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PENFIELD, Ill. — A log cabin and one-room schoolhouse have been welcomed additions over the past several years to the I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club showgrounds.

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DEER GROVE, Ill. — The roads north, south, east and west of The Happy Spot in Deer Grove are bordered by farm fields that are mostly wet or have large areas of standing water.

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DEER GROVE, Ill. — This year will be a “reset” year for U.S. Corn Belt farmers, said Jerry Gulke, president of the Gulke Group and an agriculture economist.

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EFFINGHAM, Ill. — As the state with the most dicamba complaints in 2018, Illinois Department of Agriculture Director John Sullivan has made “a very tough decision” to extend the herbicide’s application deadline for soybeans until July 15.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Jordan Stowe is gathering a lifetime of dreams during her year as the National FFA southern region vice president.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — FFA members can’t dream big enough. “That’s my message,” said John Sullivan, director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, during the Stars over Illinois presentation at the 91st Illinois FFA State Convention.

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Corn planted was at 92%. Corn emerged was at 84%. Corn condition was 5% very poor, 12% poor, 36% fair, 41% good, and 6% excellent. Soybeans planted was at 79%, compared to 100% last year and the five-year average of 97%. Soybeans emerged was at 67%. Soybean condition was 4% very poor, 14% poor, 40% fair, 36% good, and 6% excellent.

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With the corn planting window closing in some areas, farmers focused on soybean planting as weather allowed last week. Winter wheat conditions declined slightly due to the continually cool and wet conditions, and harvest progressed slowly. Hay cutting continued to fall behind due to excessive rainfall which caused concerns of potential hay shortages.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — During the 90th Indiana FFA State Convention, the lives of seven FFA members were forever changed when they were elected by the Indiana FFA delegate body to serve on the 2019-2020 Indiana FFA state officer team.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — One of the highlights of the 90th Indiana FFA State Convention was the naming and awarding of the 2019 State Stars of Indiana.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The 90th Indiana FFA State Convention, which was held at Purdue University, was filled with laughs, competition and a never-ending sea of blue corduroy jackets.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Thirteen Indiana FFA members and agricultural youth were honored in a big way during the 90th Indiana FFA State Convention for their pledge to teach agricultural education.

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PENFIELD, Ill. — A large variety of farm-related items, ranging from hand tools to implements, fill two floors of a building that once was a place for learning for students from the Penfield area.

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PENFIELD, Ill. — Logs will be sawed daily during the Historic Farm Days show in Penfield.

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PENFIELD, Ill. — Blacksmiths will demonstrate their talents at the blacksmith shop during the four days of the Historic Farm Days in Penfield.

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BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – “Cooking for 1 or 2” will explore ways to keep things interesting in the kitchen by planning ahead and reducing recipes. The Tasty Tuesdays program will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 9 at the Kankakee County Extension office.

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CORYDON, Ind. – The 4-H Cat Show will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. EDT July 11 in the 4-H Project Building at the Harrison County Fairgrounds, 341 S. Capitol Ave., Corydon. This event is for youth in grades 3-12 who are enrolled in 4-H.

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Beef Cattle Association and the Indiana Forage Council have partnered to put on the Beef-Forage Management Tour, which will be held July 6.

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EFFINGHAM, Ill. — As current president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Jennifer Houston also brought along her experience as a family cattle business operator to the Illinois Beef Association summer conference.

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FERDINAND, Ind. — The Lindauer family is hosting an Open House on June 29 in celebration of Dairy Month.

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CORA, Ill. — Just as their customers are fighting high waters, the work team at Gavilon’s new grain elevator and barge terminal in Jackson County have found themselves in the flood fight, as well.

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INDIANAPOLIS — The lieutenant governor’s office currently is accepting nominations for the AgriVision Award, the highest agricultural honor that is given out by the state.

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ATKINSON, Ill. — If it was a “normal” year, Rock Katschnig and his son-in-law and farming partner, Rob DeFauw, would be worried about the wind.

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SHERMAN, Ill. – Before U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the first bits of the second round of the Market Facilitation Program payments, Tom Foran, vice president of crop insurance at Farm Credit Illinois in Sherman, sent out a notice to his crop insurance customers for a meeting to discuss their options.

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MINNEAPOLIS — The U.S. Department of Agriculture was more aggressive than the trade anticipated with its projected 10-bushel per acre average corn yield drop in the supply and demand estimates report.

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WASHINGTON — Noting unprecedented delayed planting progress in May through early June, the U.S. Department of Agriculture pulled down the nation’s average corn yield estimate by 10 bushels while soybeans were unchanged on the supply and demand balance sheet.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s crop production report was overshadowed by some big changes in the agency’s new supply and demand estimates, but did provide an update on wheat.

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Corn planted was at 88%, compared to 100% for both last year and five-year average. Corn emerged was at 74%. Corn condition was 4% very poor, 11% poor, 34% fair, 45% good, and 6% excellent. Soybeans planted was at 70%, compared to 99% last year and the 5-year average of 95%. Soybeans emerged was at 50%.

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Farmers were able to make planting progress during a dry window midweek, according to Greg Matli, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Indiana Field Office. However, heavy rain events at the beginning and end of the week kept soil moisture levels high, with reports of ponding in some fields.

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INDIANAPOLIS – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the Kansas City region as the new home for the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

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URBANA, Ill. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture reduced corn planted acres by 3 million in its recent supply and demand estimates, but there’s potential that will go higher when the agency’s acreage report is released June 28.

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NORMAL, Ill. – The program “Yes! You Can: Preserving Practice – Tomatoes and Tomato Products” will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 22 at Heartland Community College, 1500 W. Raab Road, Normal. You’ll learn how to add acid to tomatoes and tomato products, how to safely can salsa, and basic home canning techniques.

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HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana Prairie Farmer Master Farmer Banquet will be at 6 p.m. EDT June 27 at Huntington University, Habecker Dining Commons, 2303 College Ave., Huntington. The event is being held in conjunction with the Purdue Farm Management Tour.

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ST. LOUIS — This year’s edition of InfoAg is as relevant and farmer-focused as ever before. Organizers behind the July 23-25 conference at Union Station in St. Louis say a range of information will be available to help producers maximize opportunities in the field as well as plan for the future.

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GOREVILLE, Ill. — Kathy Davis of Goreville showed up at Southern Illinois Equine Sale’s June goat sale to pick up an addition to her small herd.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — When FFA members surge on the Purdue University campus June 17-20 for the 90th Indiana FFA State Convention, besides competing in leadership development events and making lasting friendships with other members, they also will be tasked with voting on proposed amendment…

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