Agricultural news roundup

Planting still far ahead of past springs

SPRINGFIELD — Corn and soybean planting continues to run way ahead of recent years, according to the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

As of Monday, about 89 percent of the state's corn crop had been planted, and 64 percent of the crop has emerged.

Program focuses on farm safety for students

RURAL OAKWOOD — Kelli Maxwell still remembers when a classmate caught his arm in an auger on his family's farm near Oakland.

"He lost his arm," she recalled of the boy, then 12. "They reattached it, but it never grew. It never worked right again."

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.

Danville Area Community College Ag Day 2012

Danville Area Community College Ag Day 2012 hosted by the Ag Club Thursday April 5, 2012. 

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:

Barnhart Prairie - Prairie Burn

The Champaign County Soil & Water Conservation Dist. and the Grand Prairie Friends conducted a prairie burn at the Barnhart Prairie south of Urbana on Monday March 26, 2012.