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UI analysts to study soil nitrate samples

URBANA — Illinois researchers are launching a project to inventory soil nitrate levels in hopes of fine-tuning nitrogen recommendations for 2013 crops.

They're asking ag retailers and certified crop advisers to collect soil samples from customers' fields and submit them for testing.

'HungerU' exhibit on UI campus one more day

URBANA — A touring exhibit sponsored by the Farm Journal Foundation will remain at the University of Illinois Tuesday before moving to Purdue University.

The interactive display — called "HungerU" — shows how hunger affects people around the world. Specifically, it details how various nations rate in terms of food accessibility, affordability, quality and safety.

UI student honored at White House for FFA leadership

A University of Illinois sophomore and Gibson City native was honored at the White House this week for his work to encourage students and future leaders to serve the community.

Jacob Dickey and 11 other 4-H and FFA members were named "Champions of Change" as part of a White House program to recognize ordinary Americans who are making a difference in their communities.

Prospective produce growers apply for UI startup program starting this December

URBANA — Terry Neutz Hayden and her husband hope to nurture orchards and a berry farm on 17 acres north of Monticello that they bought five years ago.

Although they've already planted apple trees, cherry trees, blueberries and other fruit, Hayden would be among the first to admit she has a lot to learn about fruit farming.

Illinois' corn harvest nearly 75 percent done

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois corn harvest is proceeding much faster than usual, with 71 percent of the harvest complete as of Sunday, the Illinois Department of Agriculture reported.

At this time last year, only 29 percent of the corn statewide had been harvested. The five-year average for this point in time is 33 percent.

Andersons buys cob products company

MAUMEE, Ohio — Agriculture company The Andersons has agreed to buy an Illinois corn cob products company.

The company's purchase of Mt. Pulaski Products LLC of Mount Pulaski is expected to occur in the fourth quarter and is subject to certain conditions, according to The Andersons.

Corn harvest more than half-finished; beans just starting

CHAMPAIGN — Area grain-elevator operators say the corn harvest is about 60 percent complete — and the crop has more moisture than expected.

High moisture means the corn has to be dried, and the extra time needed for that has sometimes caused delays for those delivering grain.

Meanwhile, the soybean harvest is just getting under way.

Corn harvest going faster in southern Illinois

SPRINGFIELD — About 21 percent of the Illinois corn crop was harvested as of Sunday, while only about 1 percent of the soybeans were in, the Illinois Department of Agriculture reported.

In southern parts of the state, harvest was much further along, with anywhere from 36 percent to 47 percent of the corn crop harvested, depending on the region.

Commodities trader off to Mozambique

MONTICELLO — A Monticello commodities trader left Saturday for two weeks in Mozambique.

While in the east African country, Jim Traub will work as a volunteer for CNFA to establish a small-scale soybean processing line there.

Traub doesn't know yet exactly what that will involve, but he believes soybeans can be used to improve the diets of people there.

Freeze, drought hurt apple crop

CHAMPAIGN — Curtis Orchard will have plenty of apples to sell this year, despite a year that was hard on the local crop.

Randy Graham, co-owner of the orchard on South Duncan Road, said the orchard produced "10 percent or less" of what it typically does, as a result of an early spring, a freeze on April 11 and the summer drought.