Agriculture

Agriculture

AUDIO: harvest winding down in Champaign County

After last week's wet conditions from all the rain, a Champaign County farmer has been taking advantage of the dry weather this week as he tries to get to the finish line with this year's harvest. Michael Kiser got the chance to ride with him in his combine Thursday and has this report.

Quick Read: Great pumpkin state

Last year, Illinois once again found itself atop the pile of pumpkin production.

The state produced 5.47 million hundredweight of pumpkins in 2013, or 48 percent of the total weight of pumpkins produced in the U.S.

Rain means long harvest days and nights for farmers

TOLONO — As the area begins to dry out from several days of showers, farmers are itching to get back into the fields to make more headway on harvest.

In some cases, they'll work long days — and even into the night — to bring crops home.

Coffee With The Plant Experts 10-18-14

Coffee With The Plant Experts 10-18-14: Play now!

Ed Kelly and Tamera McDaniel host this weekly program from Prairie Gardens in Champaign.

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CU-CitizenAccess: Cash-rent farmers' bubble due to burst

After earning record profits from 2007 to 2013, farmers in Champaign County who rent their land are likely to lose money on both corn and soybeans this year and next, a University of Illinois economist says.

Across the state, 2014 saw record highs for cash rent. In Champaign County, the average cash renter pays $253 per acre.

Area farmers harvesting bin-busting -- and possibly record-breaking -- crops

RANTOUL — Area farmers have been bringing in bin-busting crops of corn and soybeans in the area — so much so that they might break records.

Maynard Birkey, customer service representative for Premier Cooperativ in Dewey, said "there are some guys who have been rolling their eyes saying they can't believe it."

And beans might be doing even better than corn.

Rain hindering harvest across state; area only a fifth done

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois farmers are about one-fifth of the way through their harvest, according to the state office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Rantoul micro food hub event set

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign County Farm Bureau will host a Meet the Buyers event at 2 p.m. today.

Big harvest could have effect on grain storage

CHAMPAIGN — Farmers are beginning to deliver corn — and even a few soybeans — to grain elevators in East Central Illinois.

Getting data to farmers fast

CHAMPAIGN — Chris Harbourt and his colleagues at Ag Informatics have come up with a range of products they think will please data-driven farmers wanting field-specific information on weather affecting their operations.