John Watkins said his hands are still scarred from coming in contact with barbed wire as he mowed fence lines with a Bachtold weed mower.
For the first time ever, Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch is opening for late spring through early summer on Saturdays only, starting this Saturday, through June 26.
They have more than your traditional corn and soybean operation. They raise a variety of organic crops and also started a distillery. And dad Jeff raises cattle.
On Tuesdays and continuing through harvest season, The News-Gazette’s Dave Hinton will spotlight a Farm Family of the Week. Email nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
'It looks like everything did well through the cold weather'
Despite this week’s snowy, chilly weather, spring has sprung and things are growing. And we’re not just talking, flowers, grass and butterflies.
Nutrien, a publicly-traded Canadian fertilizer and agricultural sales company, has approached Champaign County officials about developing an agronomic research facility on 300 acres east of University of Illinois Willard Airport.
What does a farmer do in his/her spare time? How about go to a tractor pull. That’s the story with Scott Ziegler; his wife, Sarah; their three children; and Scott’s father, Bill.
The Sidney Slab from Illinois 130 on the west and the village on the east will be getting a new asphalt overlay, rumble strips, wider shoulders and reshaped ditches.
MONTICELLO — Monticello High School agriculture teacher Elizabeth Rost would eventually like to see her students tending to cattle as part of their animal-science class, but that is a ways off.
RURAL ARMSTRONG — Cody Conrady was unfolding a boom on a sprayer on a farm near Peoria when it either grazed power lines or electricity jumped from the lines to the sprayer boom.
PENFIELD — Behind every successful men’s organization, there’s a strong women’s group. At least that’s the case with the I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club.
RANTOUL — When plans were made to have a live reindeer included in a scene for a Christmas movie being shot in Chicago, organizers wondered how safe it would be.
“These blades are not associated with the Harvest Ridge Wind Farm but instead will be transported to another EDP Renewables’ wind farm currently under construction in Indiana,” an EDP spokeswoman said.
It’s a farm operation that extends to 1910, started by Rick’s great-grandparents. Both Rick and Mike are Paxton High grads — 1970 and 2004, respectively — and both earned the FFA State Farmer degree.
Piatt County’s corn harvest was not too shabby either, with its average of 211.7 logging it fourth behind Menard (216.3), Peoria (214.7) and Stark (212.4) counties.
RURAL CHAMPAIGN — The number of farms in the United States was increasing at a rapid rate when Wilhelm Eichhorst bought an 80-acre tract near Leverett, north of Champaign, in 1887.