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Tuesday, I opened up the last Behlen round crib of ear corn. The first 300 bushels always come out without much effort. The heat and humidity increased significantly as I continued to load out more wagon loads of ear corn. Dad reminded me couple hours later that his uncle, Robert, died shove…

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Well, these seem to all be starting off the same way lately — rain, mud, little sunshine and back to rain. We got started last week on prepping equipment for wheat harvest. We are probably still 10 days out from cutting, but still need to be ready to go. Seems like no matter how much cleanin…

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WASHINGTON — The National Farmers Union and Farm Aid have partnered to award $500 grants to help cover household expenses for family farmers in Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Wisconsin who have had their operations disrupted by spring floods.

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I’m happy to report that we have our first-crop hay baled and in the shed. I’ve seen a few fields left to make in the region, but for the most part, first crop is finally finished. We have had more rains this past week, a couple small showers, neither amounting to much, but Saturday night, w…

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I can’t believe I’m saying this after the spring we had, but we were dry the last couple of weeks and really needed some rain. The 1 inch of rain we received was very welcomed. We finally got most of the wet holes to dry out enough that we could get the rest of the beans planted at the begin…

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Greetings from southern Illinois once again. I think, like much of the state, the past week to two weeks has been busy trying to get crops planted. Corn planted in April around here still is highly uneven, while mid-May planted stuff looks rather well, at least what’s there does. Early June …

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I should probably clear up the confusion from last week’s report: I didn’t tear out my own fence. It was my neighbor with his anhydrous tool-bar. I’m sure you all have that one neighbor that cannot gauge the width of their equipment, or they have no respect for a neighbor’s property. This ye…

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Rain, rain please slow down. We don’t really want the rain to stop, just maybe slow down on frequency and volume. Its been a busy week. We got started sidedressing the corn that still needs nitrogen. We finished spraying all the corn. Now to get all the beans sprayed. It has been busy, but n…

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Many in Posey County were able to finish planting this week due to a dry week. Our planting season started April 9 and ended June 14. Mark doesn’t remember a longer planting season. All the corn is sprayed, and we are caught up with sidedressing. Wheat harvest has begun in earnest with many …

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DEKALB, Ill. — The Illinois Sustainable Agriculture Partnership will host a statewide risk management conference, “Solving the Resiliency Puzzle,” Thursday, June 27, at DeKalb Farm Bureau.

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Sun and breeze — it sure does feel good to type those words. A majority of the hay in the area was cut to be made in the past five days, including our own. I’m hoping ours is dry enough to bale later today since there is a 25% chance of rain tonight and 65% chance tomorrow. There were a few …

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There was a lot of planting progress this week. We were lucky and missed a couple of the rains and only received 0.2” of rain, which allowed us to finish planting beans Saturday night. It’s a good feeling being able to get the rest of our crop in the ground. We do have a few wet holes that w…

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As I finished up planting corn on Monday, I noticed the vegetation at the far end of the farm was cooked in the fencerow between me and my neighbor. So, upon further investigating, I noticed in my free time I can build and replace seven rod of fence and install new posts that will hold up ag…

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The final straw for Plant ‘19 broke on Sunday. We are officially done planting. We got all our beans planted without much issue. The corn we had been waiting on some bottom ground to dry out. It kind of did, so we got what we had inputs on hand for planted, hoping Monday we would finish the …

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Mark is back on U.S. soil and glad to be home. He feels it was a very successful trip and a great experience. Farming update for Seib farms is we got one day of planting in this week. Intermittent nightly rains with a prediction of up to 4 inches this past week have basically kept us stalled…

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Eve Cusack may be on summer break from her teaching position at Bloomington Montessori School, but she’s busier than ever — capturing, collecting information and sharing data about migratory birds that fly through a 90-acre farm east of Bloomington on Kent Road.

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I’m thankful for a small window of good weather this week to get a few more fields planted. In order to get more corn in the ground as soon as possible we decided to swap planting between intended corn on some low, flooded river bottoms ground and soybeans on high, lighter soils. This allowe…

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It has been quite the week for us. Last week on Tuesday night, we had very bad storms roll through with 60 to 70 mph winds and hail. On every acre of corn, we have had some level of damage, and the 50 acres of beans we had planted were extremely damaged. The corn seems to be recovering, but …

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While I hate the reasons that drive us to do it, I do love how small farmers, like our farmer friends and us, pull together when the growing season is tough. Is this something seen, year after year, in other industries?

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Memorial Day will go down in the books for the severe tornado outbreak across Indiana and Ohio, along with other states to the west. An EF-3 tornado flattened homes, farms, grain bins and power lines from Macy to Akron and left areas near Warren, Indiana with 5-plus inches of rainfall. Other…

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When I was in school, we would read about all these things that had happened in history. What I always wondered was what it was like to have been living in those times and live through it. Well, we are living through some very big events that will be talked about in the history books, hopefu…

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I wish I had great news to report from the southwest corner of Indiana, but it continues to be a wet mess. We had high hopes for fieldwork several times this week, but Wednesday we got socked with almost 5 inches of rain, depending on where you were. Griffin got just under 5 inches, Princeto…

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Farmers in Indiana and Michigan are preparing to start growing hemp as a legal agricultural commodity following the declassification of industrial hemp as a narcotic with the passage of the federal farm bill in 2018.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Between the country’s trade dispute with China and the seemingly endless storms that have drenched the central United States, Iowa farmer Robb Ewoldt has had plenty of time to think about whether it’s too late to plant this season, how much federal aid he might get if…

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Another rainy week — I feel like a broken record. We did get more corn planted. I was even kicking up some dust on Tuesday, but once again the rains came and the low-lying ground where I was making dust is now under water. The sun and wind made for good drying weather Saturday, and I saw one…

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Another wet week at my house. We received 4.6 inches at my house and over 5 inches on some of our fields. Our corn is looking good, considering it took three weeks to come out of the ground and stayed yellow for a couple weeks. What beans we have planted are starting to come up. We do have s…

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The Indiana Corn Marketing Council reported earlier this week that 14% of Indiana’s corn crop was planted. My question was: Where? Jesse Uelbelhor of Ferdinand told me they have been rolling this past week and making excellent headway on planting progress in southern Indiana. Rain totals for…

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Decisions, decisions, decisions — lots of them to be made lately: Do we plant? Do we not? Is it gonna rain? Can we spray that field? Seems like we do nothing, but second guess what are supposed to be doing. We have had a very busy week of lots of miscellaneous stuff going on. Not any fieldwo…

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It has been a week of no fieldwork for us, but we just saw some no-till planting going on in VanderburghCounty. Depending on where you were standing, you got between a half-inch and an inch of rain on Tuesday and Wednesday. It was very spotty, but just added insult to injury. We need sun. It…

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LONG POINT, Ill. — The Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation District, with support from American Farmland Trust, is hosting a Women Landowner Soil Health Learning Circle on June 6.

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Joe Rothermel was busy out in his tractor in early May spraying his fields in preparation for planting. And recently he began planting soybeans when a lot of his Champaign County neighbors were in a holding pattern, waiting for fields to dry.

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — State Conservationist Ivan Dozier announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will offer special funding for precision conservation management through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will offer funding in Macoupin County for the Upper Macoupin Creek Watershed using the Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose home state of Kentucky was long one of the nation’s leading tobacco producers, introduced bipartisan legislation May 20 to raise the minimum age for buying any tobacco products from 18 to 21.

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We have corn in the ground. It’s a good feeling to report we are approximately 35% planted when I parked the planter tonight. We started the week spraying to get ahead of weed pressure and to burn down cover crops before planting. Started planting Wednesday evening around 6 p.m., and by the …

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It’s been another wet week here. We received 1.8” of rain in the last week. We did get a chance to get about 60 acres of beans planted last Thursday afternoon. Unfortunately, we were rained out that night and haven’t been able to get back into the fields. Mother Nature turned warm last week,…

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This past weekend was what I like to call “go time.” Honestly, we’ve been working and going all spring and even in the winter. But the ground has dried up, for the most part, and the plants need to get into the field. The weeds are starting to emerge, and the final projects need to be wrappe…

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I believe I’ve pulled every tillage tool out of my toolbox. We are looking more at no-till and planting in whatever seedbed we have available. Tillage of any kind is almost impossible. Area farmers had about three days suitable to plant corn and soybeans in marginal seedbeds. I talked with a…

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Some weeks you have everything all planned out. You know most everything you need to get done and where you need to be. Then monkey wrenches go flying. This week has been one of those weeks. As quick as we thought we had a plan, we wrote a new one. But sometimes when opportunities knock, you…

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Wow! What a difference four sunny days can make. Great news at Seib Farms. We are 70% done planting beans and 50% done planting corn. We had a beautiful Tuesday, followed by a damp Wednesday and then three consecutive hot, windy, dry days. We got almost an inch of very gentle rain on Sunday.

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WESTFIELD, Ind. — AgReliant Genetics, the third largest seed corn company in North America, announced its recent research and testing expansion into the northwestern U.S. Corn Belt states of Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. J.B. Pritzker appointed state Rep. Jerry Costello II, D-Smithton, to serve as the director of law enforcement at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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Put more miles on my car this past weekend and got a look at fields between home at Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Nothing was moving in the fields on the way north Saturday, but I did see a few out working ground, one sprayer and one planter moving in the fields, on Sunday. Fields looked similar every…

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It’s been a wet spring in west-central Illinois. We were lucky and the last of our corn was planted April 27. Then I questioned if we should have waited until after all this rain and cold weather passed to plant corn. Luckily, the ground stayed wet and all our corn has come up, or is about t…

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