Quick Read: Great pumpkin state

Last year, Illinois once again found itself atop the pile of pumpkin production.

The state produced 5.47 million hundredweight of pumpkins in 2013, or 48 percent of the total weight of pumpkins produced in the U.S.

Rain means long harvest days and nights for farmers

TOLONO — As the area begins to dry out from several days of showers, farmers are itching to get back into the fields to make more headway on harvest.

In some cases, they'll work long days — and even into the night — to bring crops home.

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CU-CitizenAccess: Cash-rent farmers' bubble due to burst

After earning record profits from 2007 to 2013, farmers in Champaign County who rent their land are likely to lose money on both corn and soybeans this year and next, a University of Illinois economist says.

Across the state, 2014 saw record highs for cash rent. In Champaign County, the average cash renter pays $253 per acre.

Soggy weather still crimping Illinois corn harvest

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Illinois farmers know they've got a banner corn crop on their hands, but getting it out of the fields is proving to be an ordeal.

Area farmers harvesting bin-busting -- and possibly record-breaking -- crops

RANTOUL — Area farmers have been bringing in bin-busting crops of corn and soybeans in the area — so much so that they might break records.

Maynard Birkey, customer service representative for Premier Cooperativ in Dewey, said "there are some guys who have been rolling their eyes saying they can't believe it."

And beans might be doing even better than corn.

Rain hindering harvest across state; area only a fifth done

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois farmers are about one-fifth of the way through their harvest, according to the state office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Illegal digging of ginseng rising in Illinois

LA SALLE (AP) — Illinois is seeing an increase in the number of arrests for illegally digging and harvesting ginseng this fall because the price of the root has gone up, according to state conservation police.

USDA: Soggy weather slows Illinois corn harvest

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says wet weather has turned Illinois' corn harvest into a slog.

The USDA said Monday that last week's heavy rainfall across much of Illinois has kept many growers across the state from bringing in their crop. Just 23 percent of the harvest was completed as of Sunday, half of the pace over the previous half decade.

Proposed rules on raw milk contested

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The Illinois Department of Public Health has received hundreds of public comments about regulations it is considering for the processing and sale of unpasteurized milk.