Record soybean crop possible for Piatt County

“Good weather makes good farmers,” said Eric Miller when asked to peg why 2015 yields could match last year’s record crop production.

Sundrop Alpacas open to public Sept. 26

Sundrop Alpacas near Bement is taking part in its first National Alpaca Farm Days this Saturday, and those attending will get a treat: the possibility of seeing Bella, a 15 pound alpaca born on Sept. 15.

An enjoyable morning at the Farm Progress Show

I spent an enjoyable morning at the Farm Progress Show last week.

It was my first visit to the world’s largest annual ag exhibition since 1984, back when it still trekked from farm to farm in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa, setting up its famous tent city to brighten up a rural landscape for the week.

Variance approved by county zoning board

Piatt County’s zoning board of appeals approved a variance for a rural Cerro Gordo landowner that would allow him to separate two acres from an 80-acre parcel of land.

Aquifer protection signed into law

Legislation granting extra protection to the Mahomet Aquifer and other aquifers in the state was signed into law Friday (Aug. 15) by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Lieb family honored for aquifer protection

Several generations of the Robert “Bob” Lieb family were honored when Gov. Bruce Rauner showed up in Monticello Saturday to announce the signing of a bill to add state protections to Illinois’ underground aquifers.

Small farms tour set for August

Those wishing to take part in a tour of local small farms should meet at 8:30 a.m. the Northern Piatt Fire Protection District, 108 North Washington in Mansfield on Aug.

Davis defends biotechnology

Congressman Rodney Davis came to the defense of the agriculture biotechnology industry on a tour that took him through an Ivesdale-area seed genetics facility on July 1.

Mikala Grandfield is 2015 county fair queen

Mikala Grandfield of Cerro Gordo was crowned Miss Piatt County 2015 at the Piatt County Fair Queen Pageant held Tuesday night at the fairgrounds in Cerro Gordo.

Plenty of history on sesquicentennial farm

There’s a lot of history to be found at the Gilbert L. Quick homestead southeast of Bement. A bur oak tree there is one of the largest in the state, portions of Gilbert’s home date back to 1830, and an old barn on his property was built around a former one-room schoolhouse.

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