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September 25, 2020

Illinois inventory of all hogs and pigs on September 1, 2020 was 5.40 million head, down 2 percent from June 1, 2020 and down 2 percent from last year.

Breeding inventory, at 580,000 head, was up 10,000 from the previous quarter but down 10,000 from last year. Market ho...

September 24, 2020

A fairly new company is focusing on sustainable agriculture, geared toward microbiology and soil health.

New Solutions Ag specializes in fertilizers which enhance microbial activity within the soil along with manure treatments utilizing biology to reduce the need for ch...

September 23, 2020

TREMONT – The 2021 planting season really begins now at harvest as farmers think about how this year’s residue distribution or tillage impacts emergence next spring.

This is a good time to plan for a smooth ride of your planter, says Eric Huber with Precision Planting.


September 22, 2020

FAIRBURY – The oldest family farm in Livingston County will be in the national spotlight Friday morning.

Fairbury’s own Spence Farm will be featured on ABC’s Good Morning America program which airs locally on Heart of Illinois ABC weekdays from 7-9 a.m. Spence Farm’s Wi...

September 22, 2020

There were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending September 20, according to the weekly crop progress and weather report for Illinois issued Monday.

Statewide, the average temperature was 62.5 degrees, 3.1 degrees below normal. There was no measurable pr...

September 21, 2020

SIBLEY – Early into the 2020 harvest season, Jason Birkenbeil is seeing better-than-expected yields.

Birkenbeil, who farms between Strawn and Sibley near the Ford/Livingston County line along Route 47, started harvesting corn last Wednesday. Moisture started out around...

September 21, 2020

As we prepare to head out to the fields for another harvest, let’s take a moment to think farm safety as it is National Farm Safety and Health Week.

The week is led by the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety, which is the ag partner of the National Safety...

September 20, 2020

There is a very strong interest in cover crops this year thanks to weed control issues.

Producers with fields free of weeds say they have a good herbicide program and cover crop program as well. Cover crops can also help reduce erosion, among other things.

“We like to ha...

September 19, 2020

President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced up to an additional $14 billion dollars for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.

Signup for the Coronavirus Food A...

September 18, 2020

More help is coming to farmers in the United States as President Trump has announced an additional $13 billion for growers impacted by the coronavirus.

The president made the announcement during a rally Thursday in Mosinee, Wisconsin. Previously, a $19 billion aid packa...

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