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.
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.
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:
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.
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.