.35 inches state-wide, 0.34 inches below average.
    Temperatures were also below normal averaging 63.1 degrees for the state. The norm for the week is 69.9 degrees.
    There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork.

  • Corn, bean yields predicted to decline

    The Illinois Field Office of NASS this week released the USDA’s September Crop Production Report. Highlights of the report include:
    ILLINOIS
    The 2011 Illinois corn crop is expected to yield 161 bushels per acre, down 9 bushels from the August forecast. The yield is down as a result of the exceptionally hot weather experienced while much of the crop was in the pollination stage. Production of corn for grain would be 1.98 billion bushels, up 2 percent from 2010.