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Livestock operation official will answer residents' questions

POTOMAC – Residents in the Armstrong and Potomac area will have the opportunity Sunday to ask questions about a livestock operation that will be built in northwest Vermilion County.


Scientists touring state to tackle farming issues

BLOOMINGTON – University of Illinois scientists who know farmers will plant more corn next year are touring the state to talk about that and other issues they face.


McLean County farmers don't mind wind farms

ELLSWORTH – Corn is finally out of the fields on top of the Bloomington moraine, and residents can see how dramatically their horizon is changing.


More farmers choosing economical, environment-friendly path

ROSSVILLE – Brian Andrews parked his moldboard plow in 1978, and he hasn't used it since.

Andrews, who farms near Rossville, was one of the first farmers in Vermilion County to try no-tilling corn and soybeans to help save the soil and money spent on fuel.


Gibson City ethanol plant operation seeks area investors

GIBSON CITY – One Earth Energy LLC, a cooperative of five area grain companies that plan to build an ethanol plant near Gibson City, will begin offering individuals a chance to invest in the operation.

The first of several planned informational meetings for potential investors will be Monday at Kruse Center in Gibson City.


Cold temps give soybeans a reprieve

URBANA – Soybean rust was brought to North America on the winds of Hurricane Ivan. Cold weather stopped it this week in Southern Illinois.

Illinois agriculture officials confirmed soybean rust from a Pope County leaf sample Friday, the first ever in the state. Later that day, the USDA also confirmed a Massac County sample. Both are in extreme southern Illinois.


Soybean rust found in Illinois

URBANA – State agriculture officials today announced that Asian soybean rust has been discovered in Illinois.


Area pumpkin crop looks promising

In New Jersey, where Harry Vance has been farming pumpkins 50 years, the 2006 crop is a disaster.

In the Champaign area, however, growers say there are plenty of pumpkins to go around.


Farmers seeing more bad news than good in harvest

PENFIELD – Combines are rolling and all over the area, farmers are keeping an anxious eye on the sky.

Harvest started late this year, and forecasts are iffy. In many areas, corn and beans aren't drying down well, and corn riddled by summer pests is starting to go down.


'Monster crop' predicted

BEMENT – Farmers in the Topflight Grain Co. customer area will harvest "a monster crop" this fall, say Topflight scouts who looked at crops in three counties.

"There's really good corn out there," said Derrick Bruhns, merchandising manager, of results of Tuesday's crop tour predicting average area yields will be about 193 bushels per acre.