Monday, September 24, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The majority assume that living outside of heavily urban or suburban areas decreases the likelihood of their encountering a situation in which they would have to defend themselves or their loved ones from a lethal threat.Oh, how that is so far from being true! In our very own McLean County, there are 3 deputies covering the entire county (the LARGEST geographic county in the state) at any given time. Protect yourself and your family.
Read more from PDN...
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
With rains from Issac washing away the stories of drought from this summer (while not really ending the drought, mind you) the new top Ag story is of gloom and doom for 2013. Seed companies are sounding the alarm of reduced supplies. I heard a story this weekend that Pioneer is working with South American farmers to produce seed corn this winter to make up for the lost supply by the drought-hit fields of Indiana.
WJBC reports that not all seed companies are worried. Wyffels is reporting a better year this year than last. That just goes to show you, you can plan all you want to - it isn't man that is in control of the weather or farming.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
While the U.S. drought has punished corn and soybean crops, grape growers say they have a bit to cheer. Vintners throughout the nation's midsection say their vineyards generally have proven resilient to the months of battering heat and dryness. They say that's because the drought has left the surviving grapes with concentrated flavors and sugar, stoking the promise of standout wine.Read more from WHOW...
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The thing is, there is A LOT going on in agriculture this year. The drought, farm bill, livestock sell-off, economy, and election are all big items for discussions. Looking at the official program that the folks at @FPShow sent me, manufacturers and dealers are counting on a big turnout. The programs are as varied as always, and the forecast looks great, as noted by fellow blogger Chuck Zimmerman. Yes, I think it is a great year to head to Iowa!
Not to jinx anything but the early forecast for
@fpshow is looking pretty good. #FPS12 Speaking of looking: farmprogress.com/farm-progress-…
— AgWired (@AgriBlogger) August 21, 2012
Overall, the August corn projection foresees a 10.1 percent reduction in utilization on a 12.8 percent reduction in production. In addition, the projection of year-ending stocks was reduced to 650 million bushels, the lowest level since the 1995 crop year.From Policy Pennings...
Monday, August 20, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Last year, Iowa State University's Aaron Gassmann confirmed populations of western corn rootworms that are resistant to the Cry3Bb1 protein. At today's University of Illinois' Agronomy Day, U of I agronomist Mike Gray announced that he'd confirmed the exact same thing in Illinois.Read more from farmprogress.com
Read more from agweb.com
Audio from WHOW...
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
"If all of that (demand rationing) is only on livestock or food consumers, it really makes the burden disproportionate. What we see are 3 or 4 percent declines in supply lead to 40 to 50 percent increases in prices, and I think the mandates are what drives that price elasticity which I think needs to be addressed,"
Monday, July 30, 2012
Last fall, House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders tried to insert a “secret farm bill” in the super committee’s un-amendable deficit reduction package. They failed.
Now some of those same leaders are trying to evade a floor vote by the full House by extending the current law for a year, as a pretense to negotiate a five-year farm bill with the Senate, which has already passed its version of the $1 trillion bill.
And this time, some of those who backed the “secret farm bill” gambit aren’t keeping their intentions so secret. They would like to avoid House debate on a bill that cost even more than the Troubled Asset Relief Program, known as TARP.Read more from EWG Ag...
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Scherrie V. Giamanco announced that in response to drought conditions, FSA has authorized emergency haying and/or grazing use of certain Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for 54 counties.
The following counties are approved for emergency CRP haying and grazing: Adams;Alexander, Bond; Brown; Calhoun; Cass; Christian; Cumberland; DeWitt; Edgar; Edwards;Fayette; Franklin; Gallatin; Greene; Hamilton; Hardin, Jackson, Jasper; Jefferson; Jersey;JoDaviess; Johnson, Livingston; Logan; Macon; Macoupin; Madison; Marion; Mason; Massac,McLean; Menard; Montgomery; Morgan; Piatt; Pike; Pope, Pulaski, Randolph; Richland;Saline, Sangamon; Schuyler; Scott; Shelby; Stephenson; Tazewell; Union, Wayne; White;Williamson ;Winnebago and Woodford.
The haying authorization will become effective August 2, 2012, which is after the wildlife nesting and brood rearing season in Illinois and shall not exceed August 31, 2012. The authorization to graze also will begin on August 2, 2012 not to exceed September 30, 2012.
"Eligible producers who are interested in emergency haying and/or grazing of CRP must request approval at their County FSA office before haying and/or grazing eligible acreage," said Giamanco. "It is also important for producers to obtain a modified conservation plan from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) that includes haying and/or grazing requirements," she said.
Upon approval of emergency haying, producers must leave at least 50 percent of each field or contiguous fields unhayed for wildlife. The same CRP acreage cannot be both hayed and grazed.
In addition, participants are limited to one hay cutting and are not permitted to sell any of the hay.There will be a 10 percent CRP payment reduction based on the number of acres actually hayed or grazed. Eligible producers who are interested in grazing must leave at least 25 percent of each field or contiguous CRP field ungrazed for wildlife, or graze not more than 75 percent of the stocking rate as determined by NRCS.
Producers who do not own or lease livestock, may rent or lease the haying or grazing privilege to an eligible livestock producer.
For more information on eligibility requirements and to request approval for emergency haying and/or grazing of CRP acres, contact your local County FSA office.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Jared White from DewittDailyNews has an audio interview preview of this year's show.
Here's a slideshow of last year's show
"Crop insurance could make large payments in 2012 as low yields become increasingly likely as a result of hot, dry growing conditions. Roughly 60% of the corn acres and 50% of soybean acres in Illinois are insured at high coverage levels with revenue products containing guarantee increase provisions. These acres likely will receive large payments if drought conditions continue."Read more from Farm Industry News...
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Imagine walking into a corn field and sticking a spade into a 1 inch crack, only to find its deep enough to swallow the entire thing. That’s what happened to Chad Colby, of Cross Implement Inc. in Illinois, this week. He was walking a field with one of his growers discussing the same topic that is on the mind of most of the Midwest: Will the rain come in time?Read more from AgWeb...
Farmers throughout the country are living on a finite timeline. Counting the number of days they can survive without a rain. Brian Scott, a farmer near Monticello, Ind., says the weather has got to turn around soon. In fact he says that if it doesn’t rain by July 4, things are going to get really ugly really fast. "I don’t think it will be dead, but it’s going to be hurt awful bad," he says.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012
From Reuters: http://in.mobile.reuters.com/article/idINL3E8HI1TZ20120618?irpc=932
Friday, June 15, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Producers are encouraged to use Hay Net on the FSA website (http://www.fsa.usda.gov/haynet). This online service allows producers with hay and those who need hay to post ads so they can make connections. Hay Net is a popular site for farmers and ranchers who have an emergency need, such as the one caused by wintery or flooded conditions. Individual ads can be posted free of charge by producers who complete a simple online registration form the first time they use the site.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
Friday, May 18, 2012
- Franklin Farm located near Lexington, IL
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
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Sunday, April 15, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
A little bit of frost damage last night after all. Very random plants showing signs of damage. Cold again tonight. twitter.com/WentworthFarms…— Wentworth Farms (@WentworthFarms) April 11, 2012