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  • Farmer wants to maintain land for next generation
    He’s just 3 and a half, but Coles County farmer Todd Easton’s son knows what he wants to be when he grows up. “He’s going to be a farmer, he’s all about it,” Easton said. 
  • Section 179 expensing boost awaits Congress
    If a piece of legislation awaiting a vote in Congress passes before the end of the year, things could get extra busy for equipment dealers. 
  • Arkansas takes No. 2 turkey producer spot
    Arkansas has trotted into second place among turkey-producing states after North Carolina's gobbler population fell sharply as U.S. turkey numbers hit a 28-year low. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports Minnesota remained king of the roost in 2014 with an estimated 45 million birds. 
  • Syngenta Harvest Chasers report yields
    Syngenta Harvest Chasers are traveling around the Midwest to report harvest results as the combines roll through the fields. “This is a way we can get stories out so other seed advisers can share stories with customers, versus here’s the seed guide and plot data,” explained Mike Shane, sales representative for Syngenta. 
  • Where does your stuffing start?
    Where does your stuffing start? Where are the pecans produced? Where is the celery grown? Western Illinois University GIS and Data Services Librarian Linda Zellmer has the answers. 
  • Economic hurdles influence resistance management
    Herbicide-resistant weeds are a “growing” problem and turning the corner toward control will require long-term strategies. 
  • Plant tissue samples reveal crop nutrient deficiencies
    CSI specialists found some important evidence among the thousands of tissue samples collected this year. The samples were not gathered in Las Vegas, Miami or New York, but rather across 38 states. Nor was the evidence from a crime, but instead a natural occurrence. 
  • USDA production estimates below trade expectations
    The corn bears’ momentum was subdued with a crop production report knuckleball on news that yields are projected below the trade guess. 
  • Illinois tops in corn, soybean yields
    The “I” states remain on track to break crop production records. The U.S. Department of Agriculture left Illinois’ average corn yield projection at a nation-leading 200 bushels per acre, up 22 from 2013. The previous record of 180 bushels per acre was set in 2004. 
  • Big corn crop gets wee bit smaller
    A corn production tweak moved ending stocks downward and average farm price projections up a dime in the latest supply and demand estimates. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reduced projected corn-ending stocks by 73 million bushels from last month’s estimate to 2.008 billion bushels. 
  • Farmland value varies in 2014
    When outlook for 2014 landed, farmland value appeared to have stopped increasing rapidly and was expected to either stay steady or drop, after increasing from 2006 to 2013. 
  • Companies partner to integrate data, hybrids
    There’s plenty of data available for farmers to evaluate, but that information has no end value unless it can be used to increase profitability. Two companies have partnered to develop a precision planting tool set for a 2015 launch that will integrate yield, soil, weather and other data into improved overall crop production. 
  • Prairie Central wins two national FFA contests
    Five judging teams from Prairie Central FFA traveled to the National FFA Convention to compete, and two came home as national winners. “When we came home, the fire trucks met us and escorted us into town,” said Kyle Miller, one of three FFA advisers at the school in Fairbury, Ill. “And we had a big reception at school.” 
  • Young farmer invests in farmland
    Working on his family farm started long before Tommy Justison began his FFA project. “I started with 81 acres my freshman year, and by my senior year I worked my way up to 476 acres,” the Hillsboro FFA member said. “I started my freshman year keeping records, but I’ve been working on my family’s farm since I was knee high to a grasshopper.” 
  • Regional grain transportation bottlenecks expected
    The slow-paced harvest has taken some of the pressure off storage and transportation logjams of moving record corn and soybean production, but concerns continue. 
 



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