Douglas County farmland auction nets $10,668 an acre

A roundup of agribusiness news:

NEWMAN — An auction of 196 acres of tillable farmland in Douglas County fetched about $10,668 an acre Tuesday, according to Champaign-based Murray Wise Associates, which managed the auction.

PODCAST: Bradley Uken - Champaign County Farm Bureau 4-15-15

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Brian Moline talks with the manager of the Champaign County Farm Bureau about planting, vehicle safety and upcoming Farm Bureau events.


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The bees' needs

Editor's note: Today kicks off an occasional new series in The News-Gazette. This story, and others that will follow, began as a project in a University of Illinois course called Science Journalism, taught by lecturer Jennifer Follis.

By Austin Keating

Area farmland prices dip more than rest of state

CHAMPAIGN — A recent survey of Illinois farmland values indicated a slightly sharper drop in East Central Illinois than in other parts of the state.

Seeds of Growth

URBANA — Shane Cultra has been on a domain-name buying binge, partly in hopes of taking Country Arbors Nursery to a national stage.

He already has claimed, which redirects users to the Urbana-based nursery's website.

Cold, dry days may be behind us

CHAMPAIGN — March in Champaign-Urbana was colder and drier than normal — the third consecutive month with such conditions.

But the Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a return to more normal weather, and even above-average temperatures and precipitation over the next two weeks.

On The Town: 2014 Farm Leader

It was a celebration of leadership and agriculture at the banquet celebrating the 2014 Farm Leader Rick Nelson at the Hilton Garden Inn, Champaign on March 31, 2015

If they build it, field will succumb

CHAMPAIGN — The Champaign school district will wait for the results of an April 7 referendum on a new high school before deciding whether to plant crops on that land, district spokeswoman Stephanie Stuart said.

Reflections of leaders

We asked our past Farm Leaders about what they intend to plant, what they've learned from their decades of work and how they implement new technology.

Here's what they had to say, starting with our earliest leaders, some of whom have retired:

Kenneth Kesler (1973)

Forward thinker: Farm Leader of the Year Rick Nelson

Growing up on a farm, Rick Nelson came to realize what he liked — and didn't like — about farming.

"I knew I didn't like chores," he said. "I don't like redundant tasks. I don't want to do the same thing today as yesterday."

The daily demands of caring for livestock weren't for him.