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Corn planted was at 88%, compared to 100% for both last year and five-year average. Corn emerged was at 74%. Corn condition was 4% very poor, 11% poor, 34% fair, 45% good, and 6% excellent. Soybeans planted was at 70%, compared to 99% last year and the 5-year average of 95%. Soybeans emerged was at 50%.

Farmers were able to make planting progress during a dry window midweek, according to Greg Matli, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Indiana Field Office. However, heavy rain events at the beginning and end of the week kept soil moisture levels high, with reports of ponding in some fields.

Remember when we were kids and summers were spent riding our bicycles around the neighborhood? We’d screech around corners, never worrying about balance or falls.

So many family photos hide in our computers, scrapbooks and photo albums. Some make it into frames on a dresser or piano. But how about taking a step beyond photos, and display an original portrait on a wall in your home?

Sonara Smart Dodd was raised by her father, a widower with six children. Dodd wanted to honor her father and fathers everywhere by establishing an official equivalent to Mother’s Day. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support.

Most American farmers spent the last week of May and the first week of June either driving through mud or stuck in it. Their two farming partners, Mother Nature and Uncle Sam, were little help; one brought threats of more rain and mud, the other threats of more tariffs and bailouts.

Records obtained under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act confirmed what we already have known about the market facilitation payments made to compensate farmers for the loss of soybean sales to China as the result of the current trade dispute: a large portion of the funds went to a very narrow slice of farming operations.

Farm and ranch families know how to stretch every dollar, and we take that same care here at Farm Bureau with every dollar that comes our way. We want you all to get the best value from your membership.

If you are looking to protect the environment, support wildlife and pollinators, and require less inputs for your landscape, consider planting native plant species. Native plant species have different meanings for some people.

ALTAMONT, Ill. — Known for his hit “I Serve a Savior,” country music sensation Josh Turner is one of the highlights at the 2019 Effingham County Fair.

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