Recent heat wave helps crops

The head of the Champaign County Farm Bureau said the heat wave that East Central Illinois has experienced lately will help speed up the maturity process for corn and soybeans.

Survey: Farmland prices down first half of year

URBANA — Typical prices paid for farmland were down 2 percent to 4.1 percent during the first half of this year, according to a mid-year survey by the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.

Record corn crop expected locally

CHAMPAIGN — Corn yield estimates across Champaign County are uniformly good, with this year's average estimate topping the all-time record by 14 percent, scouts for Premier Cooperative said.

Crop tour confirms record estimates

BEMENT — Expectations of a record corn crop gained support from scouting reports in the Piatt County area this week, with many locations estimating yields of well over 200 bushels per acre.

State corn harvest could be a monster

Crop sciences prof predicts yields that are double what some saw in 2013

URBANA — Some Illinois farmers will see yields topping 300 — even 400 — bushels of corn an acre this year, a University of Illinois crop sciences professor said.

Tallgrasses, ultrahigh yields to take center stage

URBANA — Visitors to this year's University of Illinois Agronomy Day can hear about crop research ranging from expanded uses for tallgrasses to factors that lead to ultrahigh yields on corn and soybeans.

Business calendar, Aug. 10, 2014

Tuesday, Aug. 12

'Starting Your Business' seminar. 6 to 8 p.m., Illinois Small Business Development Center at Danville Area Community College, 2917 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Steps and requirements of starting a small business. Cost $10. Register at or call 442-7232.

Wednesday, Aug. 13

Impact of Russia's food import ban will be felt here, ag expert says

The head of the Champaign County Farm Bureau said Russia's move to ban most food imports from the west will most likely have an impact on commodity prices for farmers.

The ban is in retaliation for sanctions the United States and European nations have imposed over Russia's actions in Ukraine.

Proposed revisions to Clean Water Act alarm farmers

CHAMPAIGN — Some area farmers are alarmed that proposed revisions of the Clean Water Act could impinge on their operations.

About 50 people turned out Tuesday at the Champaign County Farm Bureau auditorium to hear what the revisions, if adopted, could mean for them.

Ag udate: Aug. 2, 2014

UI researchers seek to solve 'sudden-death syndrome' in soybeans

URBANA — Researchers at the University of Illinois are trying to develop resistance in soybeans to "sudden-death syndrome," a disease that causes damage and yield loss in crops.