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Farm

  • Report: Illinois corn acres down, beans up

    The Illinois Field Office of NASS this week released the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s June Acreage and Grain Stocks Reports. Highlights of the report include:
    Corn
    Corn planted in Illinois in 2013 is estimated at 12.2 million acres, unchanged from the March Prospective Plantings Report, and down 600,000  acres from last year.

  • Illinois Farm Bureau rolls out new brand tagline: 'Farm.Family.Food.'

    The Illinois Farm Bureau last week launched an updated brand and new tagline – “Farm. Family. Food.” – in an effort to tell both IFB members and the general public more about who the organization represents and for what it stands.
    “While IFB is known as an advocate for agriculture, we would like to better reflect to our members and public the full scope of what we do,” said IFB President Philip Nelson.

  • Farm Briefs

    McDowell competes in auctioneer contest
    Andrew McDowell of Vandalia, competed in the World Livestock Auctioneer Contest last Friday in Montgomery, Ala.
    The contest is an annual event sponsored by the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA), in conjunction with its annual meeting and is held at various markets throughout the U.S. and Canada.
    McDowell is sponsored by Greenville Livestock Auction, which is Illinois’ largest livestock auction market. Owned by J.R. Hugo, and Travis and Shaina Diekemper, it is a second-generation, family owned business.

  • Soil moisture remains above normal

    Soil moisture levels remained slightly above normal for the middle of June in Illinois, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring (WARM) program manager at the Prairie Research Institute, Illinois State Water Survey at the University of Illinois.

  • Corn planting complete, beans near 90 percent

    With corn planting nearing completion, many farmers were able to move their focus to soybean planting, causing a noticeable 28 percent increase in soybeans planted this week.
    Due to frequent showers in some parts of the state, some farmers were scrambling to get hay cut and baled. Precipitation averaged 0.98 inches across the state, right in line with normal.
    Temperatures across the state averaged 72.8 degrees for the week, 1.0 degree above normal.
    There were 4.90 days suitable for fieldwork last week.

  • Another Rain Delay

    Last weekend's rains put a halt to fieldwork in most of Fayette County.

    Before those showers came, area farmers had virtually completed their corn planting, and were well into soybean planting. Statewide, 90 percent of the beans are in the ground, and 67 percent have emerged. The rig pictured above sits near a field just north of Vandalia – just waiting for the soil to dry.

  • 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.