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  • Price of farmland stays strong in downturn

    Unlike many other assets whose values have tanked this past year, farmland prices have not fallen during the recent troubled economic times.
    A recent University of Illinois report examined this phenomenon. The report is an installment of Farm Economics Facts and Opinions, and is posted on the University of Illinois farmdoc website.

  • CAP program offers relief for farmers

    The Fayette County Farm Service Agency announced this week that producers can begin to sign up for the United States Department of Agriculture's Crop Assistance Program.
    CAP provides disaster aid to producers in specified counties whose soybeans, rice, upland cotton or sweet potato production was adversely affected by excessive moisture and related conditions in 2009.
    The signup window ends on Dec. 9, 2010.

  • Vandalia FFA attends convention

    Brenden Cripe, Aubrey Edwards, Jacob Rau, Madison White and chapter adviser Todd Ehlers recently attended the 83rd annual National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.
    More than 55,000 FFA members from across the United States attended the four-day event.  
    During the convention sessions at the Conseco Fieldhouse,  the group listened to speakers such as motivational speaker Josh Shipp, U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, National FFA Adviser Dr. Larry Case and retiring addresses from the national FFA officers.

  • Farm Briefs

    Dry conditions hurt pastures and wheat

    Statewide temperatures and precipitation were near normal last week, with the northern half of the state experiencing slightly cooler temperatures and greater rainfall totals.

    Most soils across the state continue to be in need of additional moisture due to the high winds last week that rapidly dried up any rain that was received.

    The acres of corn that remain to be harvested experienced some lodging after the high winds.

  • Favorable weather aids harvest progress

     Last week was yet another warm and dry period for all of the state. Harvest progression has slowed slightly, as much of what is left is in isolated pockets throughout the state.
    Most areas of the state are very close to being done with corn harvest, and are wrapping up the harvest of the late-planted soybeans as well.

  • Harvest winding down

    As of Oct. 1, the corn for grain yield in Illinois was expected to drop 14 bushels from the Sept. 1 forecast to 160 bushels per acre. Production would be 1.98 billion bushels, 3 percent less than last year’s crop.
    As of Oct. 3, 74 percent of the crop was harvested, which compares to 5 percent last year at this time and a five-year average of 31 percent. This year’s harvest progress is just 1 percentage point behind the record level of 75 percent in 1991, and advanced throughout the month of September right at that pace.

  • EPA approval of E15 meets mixed reviews

    The approval last week by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of a higher  ethanol fuel blend was met with mixed reviews in agriculture circles.
    EPA’s endorsement of the 15- percent ethanol blend encouraged  producers, who have waited years for the current 10 percent blend to be raised.

  • Bountiful Beans

    Larry Snyder, an employee of Cripe Grain in Bluff City, oversees the dumping of a load of soybeans on Monday. Most area farmers have finished with corn and are nearing the end of the soybean harvest. Favorable weather has resulted in extraordinary yields and a quick harvest for many producers.

  • Farm Briefs

    GROWMARK aid to Lucas Benning

    Lucas Benning, an agronomy management major at Illinois State University, is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from  GROWMARK, Inc. He is the son of Carl and Karen Benning of Shobonier.

    This year, the regional agricultural supply and grain marketing cooperative presented 39 scholarships, totaling $41,500, to students majoring in agriculture or accounting from 14 colleges and universities.

  • Illinois grain stocks down from 2009

    Corn stocks in all positions in Illinois on Sept. 1 totaled 246.3 million bushels, down 18 percent from last year’s stocks of 298.9 million bushels. Off-farm stocks, at 206.3 million bushels, accounted for 84 percent of the total. The indicated disappearance from all positions for the June-August quarter was 519 million bushels, up slightly from the same time a year ago.