Uken on DWS: southern Champaign County crops doing better than northern ones

The manager of the Champaign County Farm Bureau said there's a chance for some good corn and soybean yields come harvest season outside of the areas that have seen heavy rains this year.

Couple offers farmland lease to DACC at no cost

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College students would be able to take their hands-on experience growing plants and produce to a new level thanks to a local couple.

Kristy Herr and Jerry Bartos are interested in leasing 5.5 acres of farmland, at 411 N. Daisy Lane, to DACC at no cost. The land would be used as a student learning laboratory.

240-plus for first Rantoul farmers market

RANTOUL — An estimated 240 people turned out for the first Rantoul farmers market of the season last week.

It kept the only vendor — the Rantoul Township High School FFA chapter — busy selling sweet corn, cabbage, cucumbers, green beans and tomatoes.

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Tales of the farm

A syndicated agriculture columnist who grew up on a dairy farm in southern Illinois will sign copies of his new book, a memoir about farm life, at two events Saturday in Urbana and rural Champaign.

Co-op offers plan on Thomasboro truck traffic

THOMASBORO — Representatives from Premier Cooperative, the operator of the grain elevator in Thomasboro and other communities, attended the village board meeting to discuss options for decreasing truck traffic through the village.

Meeting set on increase in size of Ford County swine facility

PAXTON — The doubling in size of a swine facility northwest of Gibson City will be the focus of an informational meeting Monday evening.

Knee-high by the 4th of July … and then some

It turns out "knee-high by the Fourth of July" is no longer an accurate motto to go by when it comes to corn crop height — and hasn't been for quite a while.

"It's now just humorous," said Tolono farmer and board member of the Champaign County Farm Bureau Jeff Fisher. "It has been way beyond knee-high by the Fourth of July for decades."

'Not too bad'

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County farmers continue to contend with ponding in fields, but in many cases, their situation isn't as bad as that of other areas.

"We're escaping the excess rain that some of the other areas got," said Dean Killion, manager of grain merchandising for Premier Cooperative in Champaign. "It's heavier to the north, south and east of us."

The Future Five, June 22, 2015