Agriculture

Alpaca Farm Days set for this weekend

Sundrop Alpacas near Bement will take part in National Alpaca Farm Days on Sept. 24-25. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., guests can view spinning demonstrations, touch national champion winning fleeces, and pet an alpaca.

Visitors will also be able to view the newest alpaca in the 14-alpaca herd, a baby – cria – named Catalpa.


Community Garden organizers reflect on first year

Those currently the Apple A Day Cafe at Kirby Medical Center in Monticello are likely eating food grown just a few hundred yards away.


Near record crop yields expected

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.


Streambank Field Day July 27

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.


Lavender event this weekend at Twin Silos Farm

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.


Farmer's Market back in Monticello each Thursday

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).


SWCD gets help from county while awaiting state funds

The Piatt County Soil and Water Conservation District is finding itself in a financially difficult situation to the state budget impasse.


Bragging rights for Piatt County farmers

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.


LaPlace residents concerned about zoning request

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.


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.


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