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  • High-yield plots smash 300, 100 barriers
    Monday, August 31, 2015 5:00 PM
    Completion of the transcontinental railway in 1869, the first around-the-world flight in 1924, breaking the sound barrier in 1947, the four-minute mile in 1954 and the moon landing in 1969 are just a small snippet of goals mankind has achieved. 
  • 5 reasons not to miss 2015 Farm Progress
    Monday, August 31, 2015 3:00 PM
    The premier agriculture trade show returns to Illinois for 2015, Sept. 1-3 in Decatur. The Farm Progress Show gives producers and farm companies the opportunity to connect face-to-face and discover how to build mutually beneficial relationships, said Matt Jungmann, show manager. 
  • New building highlights expansion project
    Monday, August 31, 2015 1:00 PM
    An Illinois community college has responded to a demand in the job market, which includes significant growth in agriculture-related fields, by expanding its offerings and constructing a facility to train more students for careers. 
  • Richland welding program suits Decatur native
    Monday, August 31, 2015 11:00 AM
    Even though Caleb Nale is training to be a welder, his career options are wide open. The 24-year-old Richland Community College student said he can pursue work with his welding skills in myriad locations and industries. 
  • Fulton County native runs both Illinois state fair events
    Monday, August 31, 2015 9:00 AM
    Fulton County native Patrick Buchen began May 5 as manager for both the Illinois State Fair in Springfield and the Du Quoin State Fair. He grew up on a grain and livestock farm in Avon, where his 90-year-old mother remains. 
  • Always put your best farm foot forward
    Chances are you have seen or heard someone being critical of production agriculture. Some consumer and environmental groups spend a lot of time finding fault with farmers, rather than getting to know us personally and learning the truth about how we raise crops and livestock. 
  • Tips on overcoming stubborn weeds
    Resistance to herbicides has been a management challenge as long as herbicides have been used for weed control. The introduction of crops with engineered resistance to glyphosate in 1996 prompted most growers to adopt a technology that was easy and efficient. 
  • Soybeans finally in
    With the corn taking off as it is, this is a critical time in our fertility program with the beginning of sidedressing of anhydrous ammonia. This is not a new practice for our farm. 
  • Progress spotty
    Out in the cornfields, things are all over the place. The first plantings of corn around here stayed in the ground for a good two to three weeks before it all came up. 
  • Scouting, sampling
    Pulling samples provided an opportunity to scout. Weed pressure is light, stands look even and populations are on target. 



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