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Farm

  • Not enough rain to really help crops

    Illinois Department
    of Agriculture

    Much of the state finally saw some rain this week, but not enough to significantly alter crop conditions.

  • Farm Briefs

    Jamie Kruenegel receives award
    Jamie Kruenegel of Vandalia Community High School was recently presented the school's highest agricultural honor, the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award, sponsored by Monsanto.
    Kruenegel, the daughter of David and Stacy Kruenegel, received the award for excellence in academics, leadership and agricultural work.
    Her accomplishments include being the 2009 state runner-up in the GROWMARK essay contest, the 2009/2010 Star Chapter Greenhand, 2012 Star Chapter Agribusiness.

  • Dry weather impacts corn roots

    In better-watered areas of Illinois where the corn crop is well established, the return of warm temperatures has caused very rapid growth.
    Corn planted in Central Illinois in mid March and not damaged by frost has accumulated about 900 growing degree days (GDD) by now, and thus has reached stage V9 or V10, the point at which stem elongation accelerates. Such fields will likely show tassels by mid-June. Corn planted in early April has accumulated about 650 GDD and is at V7. Corn planted in mid-April is at V5, having accumulated approximately 520 GDD.

  • Rainfall and moderating temperatures help crops

    Last week, some much-needed rainfall provided relief from the hot and dry conditions of the previous weeks.
    Statewide, precipitation averaged 0.71 inches, still 0.19 inch below the norm, but more than double what the previous three weeks had averaged.
    Temperatures also moderated slightly, to 66.3 degrees, 1.4 degrees below average for the week.
    Producers were busy side dressing corn and spraying fields now that many have completed planting corn and soybeans.

  • Chest High By The Fourth Of June

    Though conditions are turning dry in much of Fayette County, the early planting season has placed both corn and soybeans several weeks ahead of normal. This corn, located near Vandalia Airport, was chest high on June 4 – well ahead of the old "knee high by the Fourth of July" standard. The early corn – as well as the later-planted soybeans – now are in dire need of some moisture.

  • Farm-hauling issue resolved

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced last week that it will consider Illinois farmers hauling commodities in most circumstances to be intrastate commerce, effectively resolving the concerns of Illinois farmers.

  • Four local students receive Farm Bureau scholarships

    The Fayette County Farm Bureau Foundation recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to four local students who are planning on future careers in agriculture.

  • Corn planting done; soybean planting begins

    Last week, weather patterns returned to more normal conditions, and fieldwork resumed at a brisk pace in most parts of Illinois.
    Statewide precipitation averaged 0.67 inches, which was 0.34 below average. Temperatures were 62 degrees statewide. The drier conditions led to 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork.
    Corn planted reached 95 percent statewide, 30 percent above the five-year average of 65 percent. Corn emerged reached 76 percent, 41 percent above the five-year average.

  • May crop report

    ILLINOIS
    The Illinois winter wheat crop is expected to yield 62 bushels per acre, based on conditions as of May 1, which is one bushel above last year’s yield. If this yield is realized, total production would be 39.06 million bushels, 16 percent less than last year’s production.

  • Diagnosing wheat viruses

    Wheat leaves displaying symptoms of virus infection, such as purple and yellow leaf tips or mosaic symptoms, have been observed in fields across the state, according to University of Illinois plant pathologist Carl Bradley.