Farm Bill Deal Close?
Rep. Rodney Davis (R-13) is serving on both the WRRDA and Farm Bill Conference Committee. Hear his updates on both bills. A framework on the farm bill could be close
Agriculture and the National Guard
Col. Fred Allen, from Delavan, commanded the 1-14 ADT (Agriculture Development Team) in Afghanistan. The team returned in April of 2012. I talked with him about his memories of the deployment and how rural Americans serve in the Guard.
Blogging about Ag for 30 Days
Holly Spangler, associate editor for Farm Progress, is sharing her thoughts on ag during 30 days of blogging event. For the 2nd year she has others involved in ag blogging too. www.prairiefarmer.com
FFA Barn Yard at State Fair
Hayle Johnson from Athens is the Section 14 President. She will be a freshman at LLCC this year. She is helping to staff the FFA Barnyard at the fair.
Jessica Awe Drives Reserve Grand Champion
A constant feature in the Swine Barn at the Illinois State Fair has been the Awe family from Elkhart, Jessica Awe along with her cousin Lucas Aylesworth again had a great weekend at the fair. Jessica finished second overall on Saturday with the drove the
Sisters Showing At the Fair
Tamar and Taryn Adcock of Christian County are ready to show cattle and support the livestock industry in Illinois
Ag Director - Steve Bridge
Steve joined the WFMB family in 2002. He started working as a part-time host of the Press box on Wednesday's and Thursdays. Although not from farming family he took over the role of farm broadcaster for the station in 2009.
Steve grew up in west central Illinois in Macomb. After graduating from Macomb High School attended Western Illinois University. He began his career in sports, at WIU he was a sports anchor on WWIR-TV and the color commentator for the Leatherneck football. His first paying job was in Quincy at WGME-TV and then in Rockford at WREX-TV. After a few years in Rockford as the weekend sports anchor at WREX-TV he moved to Springfield. Bridge worked at WICS-TV for nearly 5 years, leaving the station as the sports director.
Bridge’s wife Dina also works in radio, the two have a pair of boys and they live near Rochester.
A terribly dry season has producers facing low yields at harvest and uncertainty about nitrogen rate adjustments for the 2013 corn crop. University of Illinois Assistant Professor of Crop Sciences, Fabian Fernandez, states as a general rule corn following soybean needs less nitrogen.
The quantity and quality of soybean residue reduces the amount of immobilization and increases the amount of nitrogen mineralization from crop residue and the soil. In areas affected by the drought nitrogen take up was reduced, leaving large amounts left in the field. Fernandez says it can be difficult to estimate the amount of nitrogen left in the field. He suggests farmers measure soil nitrate levels. To do so, farmers should collect 12 soil core samples from throughout a field at a depth of two to three feet. According to Fernandez, the two foot depth should be adequate where little nitrate movement is expected, while the three-foot depth is appropriate where rain may have moved the nutrient deeper.