MONTICELLO – It was a fine May day, but John Caveny wasn't worried about planting corn or soybeans in his fields near Lodge.
Caveny's crops are all perennials, grasses like miscanthus, sources of cellulose for future energy use. To keep the grass under control, he turns his Katahdin sheep out to pasture.
RANTOUL – Organizers of the 2007 Half Century of Progress Show said Friday the show that's all about vintage agricultural horsepower will return to Rantoul this summer.
They say they're going to try to set a world record – with the horses that precede the farm implements – at the event, held from Aug. 23 to 26.
MAHOMET – The University of Illinois recently made it official: The cost of planting corn and soybeans went up again last year.
But that news from the UI's Farm Business Farm Management service comes as no surprise to Scott Bidner, who's poised to plant his 12th crop as soon as the weather clears.
SIDNEY – Storm clouds hung heavily over Jen and Andy Miller's rural Sidney minifarm Tuesday while the couple talked about their new business.
Suddenly, through a window, Jen Miller saw her goats streaking across their enclosure, headed for shelter.
"It must be raining," she said. "Goats hate rain."
URBANA – Ethanol is the star on the agriculture stage now, but behind the scenes, University of Illinois animal scientists are casting the spotlight on its not-so-sexy byproduct.
URBANA – A crisp, golden apple with a russet blush and a spicy bouquet is well on its way to becoming the state's official fruit.
BEMENT – Industry leaders with ties to central Illinois say prospects for the agricultural industry are the brightest they've been in years, but a single event – unfavorable weather – could throw the system into chaos.
DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Farm Bureau is encouraging farmland owners throughout the county to review the farmland assessment notices recently mailed to landowners.
A state-mandated change in determining the tax value of farmland has changed the equalized assessed values of farmland throughout the county.
CHAMPAIGN – Farm community leaders poised to plant a 2007 crop under promising economic circumstances told U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, they expect Washington's continued help.
DANVILLE – This year, farmer Greg Learnard intends to plant more corn than he usually does, because he's anticipating an increased demand from local ethanol plants.
Learnard of Catlin normally plants 1,000 acres of soybeans and 1,000 acres of corn, but this year, he'll plant an extra 100 acres of corn and only 900 acres of soybeans.