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home : ag & business : ag October 22, 2018

CAM FFA Earns 1st Place In Soil Judging
On Tuesday, October 2nd the Central A&M FFA participated in the Section 16 Soil Judging Contest which was hosted by Okaw Valley FFA.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Grain exports show mixed results, swine fever could disrupt trade
Last week, December corn showed its highest weekly close since early August; soybeans did as well.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Curtin ranked fifth in Angus registrations for Illinois
Curtin Land & Cattle, Blue Mound, ranked as fifth largest in registering the most Angus beef cattle in Illinois with the American Angus Association during fiscal year 2018, which ended Sept. 30, according to Allen Moczygemba, Association chief executive officer.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Local youth receive top honors at World Beef Expo
Taylorville FFA members Eric Schafer, Lizzie Schafer, and Jett Vickery competed at the World Beef Expo Sweepstakes Contest at the World Beef Show & Expo in Milwaukee, Wis.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Edinburg Greenhands
Members of the Edinburg FFA Chapter, Edinburg, Illinois, attended a youth leadership conference at the University of Illinois on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Edinburg FFA competes at career development event
The Edinburg FFA Chapter competed at the Section 16 Land Use Career Development Event on October 2  in Bethany.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Meet the farmers of the not-so-distant future: Robots
Brandon Alexander would like to introduce you to Angus, the farmer of the future. He’s heavyset, weighing in at nearly 1,000 pounds, not to mention a bit slow. But he’s strong enough to hoist 800-pound pallets of maturing vegetables and can move them from place to place on his own.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

CAM FFA Attends Elite Conference
On Thursday, September 20, four Central A&M FFA members traveled to the Heartland Community College to attend the 2018 Elite Conference.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Christian County 4H members participate in Livestock Judging
John Wood Community College (JWCC) recently held its 15th annual Ag Alumni Association Livestock Judging Invitational at the JWCC Agricultural Education Center. It was hosted by JWCC Agriculture Alumni Association and Livestock Evaluation Club.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Leadership Conference
Members of the Taylorville FFA Chapter, attended a youth leadership conference at the University of Illinois on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. The leadership conference focused on first-year FFA members from 50 chapters around the state.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

THS unlocking success at Leadership Training School
On Wednesday September 19, 25 THS FFA members were able to take part in Section 16 LTS (Leadership Training School). These members were able to take part in a great opening ceremony along with three breakout sessions. The sessions focused on leadership, team building and many other great skills FFA members should possess.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Weekly Outlook: Anticipating September 1 stocks for corn and soybeans
The USDA will release the Quarterly Grain Stocks report on Friday, Sept. 28.. The report indicates corn and soybean use during the fourth quarter of the 2017-18 marketing year. According to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs, corn and soybean prices are unlikely to find any support with the release of the report on Friday.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

As a billion in aid goes out to farmers, they worry bailout won't be enough
Farmers across the United States will soon begin receiving government checks as part of a billion-dollar bailout to buoy growers experiencing financial strain from President Donald Trump's trade disputes with China.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Helping to drive Pana's farm economy
Unless you use rural roads on the north side of Pana, you might not be acquainted with a thriving farm business which is helping to drive the farm economy around Pana.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Soybeans hit 10-year low on tariff announcement
Seasonal selling interest is strong as harvest is now fully underway in most areas. Corn has  dipped below important technical support levels on the chart as it has moved below the $3.45 mark. Soybean futures look worse as they have hit a 10-year low in response to record production levels that are now coming out of the field.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A first: Ag secretary visits Rhode Island
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue was in Rhode Island this week to gather public comment from farmers anxious over President Donald Trump's trade policy.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Area 4-H member earns scholarship
Nine $1,000 scholarships were earned by 4-H members enrolled in beef, swine, and sheep projects. The winners include Cody Knodle of Montgomery County, Tara Hummel of Kankakee County, Mary Perry of Adams County, Erin Curley of McDonough County, Andy Bates of Knox County, Kate Henkel of Woodford County, Lizzie Schafer of Christian County, Lane Schilling of Washington County, and Fredrick Grohmann of Monroe County.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

College of ACES open house to highlight research, learning opportunities
Students in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois are learning hands-on about food systems, starting from seed improvement and soil science to commercial food processing, as well as bioprocessing technologies for industry, thanks to new facilities and renovations across the ACES campus.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Prices waffle as uncertainty abounds from political, environmental concerns
Some uncertainty has permeated the market this week as Canadian and US negotiators go back and forth on the new NAFTA agreement that President Trump said he would sign last week. The details of the deal are not expected to be released until October 1, so even if the trade does get signed in the coming days, that uncertainty may linger for several more weeks.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

University of Illinois weekly outlook: Will the 2018 corn crop get smaller?
December corn prices approached contract lows not seen since the second week of July as August ended. The continued weakness in corn prices persists despite 2018-19 marketing-year projections of stocks to use near 11 percent. The August Crop Production report forecasted 2018 corn production at 14.586 billion bushels with a yield of 178.4 bushels per acre.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Global warming may spur more crop-eating bugs
A warmer world likely means more and hungrier insects chomping on crops and less food on dinner plates, a new study suggests.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Gestating sows don't digest calcium or phosphorus as well as growing pigs
Most values for digestibility of calcium and phosphorus are determined in growing pigs, with the long-held assumption that results can be applied to pigs at different life stages, including gestating and lactating sows. However, research is showing that sows may not absorb certain nutrients in the same way as growing pigs.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

DoE invests $1.1 million in sorghum disease resistance research at Illinois
Sorghum, a more drought-tolerant cousin to corn, is grown throughout the dry western Corn Belt region of the United States. The crop is traditionally grown for the grain, but newer cultivars have been developed to maximize vegetative biomass, a key trait for lignocellulosic bioenergy production. But before sorghum can meet its full potential as a bioenergy crop, it will need to become more resistant to diseases that can reduce its ability to produce biomass.
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Applications available for Pollinator Conservation grant
The natural habitat for butterflies, birds, bees andother pollinators is slowly being replaced by turf lawns and ornamental plants, but Trees Forever is helping landowners take active steps to save vital pollinators.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Indiana considers expanding industrial hemp market
More than 200 researchers around the world have published a research article saying they finally cracked the complete genome of wheat after 13 years of work.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Syngenta Crop Challenge focuses on improving water optimization in corn
Syngenta and the Analytics Society of INFORMS recently announced the launch of the 2019 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics. Operations research and data analytics students and professionals worldwide are invited to enter, using real-world crop data to develop models assessing the ability of corn hybrids to optimize water.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Researchers say they cracked complete wheat genome
More than 200 researchers around the world have published a research article saying they finally cracked the complete genome of wheat after 13 years of work.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Book Review: 'Seeds of Science' offers in-depth look at GMO crop debates
Mark Lynas has written a timely and important book about changing sides on the controversial topic of genetically modified crops, or GMOs. Whether you support or oppose that technology, "Seeds of Science" is full of surprises.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Composting Workshop tomorrow in Taylorville
Learn how to recycle kitchen food scraps into nutrient-packed worm compost.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Applications available for IL Buffer Partnership grants
Farmers, landowners, conservation groups and community leaders interested in reducing soil erosion, improving water and soil quality, and providing wildlife and pollinator habitat are invited to apply for Trees Forever's Illinois Buffer Partnership. Trees Forever is taking applications until December 31.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Orr Beef Research Center's 2018 Field Day scheduled for September 5th
The annual Orr Beef Research Center Field Day will take place at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5. The meeting will be held at the John Wood Ag Center located on State Highway 104 in Baylis. Speakers from the University of Illinois will lead discussions that will address research, current topics, and situations producers are facing on-farm. A meal will be provided to those who take part in the discussions and tour.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

U of I economist says tough marketing decisions await new crop soybeans
November soybean futures prices dropped significantly after the release of the August USDA reports. The November futures price closed at $8.93 on Aug. 17, higher last week after the news involving recent developments in trade negotiations with China. University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs says the sensitivity of soybean prices to trade issues and the potential for large yields creates difficult marketing decisions for new crop soybeans.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Cover crops key to soil enrichment and protection; what to plant this fall
After pulling out the last of this season’s tomatoes and cold-season crops, consider planting cover crops. Fall is the perfect time to start thinking about building the soil and replenishing soil nutrients for the next growing season.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Livestock, 4-H and general winners from Christian County at the State Fair
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

IDOA and Illinois Bicentennial to host Inaugural Prairie Heritage Ride
The Illinois Department of Agriculture has teamed up with Bicycle Illinois and the Springfield Bicycle Club to host a unique bicycle ride that will make nearly a dozen stops on a “spoke-to-farm” tour that highlights central Illinois agritourism. The inaugural Prairie Heritage Ride will take place September 10 –14, making stops in Springfield, Lincoln, Bloomington, Champaign, and Decatur.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Idaho agribusiness is first ever to receive gene editing licensing rights
A multinational agricultural company based in Idaho has acquired gene editing licensing rights that could one day be used to help farmers produce more crops and make grocery store offerings such as strawberries, potatoes and avocados stay fresher longer.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Pumpkin Field Day to be held at Ewing Center
Pumpkins are a huge part of the specialty crop industry in Illinois and the Midwest. Want to learn more about raising pumpkins or get the latest information on new varieties and pest management practices? Make sure to attend the annual Pumpkin Field Day hosted by the University of Illinois Extension.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

County 4-H awarded America's Farmers Grow Communities grant
Christian County farmer, Carol Reed, directed $2,500 to Christian County 4-H as part of the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Friday USDA report expected to show corn and bean yield increases
The short-term trends are still pointing higher for both corn and soybeans, but traders have been hesitant to increase their positions this week ahead of Friday’s USDA Supply and Demand report.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Cook-Off
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Conservation districts honor State Senator Manar
State Senator Andy Manar received the 2018 legislator of the year award from the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts Monday evening.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Facts about monarch butterflies and milkweed
Some facts about monarch butterflies and the milkweed plants they need to survive:
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

llinois farmer turns land into wildflower wonderland, wildlife haven
Jim Barker’s pickup truck bounced slowly across a field on his Hamilton County farm.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Tariff talks appear to have little influence on the sale of US soybeans
This week, corn and soybeans have been supported on the heels of global wheat production concerns. Last week, the international Grains Council released a report suggesting global wheat production could drop to a five-year low due, primarily, to heat and drought concerns in Europe and Australia.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Agriculture, urban habitat drive bird population changes
Land use changes are a major driver of species declines, but in addition to the habitat to which they’re best adapted, many bird species use “alternative” habitats such as urban and agricultural land. A new study from The Condor: Ornithological Applications documents a century of land use change in Illinois and shows that species’ long-term fate can depend on the availability and suitability of these alternative habitats.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Ag in the Classroom brings interactive summer program to Stonington
On July 10, kids at Stonington Public Library on July 12, thirty-five children learned about our Earth by listening to a story called “Our Big Home – An Earth Poem” by Linda Glasse.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

US announces $12 billion in relief to help farmers hurt by Trump tariffs
The Trump administration announced Tuesday it will provide $12 billion in emergency relief to ease the pain of American farmers slammed by President Donald Trump’s escalating trade disputes with China and other countries.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018















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