How far along is this year’s corn crop?
Staff writer Paul Wood chats with the University of Illinois geologist who is part of a team that has developed new computer models to help researchers better forecast volcanic eruptions.
How did the oldest experimental plots in the United States get their name?
Linda Hewerdine's Society for Hooved Animal Rescue and Emergencies houses as many as 72 of them at a time at her farm outside Dewey. Many will find safe, new homes.
DECATUR — When the Trump administration granted ethanol waivers last month to 31 small oil refineries, many farmers were upset.
'It's not bad,' said Topflight Grain Cooperative Merchandiser Derrick Bruhn, who is predicting average yields in the neighborhood of 200 to 210 bushels per acre after touring crops this week.
'What we want to install in there is the state-of-the-art equipment to be able to quantify the way in which the plants grow and determine yield parameters, and then relate that to genomic information and differences in the plants,' said Donald Ort, deputy director of the Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency project.
As U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was being interviewed on stage, he took a call from the president and held his microphone up to his iPhone for the crowd to hear.
That effort will focus on leveraging the assets of the UI Research Park; looking at how to support new startups so they stay in the community; developing a 'transformative' medical technology sector, building on the new Carle Illinois School of Medicine and cancer center; and leveraging the UI’s data analytics expertise, Robert Jones said.
Tractor enthusiasts began descending upon the former Chanute Air Force Base this week from as far away as Maryland and Colorado to show off their antique farm equipment, some of it more than a century old.
Through a connection with Twin Cities Garden Club member Judy Blaney, Next Generation teacher Taylor Braastad and the club formalized a plan to start growing a garden near the school’s parking lot in March.
Based on data from 130,000 corn acres from 2015 to 2018, the Precision Conservation Management initiative found that the farmers in their program who strip till made an average of $253 per corn acre.
Though the federal agency's latest report predicts yields will only see a 4 percent decline, which is much better than what analysts expected, those who tend local fields are projecting drops between 15 and 20 percent.
Next week, Richard Norman will point his Farmall 560 southwest from his home in Akron, Ind., and drive the approximately 170 miles to Rantoul for the Half Century of Progress show. The diesel tractor gets about 12 miles per gallon.
The honor roll of area state-fair stars continues to grow. Joining the hog-calling and karaoke champs spotlighted in these pages Monday: Paxton’s Faith Foster (Grand Champion Poultry Meat Pen), a 17-year-old high school senior.
Farmers and drug-enforcement agents spent decades trying to rid Illinois fields of cannabis, considered both a noxious weed and an illegal plant. But the star-shaped “cannabis sativa” is making the transition to commercial crop, now that the state has legalized hemp production and both medical and recreational marijuana use.
Lots of groundbreaking in this week’s Mailbag on everything from mastodon remains found during a construction project 50 years ago to road work to a university construction project to updated natural gas lines in Champaign to a new business.
During a court appearance Tuesday in Urbana, Chief U.S. District Judge Sara Darrow set a Nov. 18 trial date for James R. Williams, 59.
Attorney General Kwame Raoul said Thursday that he joined a coalition of attorneys general from 35 other states and D.C. in urging the FDA to work with them in developing regulations for the industry.
The central Illinois scene is filled with local producers looking to connect their communities more closely with the food they consume.
Though the Champaign County village's population clocks in under 2,000, gate receipts over the five days of this year's event were expected to hit around 8,500, with people from all over the area flocking to the fairgrounds for carnival rides, a country music concert, a tractor pull, a donkey race and a demolition derby, among other attractions.
It took four years of work from volunteers to restore the schoolhouse, which will be among the featured attractions at the I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club’s four-day show.
Items about rerouting U.S. routes 45 and 150 through Champaign-Urbana, the new football performance center, closed rest areas, the washboard surface of North Lincoln Avenue in Somer Township, blocked intersections, mowing the grass along rural roads, and how soon C-U will see flashing yellow arrows.