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Today's News

  • Getting Ready for Survey
  • Farm Briefs

    Dry weather aids corn development

    Very little, if any, precipitation, was received last week across the state, which continued to speed the crops along in their development.

    Temperatures were more moderate last week, with the statewide average temperature being below normal for the first time since early July.

    There were 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork last week across the state, making it a good week to put up good quality hay.

    The corn crop advanced to 87 percent dented, compared to the five-year average of 61 percent.

  • Growmark ends strong financial year

    GROWMARK officials this week reported unaudited, estimated results for the fiscal year that ended Aug. 31.
    Senior Vice President of Finance Jeff Solberg announced sales of $6 billion for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. GROWMARK net income is estimated to be $81 million.

  • Farmland values increase

    Farmland values in Illinois recovered from a mild hiccup in 2009, and so far this year have returned to an upward trend that began after the 1980s farm crisis, according to a recent article in FarmWeek.
    The annual land values and cash rent report, released in August by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, showed Illinois' farm real estate value, a measurement of the value of all land and buildings on farms, increased by $120 per acre from 2009 to 2010. Land now averages $4,650 per acre.

  • Survey shows acreage increases for '11 crops

    Thanks to an improving price outlook, U.S. growers appear ready to increase plantings of corn, soybeans and wheat for harvest in 2011, according to Farm Futures’ first survey of new crop acreage intentions for the coming year.
    Survey results were released this week.
    The survey found that corn acres could increase almost 2 percent in 2011, to 89.5 million acres, compared with 87.9 million  acres sown this spring. That would be the second biggest crop put in since the end of World War II.

  • Fayette County Speedway Results from Aug. 27

    FRIDAY, August 27
    UMP DIRTcar Street Stock Division - 12 cars
    Heat 1
    1.    97    Josh Griffith
    2.    3D    BJ Deal
    3.    37    Rick Rush
    4.    21    Coleman Scott
    Heat 2
    1.    27    Keith Harre
    2.    1*    Tyler Blankenship
    3.    98B    David Barker

  • Local volleyball results (Aug. 26)

    Aug. 26
    The Brownstown High School volleyball team lost its season opener to Dieterich High School, falling in straight sets, 25-13 and 25-8.
    Bethany Oberlink had three digs, one block and one ace for the Bombers. Morgan Stinebring led the team with two kills and added an ace and three assists.

  • Local baseball results (Aug. 24-30)

    Monday, Aug. 30
    St. Elmo 10
    Sandoval 0
    The St. Elmo baseball team won its first game of the season,  shutting out Sandoval, 10-0, in five innings on Monday.
    Kase Stolte (1-1) went the distance for St. Elmo in its home opener, striking out five while allowing just two hits and one walk.
    Blaine Scholes led the Eagles offensively with a 3-for-4 effort, and Connor Beasley slugged St. Elmo’s first home run of the season. Levi Maxey and Woodsen Savage drove in two runs each.

  • St. Elmo falls to Beecher City, Stew-Stras; defeats Altamont

    Aug. 27
    Beecher City 24
    St. Elmo 21
    The St. Elmo Middle School softball team took a 20-5 lead to the bottom of the sixth, but Beecher City rallied for 19 runs and took Friday’s game 24-21.
    Emily Bone was the only Eagle with two hits, but collectively, the team reached base via a walk or a hit-by-pitch 22 times. Kyrstyn Fitch (0-1) took the loss for St. Elmo.

  • Vandalia golfers stand at 5-4 early in the year

    Aug. 19
    At Governor’s Run in Carlyle
    Vandalia-175
    Carlyle-173
    Breese-168
    Woodlawn-169
    Vandalia scores-Wes Lindsey, 38; Derrick Herker, 43; Zach Jackson, 44; Josh Lawson, 50; Devin Schukar, 57; and Wyatt Summann, 64.

    Aug. 23
    At Oak Terrace
    Vandalia-181
    Pana-197
    Vandalia scores-Wes Lindsey, 44; Derrick Herker, 45; Zach Jackson, 47; Josh Lawson, 45; and Devin Schukar, 50.