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  • Respondents find 3 main benefits of cover crops
    Saturday, August 27, 2016 5:00 PM
    Modest corn and soybean yield gains, broadleaf weed control and improved soil health were among the benefits the 2,200 respondents reported in the fourth annual cover crop survey.
  • Interest leads to work with congressman
    Saturday, August 27, 2016 5:00 PM
    Jennifer White has a passion for public service. “I love to watch legislators operate, and I’ve always had a passion for Congress,” said White, the constituent services director for U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville.
  • Farmer warns about glyphosate-resistant weeds
    Saturday, August 27, 2016 3:00 PM
    His area of the state probably is better known for its gambling and casino boats than it is for weed problems. But Gary Bailey had a warning for fellow farmers north of the Mason-Dixon Line — don’t gamble with glyphosate-resistant weeds.
  • Homes built for Hoosier families
    Saturday, August 27, 2016 1:00 PM
    In partnership with the Indiana State Fair, Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity constructed two new homes in 14 days at the fairgrounds.
  • Don’t be a zombie
    Saturday, August 27, 2016 11:00 AM
    A new Extension exhibit at the Indiana State Fair this year had an uncommon theme: zombies. The exhibit, named “Don’t Be a Zombie — Be Prepared,” consists of a walk-though maze and interactive video game designed to simulate a zombie apocalypse.
  • Sharing, caring with friends
    A little more than seven years ago at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Foundation Auction, I joined with a small group of women to bid on a weekend stay at the lake home of one of our colleagues. That getaway has become an important part of the summer for each of us.
  • Weather affects disease pressure in cornfields
    SPONSORED: In DEKALB and Asgrow technical agronomist Lance Tarochione’s neck of the woods, a white-knuckle level of drought in June has yielded some unexpected benefits.
  • Crop reporting simplified
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency requires farmers and ranchers participating in our programs to submit an annual report on all cropland use on their farms. Crop insurance agents also require these reports.
  • Corn plants susceptible to disease pathogens
    SPONSORED: As the corn crop moves from reproduction to making grain, Kirby Bacon has his eyes on harvest — and some potential disease issues that could impact harvest.
  • Monitor cattle during high heat, humidity
    Recent temperatures have soared after starting off cool. While the high temperatures have facilitated corn and bean planting, those with livestock must begin to worry about heat stress.
  • Droning on about drones
    As I stood outside watching drones buzz overheard this morning, I couldn’t help but feel like I was in a Jetson’s episode. I was at a field day sponsored by Indiana Farm Bureau, and I was surrounded by an intriguing mix of high school students and farmers well over the age of 60.
  • Summer of ag flashback
    As the Indiana State Fair prepares to wrap up for the year, and Halloween costumes and pumpkin-flavored everything hits store shelves, I find myself taking the time to remember all the agriculture events and activities that occurred over the summer.
  • Story ideas often come from you — readers
    As I travel around the state to gather stories and take photos for Illinois AgriNews, sometimes people ask me how I get ideas for stories. The answer is — many ways, but perhaps one of the best ways is from suggestions by readers.
  • Take time to reflect and enjoy the rain
    I have so many friends who complain when it rains outside. And while I understand how the clouds and lack of sunshine can get you down, I’ve never been one to whine about rain.
  • Heavy rains highlight need for fairground repairs plan
    Social media was filled with photos and videos by Saturday morning of leaky roofs at the Illinois State Fair.

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