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DEWEY—Jacob Kesler had career options, but when it came down to it, his best option was the one he had been around his entire life.
By his estimation, his family has been farming in the central and northern parts of Champaign County for at least seven generations, with Jacob being the seventh generation.
DEWEY — After three quality growing seasons, don’t be surprised if conditions are less than ideal in 2016.
Dr. Darrel Good, professor emeritus in the University of Illinois Department of Agriculture and Consumer Economics, isn’t a meteorologist, but he said many signs point to less-than-ideal weather this year for growing corn and soybeans.
RANTOUL — An auction has been set for later this month to sell a vast array of farm equipment and vehicles owned by the Lo family.
The Los are retiring from farming, according to the Hamilton-based auction house, Sullivan Auctioneers.
CHAMPAIGN — While its students may never attend high school on the 80 acres of land the Champaign school district owns in the northernmost part of Champaign, some low-income families in the district may be fed this fall thanks to the proceeds from 40 acres of crops that were harvested on a portion of that land recently.
RANTOUL — Things have changed dramatically since Paul May served at Chanute Air Force Base.
Last week, vintage farm equipment traveled the runways formerly frequented by military aircraft.
May, of Kingsburg, Calif., wanted to be there to see it.
It might not be one of the oldest surviving homes, but it’s built from some of the oldest material.
Allen’s Original Redwood Log Home — built by a former logger from a section of redwood tree — is estimated to be more than 1,900 years old. At least the tree is that old. The home has a more modern beginning.
RANTOUL — Visitors to last week’s Half Century of Progress farm show in Rantoul had their choice of a wide range of food selections, including pizza, corn dogs, barbecued pork and hamburgers.
One selling homemade ice cream was among the busiest.
Electric motors turning the ice cream buckets made the ice cream an easy sell.
RANTOUL — Steve Smith of Republic, Ohio, sat at his stand at last week’s Half Century of Progress farm show with a “Plow Peddler” sign nearby
“To me, plowing is a lost art,” Smith said.
RANTOUL — Marshall Martin was wiping down his Farmall 706 tractor on Thursday — the first day of the Half Century of Progress farm show.
RANTOUL — John Fredrickson knew, to quote Ed Sullivan, it was going to be a really big show Thursday afternoon.
By then, the parking lots at the Rantoul Aviation Center are normally beginning to thin out for the first day of the Half Century of Progress farm show.
Instead, people were staying, and more were coming in the gates.