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It looks like 2016 will complete a stellar 3-year run for local corn and soybean crops. The annual Topflight Grain Cooperative crop tour last week predicts the area corn crop will average around 223 bushels per acre, up from the 220.1 bpa last year but behind the record 235.2 bpa yields of 2014.
The Piatt County Farm Bureau and Piatt County Soil and Water Conservation District will host a “Streambank Restoration Field Day” from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. July 27. Participants should meet at the Farm Bureau parking lot by 9:15 a.m.
Twin Silos Farm near Monticello will offer its first Lavender U-Pick Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25-26 at the farm, located at 1090 Bucks Pond Road.
The Monticello Main Street Farmer's Market returns on Thursday, June 16, and will continue to operate each Thursday through Oct. 6 from 3 to 6 p.m. in front of the Monticello Community Building (library).
The Piatt County Soil and Water Conservation District is finding itself in a financially difficult situation to the state budget impasse.
Piatt County farmers found themselves in their own little Goldilocks zone last year: Not too hot, not too cold, not too wet, and not too dry – it was just right.
Nearly two hours of testimony by LaPlace residents convinced the Piatt County Zoning Board of Appeals on Jan. 21 to not recommend a zoning change for Topflight Grain Cooperative in the non-incorporated community.
“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 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.
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.