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Price at the Pump printed July 17, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

This week's wildflower
This native of Asia is a member of the Spiderwort family. It has 3 petals, 2 bright blue and 1 smaller and white. The flowers emerge from a boat-like sheath one at a time and last only one day. It is a host plant for the Pearl Crescent butterfly caterpillar.
Saturday, July 19, 2014

FFA Alumni, Stonington Lions host annual Sweet Corn Supper
Taylorville FFA members, Alumni members, and Lions Club members were hard at work this week picking and shucking sweet corn for the Annual Sweet Corn Supper.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

USDA reports, weather items stifle rally potential
The last six days in the grain markets have featured two bearish reports from the USDA, which have served only to reinforce the already pessimistic outlook.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Flying tractors buzz local cornfields
TAYLORVILLE — After fueling four of his “aerial applicators” and sending them on their way, Chuck Holzwarth of Chuck Holzwarth Flying Service retires to the lounge of the Taylorville Municipal Airport. His planes can be heard buzzing in the distance, making up for time lost to storms earlier in the day.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Price at the Pump - July 15, 2014
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Price at the Pump - July 14, 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014

Price at the Pump printed July 11, 2014
Friday, July 11, 2014

Price at the Pump printed July 10, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Price at the Pump printed July 9, 2014
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

United States places first in International Soils Judging
UNITED STATES — While many tuned in to watch the World Cup to see which team would become the globe's soccer champs, others watched a competition of a different kind: one that named the earth's best identifiers of slices of earth.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

USDA reports help brighten hogs and pigs outlook
URBANA, Ill. – According to Purdue University Extension economist Chris Hurt, pork producers might want to say thank you for the recent USDA reports that have sharply brightened their profit outlook.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Price at the Pump printed July 7, 2014
Monday, July 7, 2014

This Week's Wildflower - July 6, 2014
Saturday, July 5, 2014

Price at the Pump printed July 3, 2014
Thursday, July 3, 2014

Price at the Pump printed July 2, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Large corn and soybean stocks, large crop potential?
URBANA, Ill. — The USDA’s June Grain Stocks report showed much larger June 1 stocks of both corn and soybeans than had been anticipated by the market. The Acreage report revealed much larger acreage of soybeans than had been anticipated, according to a University of Illinois agricultural economist.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

County signs off on new farm assessment law
TAYLORVILLE — According to the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR), the lowest performing farm ground in the State of Illinois will, on average, yield a return of $105.29 per acre after production costs. Some of the highest producing ground in the state, on the other hand, will yield a return of $217.31 per acre after production costs. From those figures, it appears as though superior ground will outperform inferior ground at a rate of roughly two to one.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Price at the Pump for July 1, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Price at the Pump for June 30, 2014
Monday, June 30, 2014

This Week's Wildflower
Saturday, June 28, 2014

Price at the Pump printed June 27, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014

Rutherford seeking submissions for Cream of the Crop photo contest
SPRINGFIELD –Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is reminding young photographers to submit photos for the annual Cream of the Crop Photo Contest.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

University of Illinois plans new swine research facility
URBANA, Ill. – A substantial gift for a new biomedical swine research unit at the University of Illinois will increase capability for research regarding learning and memory in young pigs with the goal of understanding how nutrition affects brain development in human infants.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Markets prep for stocks and acreage report
Grain trade remains firmly fixated on weather elements. Flooding concerns in areas of the Northern Corn Belt created a short covering rally late last week, but impressive condition ratings have continued to limit sustained buying interest.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Price at the Pump printed June 25, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Price at the Pump printed June 24, 2014
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Price at the Pump printed June 23, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014

Area Youth Win at Angus Show
Saturday, June 21, 2014

This Week's Wildflower. . .
Saturday, June 21, 2014

What is the potential for U.S. corn and soybean yields?
URBANA, Ill. — “Expectations for the U.S. average corn and soybean yields this year have increased in recent weeks,” said University of Illinois economist Darrel Good. “Corn planting got off to a slow start, much like last year.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Farm Bureau announces speaker for ag dinner
TAYLORVILLE — Laura Harmon, Senior Legal Counsel with Illinois Farm Bureau will be the featured keynote speaker at the Christian County Farm Bureau’s annual Ag Appreciation Dinner.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Nafziger optimistic about spring nitrogen levels
URBANA, Ill. – According to a University of Illinois crop scientist, the Illinois corn crop is off to a good start in many fields and in most areas just starting its rapid growth phase (V5 to V8 stage).
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wildflower of the week
From April to July this daisy like flower can be found along roadsides throughout Illinois. This variety has slightly larger blossoms than the other Erigerons (about 1”) and also has the most threadlike rays (usually pink) up to 150 per flower head , surrounding the yellow center disk. It has a slight fragrance.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

USDA announces funding to combat PEDv
Washington, D.C., June 5, 2014 – In response to the significant impact porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) and porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV) are having on U.S. pork producers, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $26.2 million in funding to combat these diseases.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Drones give farmers eye in the sky to check crop progress
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — This growing season, crop researchers at the University of Illinois are experimenting with the use of drones – unmanned aerial vehicles – on the university’s South Farms.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Weather items dominant in pre-report decline
The grain markets have been unable to escape the intense influence, from weather items, that has persisted over the last month. The USDA’s weekly crop progress and condition report reinforced that notion.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Price at the Pump printed June 11, 2014
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Price at the Pump printed June 10, 2014
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Price at the Pump for June 9, 2014
Monday, June 9, 2014

This Week's Wildflower - June 8, 2014
Saturday, June 7, 2014

CCFB Young Ag Leaders names 2014 scholarship winner
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Andrew Livingston, the son of Dale Livingston of Nokomis, received the Christian County Young Ag Leaders $500 scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually to one Christian County student pursuing a degree in an agricultural related field.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Purdue's Hurt considers effects of declining hog prices
URBANA, Ill. – Speculation that the PED virus had greatly reduced pig numbers took lean hog futures prices to astounding heights. According to a Purdue University Extension economist, now markets have a better understanding that, although the PED virus certainly did its damage, death loss may have been overanticipated in February and March, and producers have been able to compensate for a substantial portion of lost animals by much higher weights.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Markets lower on impressive condition report
The grain trade remains firmly rooted in a weather market. Near ideal conditions over the last two weeks have limited buying interest, though the flash flooding and wind damage that occurred yesterday in parts of the Western Corn belt could result in a decline in next week’s condition report.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Price at the Pump printed May 30, 2014
Friday, May 30, 2014

Central A&M FFA celebrates at awards banquet
MOWEAQUA — On Monday, May 12th, the Central A&M FFA Chapter held their annual awards banquet at the First Christian Church in Moweaqua.
Friday, May 30, 2014

Price at the Pump printed May 29, 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014

Price at the Pump for May 28, 2014
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Planting progress surpasses five-year averages
Grain trade has been slow in choppy trade this week as focus remains in the field and on weather items. Fundamentally, the market seems uninspired and analysts seem content to wait for bigger developments in the inevitable acre battle.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Local FFA Chapter member Brandon Butcher places 3rd in State Public Speaking Contest
BLOOMINGTON — The National FFA Organization’s main focus is “Premier Leadership, Personal Growth, and Career Success.” One of the premier events that teach these skills is public speaking contests.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Soybean injury from soil-applied herbicides increasing across Illinois acres
URBANA, Ill. - Integrated weed management programs offer the greatest potential for long-term sustainable solutions to weed populations demonstrating resistance to herbicides from multiple families, according to a University of Illinois weed scientist.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

FFA members use landscaping talents to spruce up State FFA Center
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Ag students assist with THS landscapes & grad arrangements
TAYLORVILLE — Agriculture classes at Taylorville High School always give students hands-on opportunities, but during this time of year the work is very beneficial to the school.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Andrew Livingston awarded Beck's Hybrid National FFA Scholarship
TAYLORVILLE — Recently, Taylorville FFA member Andrew Livingston was awarded a $2000 National FFA Scholarship from Beck’s Hybrid. In February, Andrew completed the National FFA Scholarship Application which qualified him for numerous FFA Scholarships.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Price at the Pump for May 27, 2014
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Price at the Pump for May 26, 2014
Monday, May 26, 2014

This Week's Wildflower - May 25, 2014
Saturday, May 24, 2014

Price at the Pump printed May 23, 2014
Friday, May 23, 2014

Price at the Pump printed May 22, 2014
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Price at the Pump printed May 21, 2014
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Planting advances on benign weather items
Corn trade has been lower this week due to benign weather and technical liquidation. On Tuesday, July Corn closed below the 100-day moving average and right on the 200-day average yesterday.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Taylorville FFA named Reserve State Champion Livestock Judging Team
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — On April 25, 2014, the Taylorville FFA Livestock Judging team competed at State FFA Livestock Judging Contest in Champaign, IL. The Taylorville FFA team ranked second overall in the contest and won the division of reasons. Over 125 FFA Teams from across the state of Illinois competed.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

U of I plans weed science field research tours
URBANA, Ill. – Weed science faculty and researchers at the University of Illinois will host a field research tour, highlighting research plots on the U of I campus.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Price at the Pump printed May 19, 2014
Monday, May 19, 2014

Wildflower of the week
This small flowering tree is sometimes called May tree, and is the origin of the traditional English Maypole. The leaves are oval shaped and serrated, while the blossoms grow in clusters with 5 snowy white petals.
Saturday, May 17, 2014

Price at the Pump printed May 16, 2014
Friday, May 16, 2014

Price at the Pump printed May 15, 2014
Thursday, May 15, 2014

August Creek Farm in Assumption to debut CSA program
ASSUMPTION — Christian County will soon have another avenue in which to buy local heirloom fruits and vegetables. Fifth generation farmer and Assumption native, Andrea Corzine, has recently returned to Illinois in order to start her own Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program at August Creek Farm.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Philanthropic cowboy travels through Christian County
TAYLORVILLE — Open range cowboys are often romanticized in old-time spaghetti westerns or crooned about by opry members, but few of those performers are able to capture the true spirit of the American cowboy.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Illinois' Good: Second guessing USDA corn projections
URBANA, Ill. – The USDA’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report (WASDE) released on May 9 contained updated projections for consumption of U.S. corn during the current marketing year and updated production and consumption projections for the 2014-15 marketing year.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Price at the Pump printed May 14, 2014
Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Price at the Pump printed May 13, 2014
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Price at the Pump printed May 12, 2014
Monday, May 12, 2014

This Week's Wildflower - May 11, 2014
Saturday, May 10, 2014

Price at the Pump printed May 9, 2014
Friday, May 9, 2014

Grains reverse on end of month, quarter liquidation
The grain markets appear a little fragile this week after last Thursday’s dramatic reversal lower. The weakness was most notable in the bean market where the trade witnessed a fifty-cent move to the downside.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Over 100 Taylorville FFA members awarded at annual banquet
TAYLORVILLE — Recently, the Taylorville FFA Chapter held its Annual Chapter FFA Banquet. One of the largest crowds in the history of the Chapter attended this honorable event, with 272 members and guest present.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

IFB and affiliates host annual career fair and food drive
SPRINGFIELD, IL — More than 500 FFA members, County Farm Bureau Managers, FFA advisors from 83 Illinois counties attended the 2014 Illinois Farm Bureau® & Affiliates Youth Conference, April 7-8 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Springfield.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Lake Land to offer free Ag Institute for K-12 educators
MATTOON, IL — Lake Land College will offer three sessions of the Ag Institute this summer. Ag Institutes are designed for K-12 educators to learn the amazing impact agriculture has on our daily lives.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Price at the Pump printed May 5, 2014
Monday, May 5, 2014

Pawnee man wins Farmall® tractor from Case IH
TAYLORVILLE — On April 29th, Caleb May of Pawnee was presented with the Farmall® 55A tractor that he won from Case IH. Case IH awarded nine new Farmall® tractors to the runners-up of the 2014 American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers awards.
Saturday, May 3, 2014

Price at the Pump printed May 2, 2014
Friday, May 2, 2014

Price at the Pump printed May 1, 2014
Thursday, May 1, 2014

Price at the Pump printed April 30, 2014
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

More than 100 sickened after food safety summit
BALTIMORE (AP) — Health officials are investigating what may have sickened over 100 people who attended a conference where more than 1,300 food safety experts had gathered.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Taylorville FFA hosts annual banquet
TAYLORVILLE — FFA Advisor Monte Elvidge speaks to over 270 members and guests at the 2014 Taylorville FFA banquet. The event showcased FFA members and their contributions.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tool helps Del. farmers talk to pesticide sprayers
GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — This March a nationally used tool to enhance communication between pesticide sprayers and farmers with sensitive crops became available to farmers in Delaware.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Weather slows planting, emerges as primary influence
Corn trade has been higher in mixed trade this week. U.S. weather, and the subsequent effect it will have on planting, should emerge as the preeminent market mover over the next several weeks.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Price at the Pump printed April 29, 2014
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

This Week's Wildflower
Saturday, April 26, 2014

Hundreds of cases of pig virus reported in Illinois
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois agriculture officials say there have been hundreds of cases of a deadly pig virus in Illinois.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spring corn planting still sputters in key states
ST. LOUIS (AP) — At a time most years when farmers would be in full swing of planting corn, Stanley Blunier and most other growers near his central Illinois farm still hadn't begun the annual ritual on Tuesday because fields simply are too wet or too cold to be receptive to fragile seeds.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Debate still simmers over proposed 'Field of Dreams' location
DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) — A quarter-century after "Field of Dreams" debuted in movie theaters, the northeastern Iowa farm where it was filmed remains at the center of simmering debates.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Weekly Outlook: How many acres of soybeans are needed?
URBANA, Ill. – The USDA’s survey of U.S. crop producers last month revealed intentions to plant 81.493 million acres of soybeans this year. That is 3.765 million more than reported as planted or intended to be planted in June of last year, 4.96 million more than actually planted in 2013, and 4.042 million more than the previous record acreage in 2009.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Marketing becomes important for small farms to compete
CONGERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Congerville farmer Henry Brockman admits he doesn’t understand Facebook. “I’ve never seen Facebook with my own eyes,” said Brockman, whose business is called Henry’s Farm.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Weekly Ag Market Breakdown
Corn trade has chopped sideways to lower with more open weather encouraging some selling in the near term. For the week, May corn finished 4 lower, and December corn was 2 lower. Trade has not challenged the highs from last week on strength.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Price at the Pump printed April 23, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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