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Top livestock judges selected in state contest; Eric Schafer takes first place
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Someone unfamiliar with livestock judging may have wondered what ailment had come over the young people assembled in Room 150 of the Animal Science Lab on the University of Illinois campus. Everywhere one looked, teens were mumbling to themselves while they paced the floor.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017


Is buying a Buddha-shaped pear foolish or fun?
URBANA, Ill. – Square watermelons, star- and heart-shaped cucumbers, and even Buddha-shaped pears can be found in some grocery store produce bins. Who buys them? And why? A recent University of Illinois study found younger consumers with an eye for adventure are more likely to purchase these avant-garde fruits.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

THS FFA Students Meet With Senator Manar
SPRINGFIELD — Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) met with Taylorville students last week during the presentation of awards during the 89th Illinois Association FFA Convention in Springfield. The awards occurred during the annual meeting June 13-15 at the Bank of Springfield Center (formerly the Prairie Capital Convention Center). Pictured with Senator Manar are Harley Leatherman, 17; Kent Girard, 17; Jett Vickery, 15; Duncan Beck, 17; Anna Rever, 17. Pictured right is Anna Rever, a senior at Taylorville High School, with State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill). Rever earned a state proficiency award for her agriculture science research.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Slight changes to USDA WASDE report in June
URBANA, Ill. –  The USDA’s June World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report report of world supply and consumption projections contained a number of changes from the May report for corn and soybeans.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Winning Bull
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Pictured is Schafers Kingsly 6940 who won reserve senior bull calf champion at the 2017 Central Illinois Angus Association Preview Show, June 2 in Bloomington, Ill. Eric Schafer, Owaneco, Ill., owns the winning bull.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

U of I Extension to Host Dudley Smith Farm Project Field Day June 21
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — University of Illinois Extension Unit 18 will be hosting the Dudley Smith Farm Project Field Day on June 21 at the University of Illinois Dudley Smith Farm located off Route 29 between Taylorville and Pana, IL.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Corn holds strength on short covering, grains looking to yield for direction
TAYLORVILLE — The charts continue to show a short-term uptrend on the July corn contract but there is strong overhead resistance ranging from $3.93 to $3.95 that has roots that go all the way back to July of last year on the chart.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Univ. of Illinois Extension in Taylorville holds 4-H Public Presentations
TAYLORVILLE — Formal, Illustrated, and Extempore speeches were judged at the recent 4-H Public Presentations Night. 4-H Public Presentations were held on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at the U of I Extension Office in Taylorville.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Madison Taylor named one of twenty-four Farm Credit agriculture scholars
MAHOMET, Ill. — Madison Taylor, of Taylorville, was recognized as one of 24 members of the class of 2017 Farm Credit agriculture scholars at a luncheon at Farm Credit Illinois (FCI) in Mahomet Thursday.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Managed money poised to impact markets should prolonged heat develop
CHICAGO (AP) — A study gives reassuring news for breast cancer survivors who want to have children. Those who later became pregnant were no more likely to have their cancer come back than those who did not have a baby.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Pana Freshman Wins State FFA Title
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Recently, the Pana FFA chapter competed in the State FFA Livestock Judging Contest which was held at the University of Illinois Farm in Champaign. During this event students were required to evaluate cattle, swine, sheep and goats, and present oral reasons on their placings. The Pana FFA team members were Chase Temmen, Amanda Hall, Terri Hall and Eric Schafer. To prepare for the state competition the Pana team competed in the Lincoln Land Community College Judging Contest where they finished in the top five teams overall. At state, the Pana FFA team placed in the top ten overall while freshman Eric Schafer was named the High Individual of the 2017 State FFA Livestock Judging Contest. This is the first time in event history that a freshmen has won this State FFA event. The team plans to continue livestock judging in the future and expand their horizons to horse evaluation in the fall.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Illinois lawmakers consider letting farmers grow hemp
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Lawmakers in Springfield have been considering a bill that would allow Illinois farmers to grow industrial hemp.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Growing, hands-on preserving workshop series offered
TAYLORVILLE — Join University of Illinois Extension as Andrew Holsinger, Horticulture Educator and Lisa Peterson, Nutrition and Wellness Educator team up to provide a workshop on culture, selection, care, pest management, and maintaining strawberry plants. Peterson will cover the nutritional benefits of strawberries, watch a food demonstration using strawberries, and participants will taste test recipes and water-bath can their own strawberry jam to take home.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Soybean sleuth, researcher to be keynote speaker
URBANA, Ill. — The email addresses of most of the faculty and staff at the University of Illinois are the first initial and a portion of their last name. Not so for U of I Professor Emeritus Theodore Hymowitz. His email address speaks to his passion and lifelong pursuit: soyui.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Sensors replacing soil sampling at crop research site
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Researchers at the University of Illinois are trying something new on the country’s oldest experimental crop field.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Alumni invited to share ACES experience with kids
NA, Ill. — University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) alumni are encouraged to register to attend ACES Family Academies with their young Illini fans ages 8 to 13 on July 13-14.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Better than expected weekend weather, still beans test new lows, corn struggles
TAYLORVILLE — From a broader perspective, weather across much of the Midwest was mostly benign over the long weekend, which resulted in some selling interest when trade resumed on Tuesday.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Farm Credit Illinois donates to LLCC ag program
SPRINGFIELD—Farm Credit Illinois recently presented a $5,000 check to the Lincoln Land Community College Foundation for use by the college’s agriculture program. The funds will be used to support student scholarships and several events hosted by the LLCC Ag Club including the fall Ag Career Expo and spring Farmers’ Share Luncheon.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Advocates say federal role is crucial for iconic American waterway cleanups
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Trump administration makes a straightforward case for slashing $427 million in federal spending to heal ailing regional water bodies such as the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound: State and local governments should do the work and foot the bill.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

IDOT: New mowing approach to protect Monarch
SPRINGFIELD – To help revive the shrinking populations of the monarch butterfly and other pollinators, the Illinois Department of Transportation is adjusting its mowing routine along state highways this spring and summer. The approach, part of IDOT’s overall effort to encourage green and sustainable practices in all its programs and projects, will help to re-establish types of plants that are food sources for bees, butterflies and other insects that are native to Illinois.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Area students recognized at Lake Land ag awards
 MATTOON — Lake Land College recently honored students in its agricultural majors at the 46th Annual Agriculture Banquet.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Turkey season: County's harvest up from last year
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary statewide total of 15,719 wild turkeys during the 2017 Spring Turkey Season, including the youth season. The 2017 total compares with the statewide turkey harvest of 15,484 in 2016. The statewide preliminary total includes the record Youth Turkey Season harvest of 1,541 birds, compared with youth season harvest of 1,045 turkeys in 2016.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Lake Land offers Ag Institute I, II, and III
MATTOON — Lake Land College is offering three opportunities this summer for educators to learn more about the ag industry. Ag Institutes are designed for K-12 educators to learn about the wide impact agriculture has on our daily lives. By touring ag businesses and farms, meeting with industry professionals and engaging in hands-on activities, participants will gain firsthand knowledge they can share with their students as well as lesson plans relating to state of Illinois teaching standards. 
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Taylorville native, Kari Keating, among U of I professors who win ag awards

URBANA, Ill. — Eight professors in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois have been recognized as among the best in the nation in agricultural education.

 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Freshman places 8th overall individually
TAYLORVILLE — Over the past 6 months, four Taylorville FFA members have been working extremely hard practicing their livestock judging skills in preparations for several contests throughout the state of Illinois and especially the State FFA Contest.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Planting progress exceeds expectations despite rain; exports drop due to floods

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE — After jumping out to a higher start in the beginning of May, corn has settled back into a lower grove this week. In the process, it has reinforced resistance on the charts after it failed to breakthrough the $3.80 level on the July contract.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

U of I Study: Dairy "excellent" source of protein for children
URBANA — Researchers at the University of Illinois are using pigs as a model to study the best way of evaluating protein quality in foods eaten by children.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Lush green grass presents nutritional challenges for cattle
URBANA, Ill. — It is a little counterintuitive: Cattle standing knee-deep in spring grass may not be getting the nutrition they need from the lush young forage.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Prices jump as weather sparks acre transition debate
TAYLORVILLE — Grain trade has been higher this week on weather concerns. Excess precipitation has resulted in planting delays in the corn market, and cold temperatures and snow in parts of Kansas and Texas have traders concerned about the viability of the wheat crop there.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Central A&M FFA attends Ag Career Day
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Domestic acreage battle to play key role in coming weeks

Owen Lasswell

Breeze-Courier Writer

TAYLORVILLE— The corn to soybean price ratio has improved from 2.42 percent to 2.52 percent this month, which could work to transition some corn acres to soybeans, especially if wet weather materializes in the next couple of weeks. 


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Current corn market price factors for 2017
URBANA, Ill. –  The July corn futures price closed over the past week at the low end of the price range, between $3.60-$3.80, which it has fluctuated within since early March. According to a University of Illinois agricultural economist, lower corn prices appear to reflect mixed expectations regarding demand factors and the potential for large supplies coming out of South America.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

University of Illinois Agronomy Day turns 60
URBANA, Ill. – The 60th annual Agronomy Day will be held at the University of Illinois on Thursday, Aug. 17. Equipment and crop varieties may have changed, but the goal of Agronomy Day has been consistent since its inception in 1957: to communicate cutting-edge research results that will benefit the Illinois farming community.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Warm soils reported throughout state in April
Champaign, Ill.  — Warmer weather across the state has led to higher than normal soil temperatures, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring (WARM) Program manager at the University of Illinois’ Illinois State Water Survey.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Central A&M FFA Attends Ag Legislative Day
SPRINGFIELD — On Thursday, March 30 , members from the Central A&M FFA Chapter traveled to the Capitol in Springfield to participate in Agriculture Legislative Day.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Corn and soybeans: Delays in planting may influence acreage decisions
URBANA, Ill. — Since the release of the March 31 Prospective Plantings Report and the April World Agricultural Supply report, the corn and soybean markets turn their focus to spring planting.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

CAM FFA Members Attend Open House
MATTOON, Ill. —Nine Central A&M FFA members traveled to Lake Land College to participate in an Open House for Ag Students.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Pork industry favored by growing U.S. economy, robust growth in exports
URBANA, Ill. — Hog prices are expected to increase in 2017 even with 3 percent more pork production.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

U of I researcher is developing model to put dollar value to biodiversity
URBANA, Ill. — Talk to just about any biologist long enough and the conversation will steer toward the benefits of biodiversity.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

USDA and Brazil release reports showing increased production esimates
TAYLORVILLE — The grain markets are still stuck in a long-term downtrend. Corn has rebounded slightly on oversold conditions after the March selloff while beans, on the other hand, have stabilized, but are still hovering near recent lows. For the week, May corn is up seven cents and May beans are down three cents.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Parliamentary Procedure
SULLIVAN, Ill. — The Central A&M FFA traveled to Sullivan High School to compete in the Section 16 Parliamentary Procedure Contest on March 22.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Top Five
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Abby Forlines traveled to the University of Illinois in Champaign to compete in the State FFA Proficiency Award Judging on March 25.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Implications of prospective plantings, grain stocks reports for corn and beans
URBANA, Ill. — On March 31, the USDA released the Prospective Plantings and Grain Stocks reports. The Grain Stocks report gives an opportunity to assess the pace of consumption for corn and soybeans during the current marketing year.  The Prospective Plantings report provides the first indication of the potential size of corn and soybean crops during 2017.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

3 THS FFA members named State FFA winners
LINCOLN, Ill. — The State finals of the Illinois FFA Proficiency Awards were held Saturday March 25, 2017 at the University of Illinois in Lincoln Auditorium. Taylorville had eight members competing for State honors which were more students qualifying for this event than any other school in the state of Illinois!
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Trade flatlines ahead of USDA quarterly stocks and acreage report
TAYLORVILLE — Grain trade has been marking time this week ahead of the March 31 USDA Quarterly Stocks and Acreage report, a report that typically has widespread implications and one that is important for establishing baseline levels that serve as a barometer for production changes throughout the year.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017












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