Agriculture

Agronomist says rising crop yields, trade war with China loom over, depress prices

DEWEY — Farmers at the annual Dewey Bank farmers breakfast were a little depressed after hearing a forecast for continued low corn and soybean prices this year.

Todd Hubbs, an agronomist at the University of Illinois, predicted average soybean prices per bushel will be $8.30 in the 2019-20 marketing year, down from $8.50 this year.


'It's like they're little kids again': County Farm Bureau educating Illinois legislators

RANTOUL — There may be no better way to get a state legislator excited about agriculture than to put him or her in a farm equipment cab.


RTHS FFA chapter receives $2,500 Monsanto gift

RANTOUL — Area farmer Maury Busboom has directed $2,500 to Rantoul Township High School’s FFA chapter.

The money is through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer.


Rantoul Foods buys FFA jackets for first-time members at RTHS

RANTOUL — Rantoul Foods has purchased FFA jackets for 17 first-year students at Rantoul Township High School.

The students — known as greenhands — were presented the jackets at a ceremony Wednesday at the school.


Getting water meant a half-mile walk — but watch out for rattlers

RURAL PENFIELD — When Joseph and Anne Sarah Welles traveled to their new farm southwest of present-day Penfield, the ground had never been tilled. Rattlesnakes slithered in the tall prairie grass.


Dairy goats a staple on family farm

RURAL RANTOUL — To an outsider, Anna Crites’ 16 Saanen and Nubian goats all look pretty much the same except for the different breeds. But Crites knows each by its name, including its personality and quality.

The 14-year-old Crites, with help from her mother, Nicole, raises the dairy goats on their sixth-generation family farm that was founded in 1895, southeast of Rantoul.


Twilight tractor drive added to Penfield farm show

PENFIELD — A twilight tractor drive in the rural areas north of Penfield is a new attraction at this year’s Historic Farm Days, which opens Thursday, July 12, and runs through Sunday, July 15, in Penfield.

The tractor drive will depart the grounds of the I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club at 6 p.m. and return prior to darkness.


All-female state FFA officer team elected

SPRINGFIELD – The all-female 2018-2019 Illinois state officer team was elected Thursday at the 90th annual Illinois State FFA Convention.

This marks the first time in the Illinois Association FFA’s 90-year history that all major state officers are women. The officers were installed Thursday afternoon to serve the Illinois Association FFA for the next 12 months.


She'd rather be farming: Agriculture in blood of new state FFA president from Fisher

FISHER — Sophia Hortin grew up preferring to drive a tandem grain truck to playing basketball. She would rather be tending hogs and working hard than toiling on the hardwood.


Farmer-judge remembered: 'I've never met anyone who didn't like my dad'

RANTOUL — Bonnie Henderson was a young girl, but she remembers it as if it were yesterday. Her father, Wilbur Flessner, climbed up the steps of his combine, ready to harvest.

Nothing special about that. Normally.

But this was different.


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