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Today's News

  • Fayette County Speedway cancels Friday's events

    Friday's races at Fayette County Speedway have been canceled due to excessive heat. The Speedway will reschedule for the event for sometime in August.

    The next scheduled racing is on Aug. 5.

  • Thursday – Treasurer, first treasury box visit Vandalia

    State Treasurer Dan Rutherford visited the Vandalia Statehouse on Wednesday afternoon, arriving about four hours after Illinois' first treasurer money storage box and pan scales.

    Rutherford was accompanied by Linda Norbut Suits, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency curator Linda Norbut Suits, who told about the history of the money storage box.

    The treasurer's box and pan scales were taken on Wednesday afternoon back to Springfield, where they are displayed in the Old State Capitol.

  • Fun at the Fair
  • July crop report

    ILLINOIS CROPS
    WHEAT: The Illinois wheat yield for the 2011 crop is estimated to average 61 bushels per acre, based on the July 1 surveys, down one bushel per acre from the June forecast. Total production would be 43.9 million bushels, more than 2.5 times the 2010 production of 16.5 million bushels.
    Acreage expected to be harvested for grain is 720,000, more than double the harvested acres in 2010. As of July 3, 75 percent of the wheat acres were harvested, compared to 82 percent last year and the five-year average of 70 percent.

  • Heat, lack of rain are affecting crops

    Statewide temperatures were 2.2 degrees above normal last week, averaging 78.4 degrees.
    Precipitation averaged 0.51 inches, 0.19 inches below normal. The far southern districts of the state received more than  1 inch of rain. Northern areas, however, were again below average in rainfall. Topsoil moisture was rated 9 percent very short, 29 percent short, 54 percent adequate and 8 percent surplus.
    Hot and dry crops were beginning to show stress.

  • Corn acres higher than expected; prices may fall

    With the release of USDA’s June Grain Stocks and Acreage reports comes a fundamental shift in the corn market, suggesting that corn prices will come under considerable pressure, according to University of Illinois agricultural economist Darrel Good.

  • Farm Briefs

    USDA reinstates farm labor survey
    In July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will resume its Agricultural Labor Survey after the U.S. Department of Labor agreed to pay its costs. NASS suspended the survey in April due to budget constraints.

  • Smooth as Silk

    Most area corn plants – like this one in a field southwest of Vandalia – have moved into the silking stage.

    Hot weather has produced significant growth in recent days, but some plants are beginning to show signs of stress as dry conditions persist.

  • Dean's List

    McKendree University
    Chelsy Durbin of St. Elmo was named to the dean's list for the spring 2011 semester at McKendree University in Lebanon.


    Durbin is the daughter of Charlie and Nancy Durbin of St. Elmo and is a 2008 graduate of St. Elmo High School.
    To earn dean's list honors, McKendree students must have a grade-point average of at least 3.6 on a 4 scale.

  • Rebbe among LLC students honored

    Several Lake Land College Honors Program students were recognized recently at the annual honors luncheon.