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Farm

  • Wheat projected at 64 bushels per acre; all-farm price index up 2 points
  • CRP signup continues through June 14

    Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently reminded farmers and ranchers that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is conducting a four-week Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup period that will end on June 14.

  • SIU-C releases 'Saluki' disease-resistant soybean

    Midwestern soybean farmers looking for a high-yield variety with built-in disease resistance will soon have a new option – Saluki 4313, developed at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
    Stella K. Kantartzi, associate professor in the Department of Plant, Soil and Agricultural Systems and principal investigator in the Plant Breeding and Genetics Lab, said the SIU Soybean Germplam and Variety Committee recently approved the variety’s release.

  • Heavy rains limit fieldwork in past week

    Heavy rains fell across most of the state last week, hindering planting progress and affecting crop conditions.
    Statewide, total precipitation averaged 3.70 inches, with some regions receiving close to 4.5 inches. With excessive rains causing flooding across the state, many fields are likely to require replanting.
    Localized severe weather caused damage to buildings and trees in various locations, while dumping several    inches of rain.
    Temperatures across the state averaged 69 degrees for the week, 1.7 degrees above normal.

  • Banners promote safety on rural roads

    With this year’s prolonged planting season keeping the county’s farmers traveling to and from their fields, the Fayette County Farm Bureau and other organizations are reminding motorists of the dangers of sharing the roads with oversized agricultural equipment.

  • Updated farm estate planning book out

    The 17th edition of "Farm Estate and Business Planning" by Dr. Neil Harl is now available.
    This 471-page, soft-cover book is a guide for farmers and ranchers who want to make the most of the state and federal income and estate tax laws to allow the least expensive and most efficient transfer of  their estates to their children and heirs.

  • Fayette County Farm Bureau presents two $1,000 scholarships for ag students

    The Fayette County Farm Bureau Foundation has awarded scholarships to two local students who are planning careers in agriculture.

  • Crop predictions

    The Illinois field office of NASS this week released the USDA’s May Crop Report. Highlights of the report include:
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  • Corn planting starts in some parts of state

    Farmers in Northern and Eastern Illinois last week were able to plant corn where soils were dry enough.
    Little progress was made across the rest of the state as farmers were sidelined waiting for saturated soils to dry.
    Rains fell again late in the week, stalling any drying that had occurred. The heaviest rainfall totals fell over the south central portions of the state, where more than an inch was received. In other areas of the state, totals were generally less than an inch.

  • Finally!

    After a welcome break from this spring's rainy patterns, Fayette County farmers finally got into the fields to begin preparations for planting.

    In this photo, taken Tuesday night in a field in the Shafter area, one employee of Lay Farms works up the soil while another follows immediately after with the planter.