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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
VILLA GROVE — Drought and heat really took a toll on green beans and sweet corn at the Kleiss Produce Farm west of Villa Grove this year.
"We do a lot of irrigation, but it has really hammered the sweet corn and green beans pretty bad," Bob Kleiss said.
Extreme heat cut yields on green beans to less than 20 percent of normal, he said.