• ATVs, ROHVs have rules for on-road use

    Under certain conditions and only for purposes of farming, farmers are allowed to operate all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and Gator-type vehicles of limited size on county and township roads
    Those vehicles may not be driven on state highways or city streets, however. And a driver's license is required for on-road operation.
    Until, 2010, ATVs had been prohibited from anything more than crossing a public road unless a local ordinance provided further authorization.
    Non-farm use of ATVs on public roads is still prohibited.
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  • Meals In The ... Shed

    Farm Credit Services last week sponsored a meal on the farm of Lynn Wollerman, in first photo, northwest of Vandalia.

    The "Meals in the Fields" program provides a meal to give farmers a break during harvest activities. With crops maturing late this year, however, the meal was served in Wollerman's shed instead of in the field, since he hadn't started harvesting yet. Farm Credit Services provided more than 100 meals around the state.

  • Corn, bean stocks down 17 percent

    USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service this week reported that on Sept. 1, there were 824 million bushels of old crop corn and 141 million bushels of old crop soybeans in storage. Corn and soybean stocks stored in all positions were down 17 percent from 2012, according to the quarterly grain stocks report.

  • National Co-op Month

    GROWMARK, FS and other cooperatives across the United States are celebrating cooperative enterprise and the contributions cooperatives make to social and economic development as part of National Co-op Month in October.
    This year’s theme is “Collaborate, Communicate, Cooperate,” reflecting the benefits that arise from collaboration – the sharing of ideas, resources and capital, which helps individuals accomplish more together than they would on their own.

  • Temps up, precip down as Illinois harvest begins

    Above average temperatures and minimal precipitation last week allowed many producers to continue harvesting corn, soybeans and sorghum.
    Temperatures averaged 64.6 degrees for the week, 3.3 degrees above normal.
    Precipitation across the state averaged 0.28 inches, 0.47 inches below normal.
    There were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork.
    Topsoil moisture was rated at 21 percent very short, 49 percent short and 30 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture was rated at 24 percent very short, 45 percent short and 31 percent adequate.

  • Illinois among worst hit by 2012 insurance claims

    Extreme weather in 2012 forced the Federal Crop Insurance Program to pay out a record-breaking $17.3 billion in crop losses last year.
    That fact was among the information detailed in a crop insurance report and crop loss mapping tool released on Aug. 27.
    Those record-breaking crop insurance payouts smashed the trend of annual Federal Crop Insurance payouts from 2001-2010, when crop losses averaged just $4.1 billion a year.

  • Yield predictions stable for corn, down for beans

    The Illinois field office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service recently released its   September Crop Production Report. State and national highlights of the report include:

  • Crop survey shows 157 bushel corn, 38 beans

    James Lurkins strode into the cornfield like a man on a mission. He and his team of six made their way some 20 rows into the field and began their work.

  • Southwestern Electric meeting Saturday

    Southwestern Electric Cooperative members will gather to celebrate the cooperative’s 75th anniversary at its annual meeting this Saturday at 7 a.m. at Greenville Junior High School.
    Breakfast will be served from 7-9:30 a.m., and the event will conclude with a business meeting at 10 a.m.
    Members will vote on candidates for three open seats on the board of directors. In the district that includes Fayette County, the incumbent, Ann Schwarm of Loogootee, is unopposed.

  • Hot, dry weather having impact on Illinois' crops

    Hot, dry weather dominated the state, with measurable amounts of precipitation limited to the Northeast and Southeast districts.
    Statewide, temperatures averaged 80 degrees, which was 6.8 degrees above normal.
    Precipitation across the state averaged 0.30 inches, which is 0.53 inches below normal. The dry conditions across the state continue to have a negative impact on the crop conditions,  with many reports of firing in corn fields across the state.
    There were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork.