Stories about the weather in northern Illinois
Hotter weather in the first half of May has caused warmer, drier soils across Illinois, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Monitoring program manager at the Illinois State Water Survey.
Commodity and specialty crop producers in 12 Illinois counties impacted by drought events in 2020 or 2021 are eligible for emergency relief payments.
With the last five or so days of July-type weather most all the crops got planted in a hurry and much has emerged looking great. Here, though, our organic corn and soybean seed is still in the bag.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said drought during the growing season has made farmers in most of Texas, all of Louisiana and parts of Arkansas and Mississippi eligible to apply for federal aid.
A bill to help Maine farmers respond to extreme weather conditions through a new grant program has become law.
The Consumer Price Index, a gauge of inflation, hit a 40-year high last month, and most economists expected the same report this week to show an improvement. In fact, there was nary an economist or analyst that was not looking for some improvement and easing of inflation.
California’s water use jumped dramatically in March, state officials said, as one of the driest stretches on record prompted a wave of homeowners to start watering their lawns earlier than usual in defiance of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s pleas for conservation amid a severe drought.
A decline in world and U.S. wheat stocks and an unexpected early move away from the trend-line corn yield provide some bullish fodder when the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s supply and demand estimates were issued.
These are indeed turbulent times. The world is unsettled. We don’t seem clear of COVID. Issues abound in our local areas, our state and nation. And now to add to the chaos, it is an election year and campaigns are as ugly as ever and longer, too.
While the grass is green, it certainly hasn’t seemed like spring with the cool temperatures we’ve experienced. Some 90-degree highs are in the forecast, so maybe it will all average out over time. I hope a case of Draxxin isn’t necessary for the cattle to adapt to the new normal.
We have just completed an extra busy week that has us all wishing for a little rest. We had to haul about 100 head of heifers in from one of our Saline County pastures and give them their second pre-breeding vaccination.
Corn planting progress was well behind the five-year average through early May and an agronomist urges farmers to wait for ideal conditions.
An unusually early, record-shattering heat wave in India has reduced wheat yields, raising questions about how the country will balance its domestic needs with ambitions to increase exports and make up for shortfalls due to Russia’s war in Ukraine.
The welcome mat that his fellow faculty rolled out for him is the same one that Riley Hintzsche has ready for his students in the Streator High School ag program.
April was colder than normal in Illinois, with freezing temperatures occurring into mid-month and as far south as St. Louis Metro East, according to Illinois State Climatologist Trent Ford at the University of Illinois’ Illinois State Water Survey.