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  • Plot program helps simplify complex decisions
    Many new corn hybrids, soybean varieties and ag input products hit the marketplace each year, adding to the complexity of farmers’ decision-making. Weeding through these complex management decisions can be difficult, time-consuming and frustrating. 
  • Deere to lay off 600
    Agricultural equipment maker Deere is announcing it will indefinitely lay off more than 600 employees at four of its factories in the Midwest as demand slumps. The affected sites are in the cities of East Moline and Moline in Illinois, as well as Ankeny, Iowa, and Coffeyville, Kan. 
  • Perseverance guides soybean group
    Past, present and future leaders celebrated the Illinois Soybean Association’s 50th anniversary at a reception just 10 miles from the farmstead where the notion of such a group was formulated. 
  • Syngenta hosts grand re-opening for facility
    Syngenta held a grand re-opening for its newly expanded Clinton corn and soybean research and development facility. The more than $12 million expansion represents a significant investment in the local economy and builds on the area’s reputation as a hub for ag innovation. 
  • Artesian hybrids convert water to grain more effectively
    Water, the most critical input to producing a successful crop, is variable and unpredictable in its availability from field to field, and even acre to acre. Growers can better manage weather conditions and optimize the conversion of water to grain by planting Artesian corn hybrids from Syngenta. 
  • Young farmers reaffirm ag roots
    As active members in the Lee County Farm Bureau, Mike Meusel, Aaron Wolf and Jeremy Wolf know the statistics. The U.S. farmer population is aging. That includes the Lee County farmer population. 
  • Costly weed hits home
    University weed specialists have spread the word the past few years about Palmer amaranth and how its move northward will be a game-changer in weed management strategies. 
  • Seed company puts customers first, profits second
    A Beck’s Hybrids employee who recently drove for hours to deliver two bags of seed to a farmer wasn’t thinking of the bottom line. But that type of behavior is exactly what company President Sonny Beck is looking for. 
  • Orr Beef Field Day to be Sept. 3
    University of Illinois researchers will be on hand to discuss current topics and situations producers are facing Sept. 3 at the annual Orr Beef Research Center Field Day. The meeting will be held at the John Wood Ag Center located on Route 104, located 18 miles east of Liberty. 
  • Ceremony kicks off Illinois State Fair
    A steady drizzle didn’t dampen the opening ceremony of the Illinois State Fair. Youngsters helped Gov. Pat Quinn, State Fair Manager Amy Bliefnick, Agriculture Director Bob Flider, Fair Queen Summer Robbins and Department of Natural Resources Director Marc Miller cut a ribbon marking the beginning of the fair. 
  • Animal docs will call shots on use of antibiotics on farms
    Veterinarians are being given wide leeway in determining how livestock producers may continue their use of antibiotics. 
  • Australian farmers get the dirt on U.S. farming
    For Ian Sutherland, it was the water. “We’re in a 12 to 13 inches of rainfall a year. We irrigate everything … that’s one significant difference,” Sutherland said. 
  • Argentine traders marvel at Illinois corn crop
    Jacinto Ramos made the sign of holding a phone up to his ear. Nearby, seven fellow grain traders from Argentina twisted off ears from outer rows of a corn field in rural Walnut. 
  • Cornpicker reunion site combines new, old techniques
    The year 1949 is best known in U.S. agriculture for the Agricultural Act of 1949, a precursor to today’s farm bill that included language about marketing quotas and price supports.  
  • Family manages outstanding Holstein herd
    The goal at Koester Dairy is to breed good, functional dairy cows. “We are not a show herd, but we are 100 percent registered,” said Dan Koester, who owns the dairy operation together with his wife, Amber, and their children. 
 



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