CHAMPAIGN — A moderate drought is making things bad here, but East Central Illinois farmers are saying it's more than moderate.
The National Weather Service said there is a severe drought in Cass, Christian, DeWitt, Douglas, Fulton, Logan, Macon, Mason, Menard, Morgan, Moultrie, Piatt, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott and Tazewell counties.
URBANA — The University of Illinois Sustainable Student Farm will hold an open house later this week.
The open house will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at the farm, which is located near the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Windsor Road in south Urbana.
One of the biggest farm shows around will swing into Decatur this year, with the latest tractors and agricultural products on display, tilling and combining demonstrations in the fields, and a country music concert.
The 2011 Farm Progress Show kicks off on Tuesday on grounds near Richland Community College.
Forecasts for the 2011 corn harvest in East Central Illinois are coming in — and they are underwhelming.
But at least the numbers are not as dismal as they were in 1988, farmers pointed out.
URBANA — A charity harvest this summer yielded 3 tons of sweet corn for the Eastern Illinois Foodbank.
For the second year, Provena Covenant Medical Center and the food bank teamed up to provide fresh produce to hungry families from Provena's "Garden for Every Table" on the Bucher Farm in Savoy.
RANTOUL — It was 10 years ago that a group from the I & I Antique Tractor and Small Engine Club decided to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Farm Progress Show by staging a show of their own.
They called it the Half Century of Progress farm show.
Thursday, Aug. 25
— 7 a.m.: Gates open
— 8 a.m.: Half Century tractor Ride departs from Rantoul National Aviation Center Airport
— 9—11 a.m.: Field demonstrations
— 1-4 p.m.: Big Blue field demonstrations
— 5:30-9 p.m.: Welcome to downtown Rantoul (food, drink, entertainment)
CHAMPAIGN — The rows of tomatoes, squash, asparagus and raspberries in Lisa Braddock's organic garden could feed a large extended family, and she's always wanted to share that bounty with people who could use it.
Braddock figures other gardeners would, too, so she's come up with a way to make it easy.
An Indiana seed company has agreed to pay more than $200,000 to 91 migrant farm workers, including several who formerly resided in the Rantoul area.
ROSSVILLE — While walking through a patch of sweet corn recently, Toby Brown pulled off an ear of corn and instead of snapping like a crisp stalk of celery, it broke like a rubbery, wimpy carrot.
It's been 20 days since his crop received any measurable rain. And the nights are not providing enough relief from the heat, either.