FITHIAN — The Ludwig Farmstead Creamery in rural Fithian has won a $300,000 working-capital award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help build its cheese inventory and expand its markets.
The creamery was among 110 ag producers and rural businesses that were awarded USDA Rural Development Value-Added Producer Grants last week.
Using milk from its Holstein herd, the creamery makes "American original and European-inspired cheeses," the department said in a release.
Ludwig Creamery markets its products directly to consumers through farmers' markets in three states, as well as restaurants, retail outlets and wineries in Illinois and Indiana.
"These grant funds will be used to help build the cheese inventory in support of expanding their market with regional and national distributors," the department said.
Plant corn before soybeans, UI prof advises
URBANA — It's generally better to plant corn before soybeans, University of Illinois crop sciences Professor Emerson Nafziger said.
That's because corn typically loses yield faster than soybeans as planting is delayed, Nafziger said in a UI news release.
Based on trials the last three years, total loss in potential for soybeans is about 15 percent for soybeans planted by the end of May, compared with an average loss of about 25 percent for corn planted that late.
The sensitivity of soybeans to day length means later-planted soybeans flower in fewer days than earlier-planted ones, so planting delays only modestly delay maturity, Nafziger said.
"We can expect maturity to be a day later for every five days or so later we plant, but this varies widely from year to year," he said.
Agronomy Day scheduled for Aug. 15
URBANA — Folks who want to learn more about University of Illinois agricultural research may want to mark Aug. 15 on their calendar.
That's the scheduled date for the UI's 57th annual Agronomy Day.
More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the presentations at the UI's Crop Sciences Research and Education Center, located off St. Mary's Road on South Wright Street Extended.
Activities will begin at 7 a.m., with field tours departing from that location, making stops at research plots and repeating every half-hour until noon.
Topics will include soil fertility, insect management, crop production, weed control, plant diseases, farm economics and corn and soybean genetics.
For more information or to register, visit agronomyday.cropsci.illinois.edu.