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  • ‘I’ states poised for yield records
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts corn and soybean yield records will be shattered this fall. Corn production is forecast at 14 billion bushels, up 1 percent from 2013. Yields are expected to average 167.4 bushels per acre, up 8.6 bushels from 2013.
  • Farm equipment day offers hands-on experience
    Students at Pine Tree Elementary School could barely sit still during a recent farm equipment day in Avon. The smiles on the student’s faces grew as they moved to stations featuring a variety of tractors, combines, sprayers and a semi.
  • Palmer amaranth plays by its own rules
    Farmers going toe to toe against Palmer amaranth will lose. “This thing will outgrow us. We don’t have enough spray rigs in this state. We don’t have enough folks that can operate them,” University of Illinois weed specialist Aaron Hager said.
  • Brazil’s soybean yield winners share insights
    Yield contestants from Brazil and Illinois compared notes at a gathering hosted by the Illinois Soybean Association. National Challenge of Maximum Soybean Yield was established to stimulate productivity and collect information to share with growers in Brazil.
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  • Jared Finegan
    This has had to be the most comfortable summer weather we have had in my adult life. Hope everyone has enjoyed all the fun summer activities this year. This cool weather has not been the best for the crops, however. It may not be an early harvest. 
  • Ted Mottaz
    The growing season continues to amaze me and my fellow area farmers. Just as we were starting to get a little dry with yards showing some stress, we got about 2 inches of rain for the week. The corn potential is fairly well set. 
  • Grant Noland
    Should a large corn and soybean crop materialize, producers and commercial facilities will face challenges in harvest logistics. As a former elevator manager, a record — potentially wet — corn crop will keep you up at night. 
  • David Droste
    Beans will need to be watched closely for leaf disease since the rain and the foggy mornings that we have been having can cause disease to develop and justify fungicide applications. 
  • Darren Frye
    Are you proud of your family farming operation? Are you confident and excited about how your farm has developed — and where you’re headed in the future? Successful operations should be proud of what they have accomplished. 
  • New coliseum dominates Indiana State Fair
    Every summer a different commodity is highlighted at the Indiana State Fair. There’s been “Year of the Corn,” “Year of the Dairy Cow” and many other themes, but this year is unlike anything we’ve seen. 
  • Spring: Farmers hard at work keeping world fed
    Finally, it’s here. Spring. Warmer weather. This past week, I spent mostly on the road, traveling to five different farms in northern and north-central Illinois. 
  • U.S grain quality top-notch for export
    The U.S. Grains Council recently released a report that serves as an important piece of the competitive global market in promoting our corn. 
  • Farmers should take time to take care of bodies, mind
    Farmers are some of the hardest working people out there. Constant lifting, pushing, fixing and running between fields, balanced with maintaining a family life, they often push their bodies to the limit. 
  • Farm stories need to be told
    I’ve been told that, for a long time, farmers and ag businesses were quiet when it came to telling their stories. Stories of hard work, integrity and progress. Things to be proud of. I’m glad that I’ve heard so many of these stories over the years — even before I worked in the agriculture industry. 

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