February 24, 2020

With the end of February upon us, planting season will be here in no time.

This sounds crazy but it’s true. In a matter of weeks, we will be out there putting this year’s corn and soybean crops in the ground. Before heading out to the field, you may be contacted by the...

February 17, 2020

I feel like a sponge as I continue to soak in various information from my winter ag meeting tour.

A recent visit to the Jenner Precision winter meeting allowed me to hear Ken Ferree speak. Ferree owns Crop-Tech Consulting in Heyworth, a soil testing firm that creates yi...

February 10, 2020

Farm meeting season is in full swing and the Central Illinois Farm Network is happy to be participating in a couple of events planned for March.

“Agronomy Day: An Educational Panel” will be held Thursday, Mar. 5 at the Central Illinois Connection Center in downtown Chat...

February 3, 2020

If you were hoping for climbing crop prices in 2020, this may not be your year.

All it takes is something garnering international attention such as the coronavirus to scare the markets. Curt Kimmel from Bates Commodities feels this will keep a lid on prices moving forwa...

January 27, 2020

I suddenly have a craving for funnel cakes and lemonade shakeups. Maybe it’s because we just attended the annual Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs Convention in Springfield.

Our family made the annual trip for a weekend of fun helping out the IAAF by emceeing t...

January 20, 2020

Trade tensions were calmed last week when President Donald Trump signed the United States-China Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement during a signing ceremony at the White House.

I certainly hope this trade deal is the start of better times for agriculture. While this...

January 13, 2020

After almost eight years have passed since my time as news and programming director on the Pontiac, Illinois radio airwaves, I still get comments about my former time on-air.

A woman told me in a local store the other day that she missed me on the radio and remembered m...

January 6, 2020

As the calendar now reads 2020, I’m pumped about covering all of the upcoming ag shows, meetings and expositions during the late winter period.

The big Precision Planting Winter Conference takes place Jan. 21-24 at the company facility in Tremont. This will also be simu...

December 30, 2019

As we say goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020, here is my annual look back at the past year in agriculture, which saw no shortage of news headlines for the industry.

In January, I caught up with the new Illinois agriculture director John Sullivan, who was excited for the...

December 23, 2019

Christmas is always one of my favorite times of the year. In fact, I always enjoy winter.

Nothing beats the view of fresh snow on the ground like we had last week with the bright sun shining down over the Central Illinois fields. The house seems to be full of extra dayl...

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