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Farm

  • Cornrow Creations

    Emerging corn plants in this field south of Hagarstown form a wavelike pattern as the rows follow the contours of the field. State statistics indicate that Illinois farmers are 95 percent complete with corn planting and 64 percent complete with soybean planting.  

  • Wireless networking can work on farms

    Wireless networking, Wi-Fi, Internet signals – whatever term you use, it means sharing information between computers or devices that are not connected through cables or wires. Information is instead converted to radio signals and transmitted through the air.

  • Corn planting to 32 percent

    Producers made significant planting progress in the field last week as temperatures slowly increased throughout the state.

  • Soil moisture levels high across Illinois

    Soil moisture levels in Illinois are high in the middle of April, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring (WARM) program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois.
    Soil moisture levels at 2 inches averaged 37 percent by volume across the state on April 14, just at the field capacity for most of the soils measured.

  • Celebrating 60 years

    In 1954, when Herb Woolsey and his brother, Gerald, launched Woolsey Brothers Farm Supply, their products included animal feed, animal health supplies, pre-fab farm buildings and live chickens.

  • Heavy rains, cool temps halt fieldwork in state

    Severe storms and heavy rainfall continued throughout the state last week.

  • Corn Impact

    The difference in corn prices between 2012 and 2013 means a nearly $7.5 billion loss to the Illinois economy.
    Data resulting from an analysis conducted by Western Illinois University’s (WIU) Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs clearly illustrate the close tie between a strong corn industry and economic activity across the state of Illinois.
    “When corn prices are strong, the impacts are felt statewide,” said Gary Hudson, Illinois Corn Growers Association (ICGA) president.

  • Doing battle with soybean cyst nematode

    Southern Illinois University Carbondale is helping Midwest soybean farmers combat a parasitic roundworm – the soybean cyst nematode, sometimes referred to as the “billion dollar pest.” And they are using the soybean itself to do it.

  • Waiting on the Weather

    Though area farmers got in a little fieldwork before the rains returned, much of that work came to a halt last week when heavy rains hit the area.

    This tractor and tillage equipment sits stranded in a soggy field north of Vandalia. Very little of the state's corn has been planted.

  • Illinois: Corn acres down 1 percent, beans up 1 percent

    Illinois corn growers  intend to plant 11.9 million acres of corn in 2014, down 1 percent from 2013.
    Soybean planted area is expected to total 9.5 million acres, up 1 percent from the previous year.
    Sorghum is expected to be planted in 30,000 acres, up 30 percent from 2013.
    Winter wheat area seeded last fall is estimated at 740,000 acres, down 15 percent from the previous year.
    The area planted to oats is expected to total 35,000 acres, down 12 percent from 2013.