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Drought, heat cut produce farmers' yields

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.


Douglas County trying to find suspects in business, farm burglaries

The Douglas County sheriff's office, the Tuscola Police Department and the Douglas County Crimestoppers are seeking information to help them solve several burglaries that happened over the last few days.

These burglaries include:


UI hosts field day on pumpkin research

URBANA — Folks interested in the latest research on pumpkin production can find out about it Thursday during Pumpkin Field Day at the University of Illinois Vegetable Crops Research Farm.

Presentations on nine topics will be given in the research plots from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Farmland values still strong, but increases slowing, survey says

URBANA — Illinois farmland values are continuing to rise but at a slower rate than in 2011, according to a mid-year survey by the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.


Tractorcade planned for Farm Bureau anniversary

CHAMPAIGN — Don't be surprised if you see a long line of tractors in Champaign on Saturday.

About two dozen tractors — dating from 1939 to 1980 — are expected to take part in a tractor drive marking the Champaign County Farm Bureau's 100th anniversary.


Rain, cool-off boost beans

SPRINGFIELD — Last week's cooler temperatures and above-normal rainfall improved Illinois soil moisture and perked up the soybean crop a bit.

Plus, the corn harvest picked up steam, with 3 percent of the state's corn crop harvested as of Sunday, according to the Illinois Department of Agriculture.


Senator: Transit bill good for state, C-U

CHAMPAIGN — A federal transportation bill approved by Congress in late June will help Illinois, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Wednesday, but it's not enough.


Edamame given star role in latest UI Agronomy Day tour

URBANA — Here in the heart of soybean country, some folks aren't acquainted with edamame (eh-duh-MAH-may), the edible soybean.

That was underscored Thursday when folks on a University of Illinois Agronomy Day tour tried some edamame samples.

Instead of digging seeds out of the pod to eat, some put the whole pod in their mouths and chewed it before spitting it out.


UI ag economist: Soybean, corn prices may stay high

URBANA — Corn and soybean prices could remain high for "an extended period," a University of Illinois agricultural economist said following the Agriculture Department's release of new crop estimates.

The department on Friday cut its estimate of the U.S. corn crop by 17 percent and the U.S. soybean crop by 12 percent.


Rains make little difference in crop conditions

SPRINGFIELD — A little rain last week added moisture to the state's topsoil, but the prospects for Illinois corn and soybean crops didn't improve, according to the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

As of Sunday, 74 percent of the state's corn crop was rated poor or very poor, up from 71 percent the previous week, the department said.