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  • Hats off to fairground foundation effort
    There have been articles and blogs written by yours truly about the pathetic infrastructure conditions at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, including one I wrote two weeks ago after heavy rains hit the area on opening night.
  • Auction hits high mark at Union County Fair
    With 50 hogs, steers and lambs auctioned at the Junior Livestock Show, a record $57,400 was spent on the young producers’ animals, up from $52,000 last year.
  • Soybeans heavy late-season nutrient users
    The days of feeding the corn and let next year’s soybeans scavenge are over for farmers aiming to squeeze every bushel out of each acre.
  • ‘Ground Breakers’ test new soybeans
    Thirty-three farmers in five states participated in the full Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Crop System trials this growing season for the first soybeans tolerant to both glyphosate and dicamba herbicides.
  • Record year for Illinois wheat
    Despite naysaying in early May, this year was a “good year and an interesting year” for wheat. That’s how John Pike of Pike Ag LLC sized up the 2016 season.
  • 1st Farm Credit donates $100,000 to ag groups
    A $100,000 gift will benefit nearly 118 groups dedicated to the future of Illinois agriculture and rural communities. To capstone the 100-year anniversary of the Farm Credit System, the 1st Farm Credit Services directors made the donation to groups making a difference in their communities.
  • Superior Young Dairy Producer Award winners
    The 2016 Superior Young Dairy Producer Award program was held Aug. 20 at the Illinois State Fair. Twenty-eight 4-H and FFA dairy project members from across Illinois took part.
  • Fashion designer learns sewing skills in 4-H
    Bett Barnett started sewing as a 4-H member, and this year she is celebrating the 40th anniversary of her boutique.
  • USDA to buy 11 million pounds of cheese
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced plans to purchase 11 million pounds of cheese from private inventories to assist food banks and pantries across the nation, while reducing a cheese surplus that is at its highest level in 30 years.
  • Respondents find 3 main benefits of cover crops
    Modest corn and soybean yield gains, broadleaf weed control and improved soil health were among the benefits the 2,200 respondents reported in the fourth annual cover crop survey.
  • Interest leads to work with congressman
    Jennifer White has a passion for public service. “I love to watch legislators operate, and I’ve always had a passion for Congress,” said White, the constituent services director for U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville.
  • Farmer warns about glyphosate-resistant weeds
    His area of the state probably is better known for its gambling and casino boats than it is for weed problems. But Gary Bailey had a warning for fellow farmers north of the Mason-Dixon Line — don’t gamble with glyphosate-resistant weeds.
  • Aerial system identifies stressed crops
    Using an unmanned aerial system to take photos of fields can help farmers identify applicator or implement errors as well as stressed plants.
  • Individual nozzle control creates consistent droplet size
    A spraying utopia is when it doesn’t matter what speed the sprayer is going and what the boom angle is, you get a consistent rate at each nozzle, said Jeff Rohlena during a RavenX Event.
  • Rauner open to review of livestock facilities law
    Gov. Bruce Rauner says he would consider opening up for review the state’s Livestock Facilities Management Act that governs the permitting, siting and construction of livestock facilities in the state.

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