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Farm

  • CRP signup open through Aug. 27

    The Fayette County Farm Service Agency will conduct a Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup through Aug. 27.
    Producers with cropland not currently enrolled in CRP, or producers with CRP contracts expiring on Sept. 30, 2010, may submit offers.
    Land must have been planted, or considered planted four out of six crop years from 2002-2007.
    CRP contracts may be 10 or 15 years in length. Producers must have owned or operated the land for at least 12 months prior to Aug. 27, 2010. Recorded deeds will be required to prove ownership.

  • South Central FS partners with TGM in marketing pact

    South Central FS of Vandalia and Total Grain Marketing (TGM) of Effingham this week announced an agreement through  which South Central FS will join TGM, effective Aug. 31.
    TGM is a regional grain marketing venture, formed in 2006 by Effingham-Clay Service Co., Wabash Valley Service Co. and Growmark Inc. (the parent company of South Central FS).
    Byron Sikma, South Central FS general manager, said that joining TGM provides farmers greater access to grain markets.

  • Farm Progress Show to be held in Iowa this year

    Field demonstrations will are an integral part of the Farm Progress Show, also known as the “World’s Fair of Agriculture,” set to be held near Boone, Iowa, Aug. 31-Sept. 2.
    Three types of demonstrations are planned for this year’s show, weather permitting, said  Matt Jungmann, Farm Progress national shows manager.

  • State's crops still ahead of average

    Precipitation was sporadic throughout the state last week. Rainfall totals ranged from .38 inches in Central Illinois to 1.14 inches in Southern Illinois. Some farmers reported flooding and standing water that hindered crop development.
    However, most farmers reported dry conditions that allowed them to continue mowing and spraying, with a state average of 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork.
    The state averaged .63 inches of rainfall, which is .13 inches below normal. Temperatures averaged 77.1 degrees, which is 2.7 degrees above normal.

  • Farm production expenses fall

      After setting a record high in 2008, U.S. farm production expenditures decreased by nearly $20 billion in 2009 – the first major decline in nearly a quarter century, according to the Farm Production Expenditures 2009 summary released this week  by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
    The average production expenditures per farm fell 6.4 percent in 2009, from $140,075 to $131,137. Total U.S. expenditures totaled $287 billion, down from $307 billion in 2008.  

  • Making hay while the sun shines

    Clayton Whitten bales hay Tuesday afternoon on land along Zent Drive north of Vandalia. Recent rains have made for strong hay crops – if farmers can time it right to cut it, dry it and bale it before the next rains come. With temperatures in the mid 90s and humidity high, it was a hot job on Tuesday.