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  • Bison rancher learns on job
    Friday, November 27, 2015 5:00 PM
    Bison are instinctual. Being a bison rancher is not. Looking back, Zach Martin sees as a waste the time he spent coming up with excuses not to work on Mike Surak’s Fortville bison farm. 
  • D.C.-area farm raises Randall Linebacks
    Friday, November 27, 2015 3:00 PM
    Ten years ago, Robert Wiedmaier was among a handful of D.C. chefs invited to a private dinner hosted by Brian McBride, formerly of Blue Duck Tavern. On the menu: seven courses of America’s oldest and rarest breed of cattle. 
  • Giant ketchup bottle gets new owner
    Friday, November 27, 2015 1:00 PM
    A towering ketchup bottle and familiar southwestern Illinois roadside symbol has a new owner. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that O’Fallon construction company owner Franklin Bieri bought the 170-foot-tall, onetime Collinsville water tower billed as the “World’s Largest Bottle of Catsup.” 
  • Priority watersheds selected for nutrient, sediment-loss initiative
    Friday, November 27, 2015 11:00 AM
    The Clinton Lake and Upper Macoupin watersheds were selected for the Mississippi River Basin Health Watersheds Initiative to reduce nutrient and sediment losses. 
  • Steady water levels expected in Great Lakes
    Friday, November 27, 2015 9:00 AM
    Water levels in the Great Lakes should remain mostly above average over the next six months as a powerful El Niño gives the region a break after two bitterly cold winters, but it’s unclear whether there will be longer-term effects, federal scientists said recently. 
  • Reduce energy use to save money this winter
    Although we have enjoyed a warm fall season, remember we live in Illinois and next week could be a different story. 
  • Xtend soybeans nearing market release
    SPONSORED: Farmers who battle glyphosate-resistant and other tough-to-control weeds will have an additional weed management tool in 2016 with the anticipated introduction of the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System. 
  • Feed the birds this winter
    Winter is coming. No, I am not a Game of Thrones fan; but let’s be honest, it is just around the corner. Winter brings many changes. One of these is that many birds migrate out of the area in the fall. 
  • Unusual growing year brings weed, insect surprises
    SPONSORED: An unusual growing year that went from extremely wet to very dry brought surprises, some welcome, some not, even before combines started rolling in farm fields. 
  • Prospects for corn, soybean production estimates
    Current corn and soybean prices reflect, in part, the large U.S. crops just harvested. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will release the final estimates of the size of those crops in the second week of January. 
  • Lily’s tale: Let me tell your animal stories
    Meet Lily. She’s a beloved 10-year-old miniature donkey who belongs to Andy Ulrich of Sumner in Lawrence County. Lily arrived in Andy’s care about a year ago, just before Andy’s church hosted its annual “A Walk to Bethlehem” live nativity. 
  • History comes alive at Vandalia Statehouse
    There was a time when history was not interesting to me, but that has really changed. I’ve learned that history is fascinating, especially when it involves talking with a farmer who has experienced vast changes in the way he manages his farm and the tools he uses to grow food and fiber. 
  • Why is Illinois losing ag scientists?
    Illinois farmers lost another valuable source of information this month to either industry or an out-of-state university. Entomologist Mike Gary announced his retirement from the University of Illinois to begin a new career with Monsanto as sustainable agricultural systems lead. 
  • What are you thankful for?
    It’s almost here — my favorite holiday of the year: Thanksgiving. Followed quickly by my least favorite day of the year, Black Friday. 
  • Toy cattle truck gets controversy rolling
    It’s actually not that big. I mean, it’s a toy truck. But for people on both sides of the issue, it’s a big deal. 

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