MURPHYSBORO, Ill. — What most people who visit the Gen. John A. Logan Museum in Murphysboro know about the Murphysboro native is his role in Memorial Day. General Order No. 11 is read at most Memorial Day ceremonies across the United States on the last Monday in May.
SAVANNA, Ill. — For Alan St. George, creating the sculptures that adorn the ceilings, walls, corners and alcoves of Havencrest Castle came naturally.
SAVANNA, Ill. — It’s difficult to know where to start in describing Havencrest Castle. The logical place is the entryway of the mansion that perches atop a hill in Savanna. That’s where the tours start on weekends in October and May.
WEST LAFAETTE, Ind. — To help celebrate its sesquicentennial celebration, Purdue University partnered with three Hoosier wineries to make specially labeled wine bottles.
HILLSBORO, Ill. – The Oak Pests and Diseases Workshop will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Montgomery County Extension office, #1 Industrial Park Drive, Hillsboro. University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Andrew Holsinger will discuss common oak species, current pests, and diseases.
BEDFORD, Ind. – The 4-H Junior Leaders Safe Night Trick or Treat will be from 6 to 8 p.m. EDT Oct. 29 at the Lawrence County 4-H Fairgrounds. 11261 E. US Hwy 50, Bedford. The event is sponsored by the Lawrence County Fair Board.
MADISON, Wis. — Thousands of visitors from the United States and nearly 100 countries from around the world traveled to the World Dairy Expo during the first week of October.
MACOMB, Ill. — Win Phippen knows he has to get it right the very first time. “In working with new crops, you get one shot with producers,” said Phippen, professor of plant breeding and genetics at the Western Illinois Agriculture School of Agriculture.
INDIANAPOLIS — The Natural Resources Conservation Service has made $50 million available to private landowners to help establish public access to land for hunting, fishing and other wildlife-dependent recreation.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Even though the 2019 crop season started out rough with excessive spring rainfall and flooding, Hoosier farmers now are facing another crop problem – drought conditions.
Another hot and dry week pushed crops towards maturity as harvest picked up, according to Greg Matli, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Indiana Field Office. The unusually dry week with only spotty rainfall was ideal for fieldwork but kept soil moisture levels well below both the previous year and the five-year average. The average temperature for the week was 69 degrees, 10.2 degrees above normal for the state. The amount of rainfall varied from none to 0.87 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 0.34 inches. There were six days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Oct. 6.
There were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending Oct. 6. Statewide, the average temperature was 66.8 degrees, 7.4 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 0.88 inches, 0.13 inches below normal.Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 8% very short, 15% short, 57% adequate, and 20% surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated at 9% very short, 15% short, 63% adequate, and 13% surplus.
MADISON, Wis. —Increasing trade with other countries is important to U.S. farmers. “Trade is the No. 1 issue I hear in the country,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. “Labor is the No. 2 issue, and regulation is No. 3.”
MINNEAPOLIS — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s quarterly stocks report provided a rare bullish surprise for the corn and soybean markets.
WASHINGTON — U.S. winter wheat production for 2019 reached 1.3 billion bushels on an average yield of 53.6 bushels per acre, according to the small grains annual summary released Sept. 30.
METROPOLIS, Ill. – Pumpkin Extravaganza will be from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Community Teaching Kitchen, Metropolis Early Learning Center, 416 E Ninth St., Metropolis, Ill. The free event will include tips on growing pumpkins, pumpkin recipe demonstrations, and pumpkin crafts and activities.
INDIANAPOLIS — The torrential rainfalls and flooding from earlier this year still are having effects on the agriculture industry as several cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis have been detected in the state.
DES MOINES, Iowa — The country has plenty of pork. Now what the U.S. pork industry needs are people to eat it, both at home and abroad.
DUBUQUE, Iowa — Five Rivers Cattle Feeding is a farm of many families. The company has 11 feedyards in six states, including Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Idaho and Arizona.
FRANKLIN, Ind. — Although it wasn’t a typical classroom setting, Jenna Kelsay, a sophomore at Whiteland Community High School, went outside of the chalkboard walls to teach dozens of fourth-grade students in Johnson County about dairy cattle and the agriculture industry in general.
FRANKLIN, Ind. — In an effort to reach the youth in their community and teach them about the agriculture industry, farmers and ag representatives in Johnson County have worked together for several years to hold Fourth Grade Agriculture Days.
DECATUR, Ill. — As the growing season that most want to forget nears the end, farmers will turn their focus toward seed selection for 2020.
There were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending Sept. 29. Statewide, the average temperature was 68.3 degrees, 6.9 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 2.23 inches, 1.48 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 8% very short, 14% short, 55% adequate, and 23% surplus.
Harvest of some early-planted corn and soybean fields got underway last week where weather allowed. Seed corn and silage harvest continued to progress, as did tomato harvest. Hay growth had slowed with the dry weather, but some harvest progress was made. Cover crops were being planted on harvested and prevent plant ground.
NEW YORK — The United States and Japan reached an agreement that will provide American farmers and ranchers with enhanced market access to Japan.
TOWANDA, Ill. — Trade troubles and production uncertainty makes for tough marketing strategies. “Where we’re sitting at right now, it’s really coming down to supply, or any kind of trade deal. I’ve been getting commodity markets wrong for over 20 years and I have never had a year where the uncertainty is just stacked at all levels, at the macro level, the supply level, the demand level,” Todd Hubbs, University of Illinois agricultural economist, said with a chuckle at the recent First Mid Ag Services field day.
INDIANAPOLIS — Taiwanese leaders agreed to purchase millions of metric tons of U.S.-grown corn and soybeans. Leaders from Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council participated in a signing ceremony at the Senate chambers of the Indiana Statehouse.
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – There is no need to be in the dark about growing mushrooms. The program “Grow Your Own Mushrooms” will be from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 15 at the Kankakee County Extension office, 1650 Commerce Drive, Bourbonnais. Cost is $10. Register by Oct. 10 by calling 815-933-8337.
It was raining on the day a pilot from San Antonio came up to Nebraska to give rides in his old airplane.
BOZEMAN – A pair of new winter wheat varieties soon to be released by Montana State University breeders are designed to help address two issues that plague wheat farmers across the state, sawflies and stripe rust fungus, while improving crop yields.
The narrow window for farmers to get their crops out of the fields is open in Illinois and state officials are reminding operators to slow down or risk injuries.
CLEMSON — More than half of South Carolina is in a moderate to severe drought and another 26 percent is abnormally dry, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, and Clemson University researchers and Cooperative Extension Service agents say it is affecting crop yields.
Muir Elementary School students got to hand milk a cow and also see the robotic technology used for milking the cows.
Editor’s Note: Final in a series of articles about the impact Hurricane Michael had — and continues to have — on southwest Georgia after its path of destruction a year ago.
Despite weather setbacks, sugar beet harvest is forging ahead and boasting solid numbers this year, with 90,000 tons on the ground as of Wednesday, Oct. 9.
RICHARDS, Mo. — For Everett Forkner, whether it was in his days as a young pork producer in the 1960s, or today as someone with over a half century of experience in the swine industry, his focus has been the same — always striving to get better at what he does.
BRUSSELS, Wis. – Dan Vandertie says he likes building cow families. That has included “excellent” members of his herd’s families, such as Doorco Buckeye Hailey. Now 12 years old, “Hailey” was classified in 2019 as Excellent-94-4E by Holstein Association USA. She’s a daughter of Doorco Machoman Heather, which was classified by the Holstein association in 2004 as Excellent-91-2E. She also was a Gold Medal Dam. “Heather” is a daughter of Doorco Rubens August, which was classified in 2000 as an Excellent-92-4E. She was a Gold Medal Dam and Dam of Merit.
Herbicides other than glyphosate, such as dicamba, are increasingly being used to control tolerant weeds, according to a new report from the USDA Economic Research Service.
A Madison man was arrested after he and three other men allegedly got a car stuck while trying to steal industrial hemp from a Columbia County farm.
Idaho potato farmers are rushing to finish harvest as an “extremely rare” freeze hits Idaho this week. But this year’s crop might be too late to save.
Editor’s note: This is the first article in a series featuring three finalists who have been selected for the 2019 Wisconsin Leopold Conservation Award. The award is presented to farmers who uphold standards of conservation and sustainable farming, honoring the work of Aldo Leopold, renowned conservationist. The award will be presented to the winner at the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting Dec. 8 in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The three finalists are Bill Ciolkosz of Thorp, Jeff Lake of Boyceville, and John and Dorothy Priske of Fall River. The first article features Ciolkosz.
SPOKANE — A surprise snowstorm that hit parts of Eastern Washington on Wednesday may be just the beginning of a worrisome stretch for what was shaping up to be the second-largest apple harvest in Washington history. The cold weather also could cause issues for homeowners and gardeners.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representatives of the National Pork Producers Council, the National Milk Producers Federation, the National Corn Growers Association and Iowa State University called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Oct. 1 to move as quickly as possible to establish a foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccine bank.