Steve Ayers from the U of I extension joins us to talk about crop progress.
Update: 10:15 pm, 8/4/14, Monday ILLINOIS -- High rainfall this summer will have a positive effect on corn crops.
We learn a great place to take plant or tree samples when they're not growing the way you expected.
PENFIELD -- New technology has changed farming in many ways.
BROCTON -- One of the newest pieces of technology is making its way to Central Illinois. A drone could be called the next big thing in farming.
ILLINOIS -- Some farmers in the state are planting a new type of crop.
MONTICELLO -- Farmers know there are dangers which come with their jobs.
NATIONAL -- A report from the White House says climate change could change farming in the Midwest.
ILLINOIS -- The newest rankings list Illinois first for soybeans.
BEMENT -- Hundreds came out to lay a farmer to rest.
A local farmer and BASF representative come together to explain how the weather is affecting local crops.
DECATUR -- The state is launching a new effort to try to get more farmers to plant cover crops which help keep soil more sustainable.
RANTOUL -- Thousands of people from all over the country are headed to town for the 2013 Half Century of Progress Show.
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- Farmers are taking advantage of warmer weather and getting in the fields.
SAVOY -- Wet weather and cooler-than-average temperatures are keeping farmers around Central Illinois from planting crops.
CHAMPAIGN -- Flooding is also a setback for farmers.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- The UI is in charge of a project to help people in Iraq become better farmers.
TOLONO -- A day in the field equals inspiration for one farmer.
SANGAMON COUNTY-- Farmers look forward to a certain ag report every year, but they won't be reading it this year.
RANTOUL -- Some irrigation systems are working overtime.
PESOTUM -- Crop farmers are bracing for a potentially devastating heatwave which could ruin yields.
PARIS -- Farming is one of the top five most dangerous jobs and a Paris man is living proof.
Champaign-- Farming can be a dangerous job, but it ranked surprisingly high in a new study.
Fertilizer companies are hard at work as the growing season gets underway, which means many are being paid to spray crops with poisonous chemicals.
MAHOMET- Chemical drift is a seasonal issues for farmers, and those living in rural areas of Central Illinois.
SAVOY -- The National Weather Service has issued a freeze watch for the area for the next couple of days. Farmers are keeping an eye out as they plant and while some have already seen crop started to sprout.