Agriculture

Brad Uken - Champaign County Farm Bureau 4-16-14

Brad Uken - Champaign County Farm Bureau 4-16-14: Play now!

Brian Moline talks with Brad Uken from the Champaign County Farm Bureau about the upcoming planting season.

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Shane Cultra - Country Arbors Nursery 4-14-14

Shane Cultra - Country Arbors Nursery 4-14-14: Play now!

Brian Moline talks with Shane Cultra of Country Arbors Nursery about the cold spring, and what people can do right now to get their lawns and gardens ready for warmer weather.

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Champaign County part of international tourism showcase

URBANA — It's not the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas or the Big Apple, but Illinois agriculture is drawing tourists.

Last year about 40 international tour groups came to Champaign County to witness aspects of American agriculture.

Visit Champaign County, the local tourism bureau, figures those trips involved nearly 1,600 travelers and had an economic impact of about $390,000.


AUDIO: Illinois crop report 4-8-14

AUDIO: Illinois crop report 4-8-14: Play now!

State crop statistician Mark Schleusener has the first crop report of 2014.

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Chickens coming to Champaign yards

CHAMPAIGN — The Wolske farm in southwest Champaign has been growing since they put in their first garden in 1996.


Q&A with Murray Wise

Murray Wise, chairman and CEO of Murray Wise Associates and former CEO of the Westchester Group, was recently chosen as Parkland College's 2014 V. Dale Cozad Entrepreneur of the Year. He will be honored June 12 in a fund-raising banquet for the college's entrepreneurial program.


UI ag economist: Planting estimates signal price drop

A roundup of agriculture news

URBANA — University of Illinois agricultural economist Darrel Good said planting projections recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture could signal a slight drop in corn prices and a sharp drop in soybean prices.


Farm Leader of the Year: Gerald Henry


SADORUS — During his 40-plus years in farming, Gerald Henry grew corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa. But his real love was raising and showing shorthorn cattle.


Homer sets May start for farmers' market

HOMER — Baskets of berries, corn, green beans and much more will be on display again this summer in downtown Homer.

The Homer Farmers' Market will be back for a second year — starting on May 7 and ending on Sept. 17 — said market co-organizer Susan Forsyth.

The market will be open every Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m.


Temperatures could delay spring planting

More sun and warmth, please.

As March wraps up and the month of April nears, area farmers are readying for spring by checking seed orders, calibrating planters and in some cases applying nitrogen to fields.

There's still some time for the soil to warm up, but with below-average temperatures likely to continue next month, farmers could be facing a late start this year.


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