The Champaign County Farm Bureau Young Ag Leaders hosted three speakers with expertise on everything from weather to aerial photography to longterm financial planning. Here's more courtesy staff writer Paul Wood:
1. Chance of early frost nothing to worry about
RANTOUL — Every two years, members of the I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club fire up their time machine and take people back to a simpler period on the farm.
That time rolls around again Thursday when the four-day, seventh annual Half Century of Progress show kicks off on the grounds of the Rantoul National Aviation Center.
MONTICELLO — The central Illinois corn and soybean harvest will not rival the bin-busting, record-setting 2014 yields, but it should still be a solid one, according to results of a recent six-county crop tour put on by Topflight Grain Cooperative.
MAUMEE, OHIO — The Andersons Inc. announced earnings were down for the second quarter ended June 30.
Net income for the quarter was $31.1 million, or $1.09 per diluted share, compared to $44.3 million, or $1.56 per diluted share for the same quarter last year.
The manager of the Champaign County Farm Bureau said there's a chance for some good corn and soybean yields come harvest season outside of the areas that have seen heavy rains this year.
DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College students would be able to take their hands-on experience growing plants and produce to a new level thanks to a local couple.
Kristy Herr and Jerry Bartos are interested in leasing 5.5 acres of farmland, at 411 N. Daisy Lane, to DACC at no cost. The land would be used as a student learning laboratory.
RANTOUL — An estimated 240 people turned out for the first Rantoul farmers market of the season last week.
It kept the only vendor — the Rantoul Township High School FFA chapter — busy selling sweet corn, cabbage, cucumbers, green beans and tomatoes.