• Census shows 2.1 million farms in U.S.

    There are now 3.2 million farmers operating 2.1 million farms on 914.5 million acres of farmland across the United States, according to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, released last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
    The agriculture census presents more than 6 million pieces of information, which provide a detailed look at the U.S. farm sector at the national, state and county levels.

  • Crops Getting Moisture

    Rains earlier this week built up soil moisture for this year's corn crop.

  • USDA set to survey farmers about '14 crops

    During the next several weeks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct two major mid-year surveys – the June Agricultural Survey and the June Area Survey. The agency will survey 4,000 producers in Illinois to determine crop production and supply levels in 2014.

  • Water Resources Act

    Illinois agriculture groups and officials applauded the passage last week of legislation that would authorize major renovations of the locks and dams on the Mississippi, Illinois and Ohio rivers.
    The U.S. House and the U.S. Senate both approval the Water Resources Reform Development Act (WRRDA). The house voted on the bill on May 20, passing it by a 412-4 margin. The Senate then approved the bill on May 22 by a vote of 91-7.

  • Corn planting 95 percent done, soybeans 64 percent

    Warm temperatures allowed soybean planting to reach 64 percent complete, 28 percentage points above the previous week.
    Other activities included spraying chemicals and cutting hay.
    There were scattered storms throughout the state, including some hail in the Northwest. But overall, conditions were warm and humid. Statewide precipitation averaged 0.19 inches, 0.74 inches below normal.
    Temperatures averaged 67.1 degrees, 1.7 degrees above normal. There were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork.

  • 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.