1) Plan to use dicamba for weed control this year?
2) Need new ideas to boost yield and increase revenue?
If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, you will want to attend:
2017 Agronomy Day
March 9—9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Macon Community Center, Macon, IL
(Route 51 at Woodcock Road, south side of Macon)
Dr. Bob Wolf, national authority on crop spray technology, “Dicamba application issues.” Dr. Travis Legleiter, Purdue University weed specialist, “What are expectations from dicamba.” Monsanto and BASF representatives, “Dicamba products for 2017 crops.” Cathy Ward, Illinois Department of Agriculture, “Regulations for dicamba use in 2017.”
Lunch, compliments of sponsors
Noel Garcia, CCA, TPS Laboratory, soil test results, timing of nutrient application, corn and soybean tissue testing for timely response to the nutrient needs of the crop.
Dr. Larry Zibilske, TPS Laboratory, soil microbes and microbial additives. Jeff Brown, Blue Mound farmer, will discuss his use of the TPS lab recommendations and crop management.
Sponsors will have table top exhibits.
Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Attendance limited to 200.
You must pre-register at www.IllinoisFarmRadio.com to get a meal ticket and handouts.
Illinois Farm Bureau delegates, after months of consideration by the resolutions committee and much discussion on the delegate floor, passed a change to the organization's by-laws to allow a professional membership for the state's largest farm group.
In the weighted vote on Monday afternoon, just under 51-thousand votes were needed for passage of the by-law change. Delegates representing some 56-thousand members voted yes, while delegates representing just over 20-thousand members, voted no.
This means that Illinois Farm Bureau will offer 3 different types of memberships—farmer, associate, and now the professional membership which will include those involved in ag-related industries.
WHOW THE BIG 1520 AM and 92-point-3 FM in Clinton again sponsored the Antique Tractor Show Contest at this week's Greater Peoria Farm Show.
Attendees were invited to submit their favorite antique tractors on display, on ballots during the show.
WHOW announced those winners today on its Noon Farm Show. They included first place winner being a 1953 I-H Super H owned by Jerry Tibbs of Topeka, Illinois, who won a 150-dollar gift card from WHOW.
Second place was a 1951 Oliver 77 owned by George Weyrich of San Jose, Illinois, who won a 100-dollar gift card from WHOW.
Third place winner was a Gambles Farmeres tractor owned by Bill Beadles of Pekin, Illinois, who won a 50-dollar gift card from WHOW.
WHOW and the Greater Peoria Farm Show thank all the antique tractor owners that brought their machinery to this year's show.
As harvest comes to a close, farmers turn their attention to 2017 business planning and possibly upcoming land sales. But are tracts selling for what they’re actually worth, or previously appraised valuations? Understanding your area’s most recent farmland value study and historical trends can help those considering to place the winning bid or sell to the highest bidder.
For more than a decade, land prices throughout the state steadily climbed, reaching unprecedented numbers – with average values peaking at an almost 80 percent increase from 2003.
To understand how land values differ from year-to-year, Farm Credit Illinois (FCI) conducts an annual benchmark farm study evaluating the same 20 farms’ values. The 2014 benchmark study’s overall results marked the beginning of a shift in trends with only a slight increase in land values. The downward trend began in 2015 with an average decrease in value of 1.51 percent.
The most recent benchmark farm study conducted in July 2016 revealed a steady, average decline in land values of 6.34 percent in the central and southern 60 counties of Illinois.
Overall, the 2016 benchmark study showed 16 of the 20 farms evaluated each year declining in value, one benchmark resulting in no change, and three marginally increasing. Results follow trends throughout the Midwest Corn Belt.
The descending trend can be attributed to high row crop yields throughout the top producing countries of the world, resulting in lower commodity prices and contributing to reduced net farm income. As yields are reported throughout the Midwest, it appears the movement will continue into 2017.
In combination with these factors, if the Federal Reserve (Fed) votes to increase the Fed Funds Rate, as it is expected to soon, land values will likely continue moderately decreasing.
Study Reveals Value Reductions Across Land Classes
Illinois’ agriculture real estate is a location-specific asset whose value is determined by its farmland class. A farmland class is calculated using the University of Illinois’ Bulletin 811 Productivity Index table which classifies the soil in terms of a productivity index (PI) rating. Using soil maps, appraisers determine the percentage of soil types present on a farm to find the overall PI rating – the higher the rating, the more productive the farm’s soils. The overall PI rating places farmland into classes from A to C. Within FCI’s benchmark study, all farmland classes are evaluated.
When considering the benchmarks individually, a wide range of percentage changes across the land classes were shown; the year-over-year percentage changes ranged from -15.53 percent to +3.12 percent.
How Land Trends Influence Buying and Selling
These benchmark values reveal current and long term trends and help set expectations for farm families planning to purchase or sell ground. However, regional trends do not define each piece of property. As farmers begin planning for 2017, they should look to a reliable appraisal service and agricultural lender to study local land values.
Understanding the historical sale trends and the productivity index of a piece of land will assist farmers in setting their maximum budget before the auction takes place – an important component to expanding or maintaining any operation.
Kent Reid is Chief Appraiser at Farm Credit Illinois. He was raised in Albion (Edwards County) and earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Contact kreid@farmcreditIL.com with comments or questions.
The harvest has begun! A combine and grain wagon were harvesting corn west of Tolono on Wednesday morning, September 14.
Regional Radio News has learned that A-H-W, a John Deere retailer with 13 stores across Illinois and Indiana, has purchased the 3 John Deere stores owned by the Cross family in Clinton, Mount Pulaski, and New Holland.
The sale was announced on Monday on the A-H-W web site. A-H-W Chief Operating Officer Chad Braden said the plan to combine the three stores into AHW LLC has been finalized, and was approved by John Deere on Friday, August 19th.
A-H-W says the anticipated closing date is September 19th. A-H-W has indicated that due to timing of the busy fall season, it will be “business as usual” at the three locations. Braden says the biggest difference customers will notice will be the new A-H-W sign. He added more changes will come in the winter of 2017.
With the addition of these three stores, A-H-W will have a total of sixteen locations serving central and eastern Illinois, along with western Indiana.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.- The Illinois Senate voted today to confirm Raymond Poe as the Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture. The third generation farmer was appointed to the position by Governor Bruce Rauner on November 13, 2015.
"I can truly say this opportunity is a dream come true for me. Farming and agriculture is a big part of my family's legacy, as the next generation now runs the family operation," Poe said. "My goal is to continue to grow this billion dollar industry, and continue on a path that will make Illinois agriculture something we can be proud of for generations to come."
Poe previously served 21 years in the Illinois House, representing the 99th District, where he served on
the House Ag and Conservation Committee. Director Poe also previously served as President of the Sangamon County Farm Bureau and Lincolnland Farm Supply.
During his time in the state legislature, Director Poe received several prestigious awards, honors and certificates of appreciation. Among the accolades he is most proud of is the Friends of Agriculture Award given to him by the Illinois Farm Bureau.
Director Poe has been very active in his community and with various agricultural organizations throughout the years. Today Director Poe and his wife Carol reside in Sangamon County. They have three children, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Telecommunications companies may soon be able to lawfully trample on property owners’ rights thanks to S.B. 2237, a bill which would allow telecommunications companies to install their cable and equipment in road rights-of-way without negotiating an easement with the landowner.
“Currently, telecommunications companies are required to negotiate an easement with the landowner if they own the land in the right-of-way,” said Mark Gebhards, executive director, Governmental Affairs and Commodities, Illinois Farm Bureau. “This bill would allow the telecommunications companies to access that land without an easement in most cases.”
What’s more, the legislation doesn’t make it easy for landowners to ensure that repairs to damages made during installation, like damages made to drain tile, are made appropriately and in a timely fashion, Gebhards added.
“Any bill that does not include a process for providing fair compensation is just wrong,” Gebhards said. “Landowners still own the land included in the right-of-way, so allowing telecommunications companies to install without fair compensation is unconstitutional taking of property.”
The legislation has passed the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee and may soon be called for a full Senate vote. Illinois Farm Bureau is asking farmers and landowners to call their state senators now through Thursday, April 14 to urge them to vote “no” on S.B. 2237.
Landowners who wish to contact their state senators in opposition to S.B. 2237 can obtain contact information on the Illinois Farm Bureau Legislative Action Center at www.ilfb.org/5138, or visit the Illinois General Assembly website at www.ilga.gov. Landowners also may call their senators’ Springfield offices at 877-422-8424 and ask
the phone operator to transfer them to their respective state senators.
The Illinois Farm Bureau is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national organization of farmers and ranchers. Founded in 1916, IFB is a non-profit, membership organization directed by farmers who join through their county Farm Bureau. IFB has a total membership of more than 400,000 and a voting membership of more than 82,000. IFB represents three out of four Illinois farmers.
Farm Credit Illinois and Shelby Electric Cooperative sponsored the 19th Annual WSVZ 98.3 AG DAY Live Broadcast from the Farm House Family Restaurant east of Shelbyville, on Tuesday, March 15. The broadcast spotlighted the importance of agriculture to Shelby County and Central Illinois. Local farm broadcaster Jared White conducted the interviews.
Jared interviewing Dustin Theiss of Shelby Electric Cooperative.
Jared interviewing Heidi Hall of Shelby Electric Cooperative.
Jared with Bridgot Giles of Farm Credit Illinois.
Jared with Josh Shaw of Farm Credit Illinois.
Jared interviewing Kevin Bernson with Shelby Electric Cooperative.
Jared with Mike Loyd of Farm Credit Illinois.
Jared with Scott Montgomery of Farm Credit Illinois.
The importance of agriculture to the Central Illinois economy, was featured in the 24th annual NEWSTALK WTIM AG DAY live broadcast from Farm Credit Illinois on West Route 104 in Taylorville, today. Here are some pictures from the event:
Local farm broadcaster Jared White (right) speaks with Dan Pollock of Farm Credit Illinois.
Jared visits with Mike Franzen (left) with Farm Credit Illinois.
Jared visits with Caleb May (left) with Farm Credit Illinois.
Jared visits with Liz Koehler (left) with Farm Credit Illinois.
Jared visits with Melissa Febus (left), the Christian County "Ag in the Classroom" Coordinator, and Gary Letterly (middle) with University of Illinois Extension Christian County.
Jared visits with Mike Loyd (left) with Farm Credit Illinois.