Agriculture

Record corn yields projected for Illinois

Last fall’s per acre corn yields in Illinois rose slightly from 2016, while the soybean harvest was nearly even with the year before.


Cornell University team wins Nitrogen Reduction Challenge

Tulane University awarded the $1 million grand prize for the Tulane Nitrogen Reduction Challenge to Adapt-N, a team from Cornell University that developed a cloud-based computer modeling system to predict optimum nitrogen application rates for crops using data on weather, field conditions and soil management practices.


Johnny Appleseed tree planted at museum

The first tree planted at the future site of the Piatt County Museum is a significant one, and it fits nicely with the historical nature of the organization.

On Saturday, museum members planted an apple tree that traces its roots to none other than John Chapman – more commonly known as Johnny Appleseed.


Jumbo sunflower highlights local garden

Monticello master gardener Colleen Vaughan was not terribly surprised to see a 10-foot high sunflower grow from an old package of seeds she was given this past spring.


Ag Committee holds session at Farm Progress Show

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas), Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), and other members of the House Agriculture Committee and the Illinois Congressional Delegation heard from local farmers and agriculture leaders at the committee’s fifth Farm Bill Listening Session yesterday.


Corn yields expected to drop this fall

Topflight Grain officials are estimating the average area corn yield at 190 bushels per acre this year, but expect a wide variety of figures to appear once farmers begin to harvest. The variance will be due to the wide range of rain totals that occurred this growing season.


Davis to lead Congressional committee meeting at Farm Progress Show

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) has announced that he will host House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas), Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), and other committee members at this year’s Farm Progress Show in Decatur on Aug. 30.


Monticello farmer's market returns

The Monticello Farmer’s Market has returned to the corner of Livingston and State streets. The Sager’s Peaches stand was able to begin attending on June 22.

The Farmer’s Market is held from 3 to 6 p.m. each Thursday.


Monticello FFA member a Section officer

Nick Wolter, a Monticello FFA member, was elected to serve as the 2017-18 Section 17 FFA Reporter on Thursday, April 19. Wolter’s term will begin upon the conclusion of the Illinois FFA State Convention in June. He, and the rest of the Section Officer Team, will dedicate a year of service to 14 area schools.


Forest to Mansion dinner features local food, local organizers

It’s a lot of work, but organizing the Forest to Mansion Dinner at Allerton Park has its perks, according to local chef Ann Swanson.

Like last year when she kept sassafras root in her car.


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