All Agriculture Content
GIBSON CITY – Joe Thompson told Alliance Grain shareholders that his first year as general manager was "full of both challenges and rewards."
Approximately 275 people attended the cooperative's annual meeting held Tuesday evening at Gibson City's North Park.
GIBSON CITY – Work is moving along ahead of schedule on the ethanol plant being built here, according to its chief executive officer.
CHAMPAIGN – The National Resources Conservation Service, which has its Illinois headquarters in Champaign, received a $200 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday.
Paige Buck, public affairs specialist for the Illinois office, said the her office has received $2.2 million.
URBANA – A new farm bill will provide additional funding for the Eastern Illinois Food Bank and other facilities that feed the hungry, but it might not be enough, said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., at a news conference Monday morning.
RANTOUL – Mother Nature can throw some crazy curveballs.
Several counties to the west of Steve Gordon's plots of corn and soybeans, other people's corn and beans are buried deep underwater. They are destroyed – all those millions of tender, inch-high soy plants; foot-high stalks of corn that were just about ready to shoot upward.
VILLA GROVE – Area farm leaders say that a weak U.S. dollar, growing demand for food and fuel in China and India and record energy costs – not the use of corn in ethanol – are largely responsible for the rising cost of food.
Several local farmers met Thursday with a film crew from the Japanese NHK public television network.
HOMER – The bright sun warmed Kent Krukewitt's farm fields in rural Homer on Tuesday afternoon, but it was too muddy to get into the fields to plant.
"I still have 60 percent of my soybeans left to plant, and a good portion of the 40 percent that is in the ground may have to be replanted," Krukewitt said.
CHAMPAIGN – In a typical year, Scott Bidner would have all his crops planted and growing on his farm north of Champaign.
By Wednesday, Bidner had only three-quarters of his corn and none of his soybeans planted due to a combination of frequent rains, muddy fields and cooler than normal temperatures.
When University of Illinois researchers found that soybean plants heavily exposed to carbon dioxide at an open-air lab here suffered more insect damage – and that the insects damaging them lived longer – they wondered what was behind the effects.
Higher carbon dioxide levels associated with man-made emissions – generally thought to play into climate change and global warming – appear to make plants, soybeans anyway, more susceptible to insect damage by impairing their chemical defensive systems.