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Warning issued on medicine, chemical disposal

DANVILLE — Local health officials are issuing a warning after a rash of bird and animal deaths in southern Vermilion County were linked to toxic chemicals.

Market at the Square returns this Saturday

URBANA — The Urbana farmers' market — Market at the Square — returns to the Lincoln Square Village parking lot this Saturday.

The market will run from 7 a.m. to noon each Saturday through Nov. 3, according to director Lisa Bralts.

The event is held in the southeastern portion of the parking lot, near the corner of Vine and Illinois streets.

Agriculture news

A roundup of agricultural news:

UI research on soybeans shows planting delays will limit yields

URBANA — Each day farmers delay planting soybeans can cost them in terms of yields, new research from the University of Illinois shows.

The highest yields come from early plantings — about mid-April, according to UI Extension agronomist Emerson Nafziger.

Corn planting proceeds quickly

A roundup of agricultural news:

CHAMPAIGN — Forty-one percent of the state's corn crop had been planted as of last week, according to the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

That was way ahead of the previous week, when only 17 percent had been planted.

Farm news roundup: Corn planting ahead of 2011

SPRINGFIELD — Seventeen percent of corn statewide has been planted, the Illinois Department of Agriculture reported this week.

That's ahead of this time last year, when 5 percent was planted. The five-year average is 1 percent for this point in the growing season.

Traveling farm exhibit at UI

URBANA — Folks can get insights on U.S. farm life from a special exhibit on the University of Illinois campus today.

America's Farmers Mobile Experience — a traveling 53-foot trailer that expands into 1,000 square feet of exhibit space — will be on the parking lot east of Turner Hall, with tours available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The exhibit, sponsored by Monsanto, includes:

Farmland prices made 'tremendous move' upward during 2011

Illinois farmland prices jumped about 20 percent on average during 2011, according to a recently released report from the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.

Arends Bros. merging with Dwight firm

MELVIN — One of the largest John Deere dealers in East Central Illinois is getting bigger.

Arends Bros., with locations in Melvin, Urbana, Hoopeston and Ashmore, is slated to merge today (Monday, March 26) with Dwight-based Hogan Walker to form Arends Hogan Walker.

Church's latest endeavor to help feed hungry in East Central Illinois

URBANA — Outreach activities at St. Matthew Lutheran Church: bible study, youth ministry, visits to the sick.

And now, farming.

Farmers can vote on hike in corn checkoff

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois corn producers will have an opportunity at University of Illinois Extension offices to vote on a proposal to increase the voluntary corn checkoff rate.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced on Friday that the offices will serve as polling places for the March 28 Illinois Corn Marketing Act referendum.