USDA: Illinois corn harvest continues lagging

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' corn harvest continues to lag at a pace roughly one-quarter of the average over the previous five years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest weekly update.

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.

Local farmer, United Way partner to help harvest hunger away

One Champaign County farmer is trying to do his part to help in the fight against hunger.

That's the sound of Pete Sage's combine Friday afternoon harvesting corn in a 37 acre field
on the northeast side of Champaign which is leased from the Church of the Living God.

Field trip takes students to fields

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois residents spend each day surrounded by miles and miles of cornfields, but most probably couldn't tell you what happens in the corn threshing process without searching Google first.

313 bushels an acre in local field — and that might not win national corn yield competition

URBANA — A Champaign County farming team competing in a national corn yield contest has gotten 313 bushels an acre from a portion of one of their fields.

"If any field could do it, this was gonna be the one," said Kris Ehler, a seed salesman for Ehler Brothers Co. who supplied seed for the father-and-son team of Bob and Jason Lakey.

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.