Fire destroys motor home on farm show grounds

RANTOUL — Fire destroyed a motor home on the grounds of the Half Century of Progress farm show.

It was one of three calls to which Rantoul firefighters responded early Tuesday morning.

Fire Chief Ken Waters said the cause of the motor home fire was undetermined. He estimated total damage at $30,000.

Huge farm show this week in Rantoul

RANTOUL — No need to ask where the beef is in Rantoul this week.

Two of the bigger tractors around will be on hand for the biennial Half Century of Progress farm show, which runs Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 24-27, on the grounds of the Rantoul National Aviation Center.

'There are spectators that come from every state in the U.S.'

RANTOUL — Rantoul police Lt. Alex Meyer likens it to a University of Illinois home football game. But the game lasts for four days.

Iroquois-Ford cover crop field day set Aug. 16

ONARGA — The Iroquois-Ford Soil and Water Conservation districts/NRCS are sponsoring a cover crop field day from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 Wednesday, Aug. 16, at the Tom Roselius and Mark Redeker farms, 4 miles south of Crescent City on Illinois 49/1400 North Road.

History repeats itself at Penfield farm show this week

PENFIELD — Back in the days when farm equipment was really horse-powered, many of the seats that held the workers were made of cast iron.

A group of collectors that includes a worldwide membership will hold its national show at this week’s annual Historic Farm Days show in Penfield, sponsored by the I&I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club.

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.

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