Rob Kanter: Farmer's message spreading quickly

Prior to the release of his book "Restoration Agriculture" in early 2013, Wisconsin farmer Mark Shepard's agent reassured him: "You'll tour and do some signings for five or six months, but after that, sales will taper off and demands on your time will be negligible."

Harvest almost complete

The USDA's weekly Illinois Crop Report indicated area farmers are closing in on the finish line:

96 percent

Amount of corn and soybean harvested. That's a marked improvement from a year ago this week when corn harvest checked in at 74 percent.


Leader in the field

FAIRMOUNT — Lynn Rohrscheib has emerged as a leader in the world of farming — a field traditionally dominated by men.

Rohrscheib, 32, operates a large family farm with 18 full-time employees in rural Fairmount along with her parents, Vernon and Mary Rohrscheib. This year, the farm produced 65 bushels of soybeans per acre, which she said is better than average for their operation.

Weather cooperated with Piatt farmers

"Good weather makes good farmers," Eric Miller said when asked to peg why 2015 yields could match last year's record crop production.

AUDIO: an update on the fall harvest in Champaign County

A northern Champaign County farmer calls the results of this year's harvest a miracle after what he said were extreme conditions for farmers from heavy rains early to drier conditions later. Michael Kiser joined him in a combine in a corn field near Thomasboro and has this report.

Hear more from Eric Suits.

Seed to table: The story of Lil' Chip

This growing season, with the help of Villa Grove farmer Adam Watson, we’re tracking a kernel of seed corn — Lil’ Chip — from the bag it arrived in to the store shelf it

United Way happy with results of leased Unit 4 land

CHAMPAIGN — If Unit 4 doesn't have any use for it, the United Way would gladly renew its low-cost lease on 40 acres of farmland once intended to house a new Champaign Central High.

Other than a few "geese issues," United Way President and CEO Sue Grey called the first-year arrangement — $10,000 to harvest crops, with proceeds benefiting low-income families — a rousing success.

Growing pains or gains?

By by mediaplayer"> ROBERT HOLLY/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting 

Since their introduction in the 1990s, genetically engineered corn seeds have indirectly led to higher yields

Faces of harvest: 'A big family'

When you think of the folks who bring in the fall harvest, the hard-working farmer is the first face that comes to mind.

Wired In: Paul Miller

On Sundays, staff writer Paul Wood spotlights a high-tech difference maker. First up: Agrible Chief Science Officer Paul Miller, 41. The farm services company just moved in to its new offices at 2021 S. First St., C

Things are growing good