Agriculture

Fisher poultry team hatches a fourth-place finish at state contest

FISHER — The Fisher High School FFA poultry team finished fourth in competition at the state livestock and poultry judging contest on the campus of the University of Illinois.

“The members of Fisher FFA practiced hard and were ready for the competition,” chapter adviser Jennifer Boberg said. “The hard work and dedication paid off for Fisher’s poultry team.


Fisher 4-Hers hear about all things dairy

FISHER — Two visitors from Mahomet-Seymour FFA spoke to The Fantastic 4-Hers of Fisher at their monthly meeting March 6.

The pair spoke about dairy cattle, dairy judging, the different dairy breeds and how cheese is made.

They also let the 4-Hers sample different types of cheese, including Swiss, mild cheddar and Colby Jack.


Ag forecast calls for higher corn prices

DEWEY — Corn prices could see a slight increase this year, while soybeans could see a slight decrease.

And as always, weather will play a big role.

That’s the early forecast from University of Illinois ag economist Darrel L. Good, who spoke to about 40 people Tuesday at the annual Dewey Bank farmers breakfast.

Overall, he said, “not a lot has changed since last year.”


Pumpkin crop looking good in time for Halloween and Thanksgiving

URBANA — This time last year, the threat of a major pumpkin shortfall was in the news. Sources were predicting the 50 percent yield losses — due to early rains, cooler-than-normal weather and fast-spreading disease — would mean fewer pumpkin pies at Thanksgiving.


Results from local initiative could have worldwide use

RANTOUL — Using an ordinary cargo trailer, Roman Fox and crew were able to convert it to a cooling station — a place to keep fruits and vegetables at ideal temperatures during transport to and from farmers markets or after they’re harvested in farm fields.


J.I. Case, Graham-Bradley to be featured at farm show

PENFIELD — Before the Case farm equipment company bought International Harvester, it had its own line — J.I. Case.

The farm machinery line will be featured at this year’s Historic Farm Days show, which runs Thursday through Sunday in Penfield.


What's a few thousand miles?

PENFIELD — John Fredrickson, former president of the I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club, said there are some people in the Penfield area who have never visited the annual Historic Farm Days show in that town.


Woman's work saved calves' lives

RANTOUL — For Jan Allen, last week’s highway accident that put nearly 100 feeder calves in jeopardy was nothing new.

It was the fourth mishap involving animals in the last year that Rantoul Foods’ livestock-procurement manager responded to.

“Just like any other emergency, if it had been a bus, you look around, check to see if the driver is OK, and any passengers,” Allen said.


Wearing the blue: FFA students receive star awards; greenhands recognized

RANTOUL — Rantoul Township High School FFA members were recognized for their accomplishments during the 2015-16 school year when the chapter hosted its annual banquet May 4.

Students who received star awards were Adam Crites, star greenhand; Chase Carlson, star in agribusiness; Nicole Wolken and Karsin Harper, stars in agriscience research; and Raina Goodrum, star farmer.


Seven generations and counting: Keslers longtime area farmers

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.


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