Sadorus farm takes second place in National Corn Yield Contest

SADORUS — Last year, the average corn farm in the U.S. produced a yield of 176 bushels an acre.

Jerry Reinhart nearly doubled that on his farm near Sadorus, reaching 345.63 bushels per acre on a 2-acre section.

With a yield that high, Reinhart and his son Keith placed second in one of the National Corn Yield Contest categories, AA non-irrigated.

Q&A with new Illinois ag director: ‘I have the ability to talk the language’

When he was in the Illinois Senate, John Sullivan was the only farmer there and became the de facto spokesman for ag.

Now he's Gov. J.B. Pritzker's new director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, overseeing everything from meat inspections to medical cannabis.

Bad weather last fall left farmers with lots to do ahead of spring

With lousy weather last fall, local farmers are expecting a busy spring.

"With the cold weather and rains last fall, a lot of the prep work that we normally do didn't get done," said Steve Stierwalt, who farms near Sadorus. "Farmers are going to be a little more anxious to get to the fields to catch up."

UI earns $5 million federal grant to expand project combining ag, tech

URBANA — Computer scientists and plant biologists combined their talents to create an elaborate computer model showing how soybean plants respond to higher levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

UI agronomist shares dark forecast at Dewey Bank farmer's breakfast

DEWEY — Farmers at the annual Dewey Bank farmer's breakfast were a little depressed after hearing a forecast for continued low corn and soybean prices this year.

Todd Hubbs, an agronomist at the University of Illinois, predicted that average soybean prices per bushel will be $8.30 in the 2019-20 marketing year, down from $8.50 this year.

Plant-based Impossible Burger sprouting up in multiple C-U restaurants

Since it was introduced in 2016, the Impossible Burger has made waves.

At least four local restaurants serve the plant-based hamburger, including both Black Dog restaurants, Dancing Dog Eatery in Urbana and D.P. Dough in Champaign.

At Black Dog, co-owner Mike Cochran said it still makes up a small percentage of sales because "we sell a lot of meat."

Farm loan delinquencies highest in 9 years as prices slump

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The nation's farmers are struggling to pay back loans after years of low crop prices and export markets hit by President Donald Trump's tariffs, with a key government program showing the highest default rate in at least nine years.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 28-March 7, 2019


This weekend


What: The multitalented comedian, actor and writer will perform live in concert.

When: 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 28.

Where: Virginia Theatre, 203 W. Park Ave., C.

Cost:Reserved seating tickets, $44.75; special VIP packages, $179.75. Additional $5 per ticket processing fees apply (online only).

Wired In: Angela Green-Miller

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood talks with a high-tech pioneer. This week, meet ANGELA GREEN-MILLER, associate professor in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois. The Kentucky native once had her own "zoo" of small animals and has a "secret sauce" in her start-up, TellTail.

Getting Personal: Jen Quinlan

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, tech expert JEN QUINLAN, who works at meShare in Champaign, chats with staff writer Paul Wood about her side project, Moon Grove Farm, a farmhouse bed-and-breakfast and you-pick flower farm started in November 2017 in Mahomet.

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