• Illinois' winter wheat numbers up

     The Illinois field office of National Agricultural Statistics Service last week released the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s July Crop Production Report. State and national highlights of the report include:

  • Artistry in Agriculture

    Rows of soybeans following the contours of a field west of Vandalia create an artistic pattern as the plants grow.

    Area crops vary widely, with some beans only inches tall, while some corn is already in the silk stage. Virtually all crops are planted now, with the exception of bean re-planting in low areas.

  • 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 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.