Q1: Area crop tours recently have indicated record yield potential throughout the area. What did the tours find? -Douglas County Farm Bureau found an average of 206.9 bpa with range of 159-263 bpa -Some Gray Leaf Spot observed in corn and even hail damaged corn near Tuscola yielded 180 Q2: So next crop survey came from Topflight Grain covering Piatt County and part of Champaign and Macon Counties. What were their results? -Topflight Grain found an average of 210 bpa. Range was from 185 to 243 bpa -They also do a soybean pod count and they found an average of 55 pods per plant compared to last years 32. Range from 46 to 68 Q3: Premier Coop covers Champaign County and parts of Vermilion, Ford and Douglas Counties. Their results? -Average was 221 bpa. Former record was 2009 at 194 bpa -All 21 regions were over 200 bpa, ranging from 203 to 257 bpa Q4: Pro Farmer did a tour of the major corn producing states and Illinois was the "garden spot". What were their results? -Illinois 196.6, up from 170 year ago and 3 year average of 149 -USDA is estimating a record 188 for Illinois Q5: The rains that are producing record yields are also perfect conditions for the "fungus amongus", soybean diseases like Sudden Death Syndrome, Phytopthera, charcoal rot or white mold. What do you have here? -sudden death syndrome or SDS -first discovered in Arkansas in 1971, worst when soy planted into cool wet soil and when heavy summer rains saturate soil -SDS overwinters in soil -usually in small area often in wet or compacted areas -then infected areas enlarge -some varieties are less sensitive, but none are resistant -avoid early planting
In this edition of In the Garden Sandy Mason with the U of I Extension takes a trip to the Herb Garden and talks with a member of the C-U Herb Society.
Sandy Mason from the U of I Extension joins us to talk about Tropical Plants.
ILLINOIS STATE FAIR -- The Antique Agricultural Expo celebrates the history of farming in Illinois through a display of historic farm equipment.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- It was busy around the fields of the UI Thursday for the Annual Agronomy Day.
SPRINGFIELD -- While people enjoy rides and music at the State Fair, its main focus remains agricultural education.
Steve Ayers from the U of I extension joins us to talk about crop progress.
DECATUR -- The city could be the new home for an agricultural research center.
NATIONAL -- Despite torrential rains and cooler temperatures, it looks like crops are in good shape.
CHAMPAIGN -- A group of kids got a hands-on introduction to agriculture.
We learn a great place to take plant or tree samples when they're not growing the way you expected.
Jonathon Manuel from the Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District joins us to talk about maintaining your pond.
ILLINOIS -- The Illinois Department of Agriculture is challenging you to buy Illinois-made products.
ILLINOIS -- A dangerous weed has farmers around the state worried.
DECATUR -- Summer break has barely started and already some teachers are thinking about next year.
CHAMPAIGN -- Guests from all over the world stopped in Champaign County this week.
NATIONAL -- If you've bitten into a fruit or vegetable lately, you need to thank a farmer.
OAKLAND -- Students were fighting to save the agriculture and art programs at their school.
Update: 3:30 pm, 3/24/14, Monday OAKLAND -- Monday evening, the school board is set to talk about if the Ag and art teacher positions should be part time.
ILLINOIS -- The newest rankings list Illinois first for soybeans.
SANGAMON COUNTY -- There's a buzz in Illinois. The Ag Department says more people are becoming beekeepers; 38% more in the past year.
SPRINGFIELD -- The state will get nearly $540,000 to make fresh, locally-grown produce available to all.
DECATUR -- Illinois is anticipating lower grain prices this year causing some farmers to question their land values. But some farm managers say there's no need to worry.
A local farmer and BASF representative come together to explain how the weather is affecting local crops.
Update: 10:09 pm, 8/21/13, Wednesday DECATUR -- One of the largest farm shows in the nation is coming to town.
SAVOY -- The growing season is well underway, but farmers say they could use a change in the weather.
SPRINGFIELD -- Governor Quinn signed several ag-related bills into law at the State Fair in honor of Agriculture Day.
SPRINGFIELD -- Agriculture is one of the biggest draws to the Illinois State Fair.
LOGAN COUNTY -- Area farmers who struggled with last year's drought are now facing flooded fields.
MONTICELLO -- As school quickly comes to an end and summer approaches, kids are getting anxious to play outside.
FAIRMOUNT -- Bees help make $15 billion worth of food each year adding to the U.S. economy.
URBANA -- The University of Illinois is partnering with a national organization to do more farmland research.
DANVILLE -- Students in Vermilion County found a fun way to learn about math, science and agriculture.
CHAMPAIGN -- Hundreds of kindergarteners spent the day at college.
URBANA -- The state Ag Department is challenging consumers to change the way we shop.
TOLONO-- Farmers have been working at a record-setting pace this season.
The Vermilion County Farm Bureau is hosting an Ag Finances and Land Values Seminar.
The Illinois Products Expo showed people what the state has to offer this weekend.
The Illinois State Fairgrounds will be the site of this weekend's 14th Annual Illinois Products Expo.
A new "app" helps farmers predict corn yields during the growing process.
A new fertilizer storage facility is opened in Casey.
A local group was recognized for its professionalism.
Today, Governor Pat Quinn named Bob Flider, Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
Governor Pat Quinn says Black Walnut trees in Illinois are in danger from Thousand Cankers Disease.
Update: 6:09 pm February 7, 2012
When most of us think of terrorism, 9/11 or Oklahoma City comes to mind.
A state representative was honored for his commitment and service to the agricultural community.
State Senator Michael Frerichs (D-Champaign) recently introduced a senate resolution to recognize the importance of the Morrill Land Grant College Act of 1862.
We're back for more Ag Answers with Steve Ayers of UI Extension.
Harvest was early this year, but yields are a little disappointing.