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Farm

  • Wet weather woes continue

    As the door closes on one of the weirdest – and wettest – planting seasons in recent memory, Ron Marshel offered an assessment of the situation.

  • Farm Briefs

    Wet conditions slow field work
    Conditions were favorable for crops last week, with warm days and periods of rain. The average statewide temperature was 64 degrees, 1.5 degrees below normal.
    Precipitation was high, averaging 2.83 inches for the state, while the norm for the time period is 1.03 inches.

  • NASCAR fans have opportunity to learn about farming at race

    Illinois farmers have an opportunity to join the Family Farmers High Performance Team, bringing the farm to more than 30,000 NASCAR fans this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.
    Kenny Wallace, currently the seventh-ranking driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, will pilot the "Family Farmers" car in Saturday's race, which will be aired live at 7 p.m. on ESPN.
    Partnered with the television exposure of the "Family Farmers" car, the nearly 18,000-square-foot "Farm Experience" will allow race fans to learn more about farming, and more importantly, meet family farmers themselves.

  • Remember conservation compliance on new land

    This year is shaping up as an interesting one for Illinois crop producers.
    With high commodity prices tempting farmers to use every available acre of land, many producers have purchased or are renting land they aren’t familiar with.

  • Sharing the road with farmers

    With the spring planting season once again going strong, the Illinois State Police this week reminded motorists to continue to use caution while traveling on rural roadways.
    Rick Britton, District 12 commander, reminded motorists to be on the lookout for farmers as they move equipment from field to field.
    "They will be traveling at speeds of 25 miles per hour or less," he said. "Drivers should be aware and prepared to slow down when encountering farm vehicles. We want this to be a safe season for motorists and farmers alike."

  • Assistance available for flooding, tornadoes

    Crop and livestock farmers who have experienced damage from recent flooding or tornadoes are reminded that Farm Service Agency programs may be available to assist with their recovery.
    "Severe weather this spring is making things very difficult for many farmers," said Bruce Nelson, acting administer of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency. "Learning about our FSA disaster programs is an important first step in the recovery process for producers."

  • They're Baaaaaack!

    Cicadas emerged last week from their underground homes of the past 13 years and began their above-ground life cycle. The noisy insects inhabit wooded areas and the males can be heard "singing" to attract females. Their song has been described as a slow repetition of the word "pharaoh."

  • Ag In Classroom Gives Books

    Martha Cripe, right, Fayette County Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom coordinator, recently presented three books to Tara Tarter, librarian at Vandalia Elementary School and Jefferson Primary School.

    The books are about soybeans and the role they play in agriculture. The three books are: "Soybeans in the Story of Agriculture," "Awesome Agriculture – Soybeans an A-Z Book" and "The Super Soybean."  

  • Break in weather allows state's farmers to make planting strides

    Temperatures were above normal with a statewide average of 66.6 degrees. The average for the time period is 61.7 degrees.
    Rains resumed toward the end of the week for an average of 1.09 inches statewide. The norm for the time period is 0.9 inches.
    The number of days suitable for fieldwork averaged 4.7. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent short, 58 percent adequate, and 41 percent surplus.
    With higher temperatures and dry weather for the majority of the week, planting was in full swing, even though some acres were being replanted.

  • Crop report predicts rise in wheat, hay

    Winter Wheat
    The Illinois winter wheat crop is expected to yield 61 bushels per acre, based on conditions as of May 1. That is five bushels above last year’s yield.
    If this yield is realized, total production would be 44.5 million bushels, more than two and a half times last year’s production. Farmers seeded 760,000 acres to winter wheat last fall,  and expect to harvest 730,000 acres for grain.
    This compares to 330,000 acres seeded and 295,000 acres harvested in 2010.