Just Askin' | Wildfires' wide reach

Q: How does wildfire smoke from California make it to Illinois?

A: Simple, University of Illinois weather professor Jeff Frame said: "These fires can create smoke flumes thousands of feet, sometimes tens of thousands of feet into the atmosphere."

Most area farmers OK with not having a lot of cover

TUSCOLA — Cover crops are often touted as one of the best ways for farmers to reduce runoff and conserve nutrients in their soils.

But so far, only a small percent of farmers use the practice on their fields.

According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, 8.6 percent of farms use cover crops on 2.9 percent of total farm acres in the U.S.

St. Joseph boy's welded mailbox earns top 4-H award at state fair

ST. JOSEPH — Bobby Rowland had one goal this year: earning the 4-H Superior Award — the highest rank available — at the state fair for his welded mailbox.

On Sunday, he brought the award home to St. Joseph.

Bobby and his dad, RJ, a welding instructor at Danville Area Community College, came up with the idea for the project together.

Deere's profit falls short of expectations

MOLINE (AP) — Deere & Co. (DE) on Friday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $910.3 million.

On a per-share basis, the Moline, Illinois-based company said it had profit of $2.78. Earnings, adjusted for pretax gains, were $2.59 per share.

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Science of popcorn among 16 topics at this year's UI Agronomy Day

SAVOY — You may know popcorn is Illinois' official snack food, but do you have any idea what makes the kernels pop?

The science behind popcorn is one of the topics being presented at this year's University of Illinois Agronomy Day, set for Thursday in Savoy.

Georgetown hog caller defends his title again at state fair

GEORGETOWN — Andrew Metheney can now call himself the three-time defending champion of the Illinois State Fair's hog-calling contest.

Newman woman named Illinoisan of the Day in 84th trip to state fair

NEWMAN — Of the 84 years that Charlotte Wax has attended the Illinois State Fair, this year was extra special.

That's because much to her surprise, the 99-year-old Newman resident was named the Illinoisan of the Day last Friday.

Appeals court tells EPA to stop sales of harmful pesticide

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies' brains.

Smaller farms fighting to stay competitive in organic-milk market

FAIRFIELD, Iowa — Small family-operated dairy farms with cows freely grazing on verdant pastures are going out of business as large confined-animal operations with thousands of animals lined up in assembly-line fashion are expanding into the organic market.