Local Agriculture News

This fall’s mostly mild weather has allowed farmers to plug along with harvest, leaving many ahead of the pace they may have foreseen a few weeks ago.

A late planting coupled with an inclination to get grain harvested before winter weather arrives may mean there will be a lot of wetter than desirable grain being harvested this fall, which wi…

As we experience our first annual nighttime frosts and freezes of the season, you will begin to notice more insects and spiders making their bold move into homes, seeking a nice warm spot to s…

Trying to track our weather patterns this year has been a bit of a roller coaster. Now that we are officially in the fall season, how can we expect trees to respond to these drastic changes in…

As farmers around the state are pulling their combines into fields for the first time this fall, they are finding out that they may not be done dealing with the adverse effects of a dry summer…


MOROCCO — No official vote took place but the consensus of three county boards was to move forward with pushing back the completion date for Select Milk Producers’ proposed cheese and whey man…

National Agriculture News

The second set of 2019 Market Facilitation Program payments is now scheduled to be released. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said the payments will begin the week before Thanksgiving. Producers of Market Facilitation Program-eligible commodities will now be eligible to receive 25 percent of the total payment expected, in addition to the 50 percent they have already received. Registration at USDA-Farm Service Agency offices will be open through Dec. 6.

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OPINION  Representatives of the National Pork Producers Council, the National Milk Producers Federation, the National Corn Growers Association and Iowa State University recently called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to move as quickly as possible to establish a foot-and-mouth-disease vaccine bank.

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The release of the National Oilseed Processors Association soybean-crush estimates this past Friday indicated crush levels increased substantially in October. Driven by a moderate export pace for soybeans and a decent crush margin, soybean crush appears back on track for the 2019-2020 marketing year.

MADISON, Wis. – Brad Pfaff accepted a new position with the Wisconsin government a week after being fired by the Wisconsin Senate. He was formerly the Agriculture Secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

ST. LOUIS — The Ag Coast of America is expanding to lead the world in addressing global food security concerns. Strategically located in the center of the world’s agriculture production, the bi-state St. Louis region is recognized as a world leader in agriculture technology research and grain barge handling capacity.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The Natural Resources Conservation Service is once again encouraging Illinois farmers to “keep the stubble” on their harvested crop fields and improve soil health during No-Till November.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — With crazy 2019 weather, planting conditions and harvest delays, talk about cover crops in Illinois might be at an all-time high.

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OPINION  Representatives of a national coalition representing almost 10,000 U.S. farmers and ranchers held a press conference earlier this fall in Washington, D.C., to announce the delivery of a letter to Congress urging support for the Green New Deal. They called on lawmakers to make agriculture policy reform a priority for addressing the climate crisis and the economic crisis facing independent family farms.

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Welcome to February? Nope, it’s November. Five inches of snow fell Sunday night into Monday, and now we have subzero overnight temperatures with single-digit daytime temperatures. As I sit here typing, we are sitting with temperature of 1 above with a real feel of -9 degrees. The good thing is the snow didn’t stick to the corn and at these cold temperatures any snow that is on it should flow through the combine, so we should be back at it later today.

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Another round of harvest delays with snow on Monday. Not entirely sure how many inches of snow we had as it was blowing and drifting. We finished cutting beans Thursday last week, and only have about 80 acres of corn left. Hopefully, we can get some decent weather at the end of this week so we can finish up.

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Forecasters believe we may see up to a foot of lake effect snow if this next weather system holds together. Area farmers continue to push harvesting to daily limits as they babysit grain dryers and maintain the status of grain bins as they are trying to dry down corn that seems to be hanging onto the moisture levels near the upper 20s. Some were seen shelling corn until noon, then switching to soybeans and then back to corn again. Needless to say, no one has been sitting still.

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We all need to remember our past to help us move forward better in life. But that doesn’t mean we have to dwell on our past. We are nearing the end of harvest for a year that will never be forgotten for most, if not all, of ag industry. This has been one of the most troubling years for so many people. But I do feel blessed to have a crop to harvest, and we have almost completed it safely and without too much trouble so far.