Agriculture

Agriculture

Brad Uken - Champaign County Farm Bureau 11-14-14

Brad Uken - Champaign County Farm Bureau 11-14-14: Play now!

Brian Moline talks with Brad Uken, Manager of the Champaign County Farm Bureau, about harvest, grain prices and the CCFB Foundation's Gala this Friday night.

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Proposed water regulation 'concerning' to farmers

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Coffee With The Plant Experts 11-8-14

Coffee With The Plant Experts 11-8-14: Play now!

Ed Kelly and Tamera McDaniel share this weekly program with you from Prairie Gardens in Champaign.

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Grain in main is waiting on the trains

CHAMPAIGN — Area grain elevators say they're bumping up against capacity because railroads haven't been able to ship out crops as fast as farmers bring them in.

Getting Personal: Bradley Uken

Getting Personal is a Q&A with a local personality. Here, 39-year-old Mahomet resident Bradley Uken, the manager of the Champaign County Farm Bureau, chats with The News-Gazette's Melissa Merli.

How much is that combine in the window?

Combines are a familiar sight these days in the corn and soybean fields of East Central Illinois. Ever wonder what the huge machines cost and how they're equipped? Folks from area farm implement dealers provide an update on those hulks of the harvest.

How much do those monsters cost?

UI ag complex gets boost from state funding

URBANA — Plans for a $13.3 million Feed Technology Complex at the University of Illinois got a $3.5 million boost from the state on Friday.

If only squirrels could read ... and obey

DELAND — Squirrels in DeLand, you are warned: Stay out of grain stored in tubes at the local elevator.

"We just wanted to decorate the bag a little," Dale Allen joked of the painted sign that reads "Attn All Squirrels: Please Continue to Dine In the Park. Thank You, Mgmt."

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.