Harvest is slowly beginning across central Illinois. Hoping to start riding in some combines within the next week! If your farm would like to be featured on our Combine Reports this fall, just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org! J
Next week on the show....
9/23 am (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Eric Snodgrass - Atmospheric Scientist w/ Nutrien Ag Solutions
9/23 noon (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Jeff Scott – Christian County Farmer Bringing SILO Movie To Pana 9/26 &
Sam Goldberg – SILO Producer
Nic Hustede – FMC Agronomist &
Marc Burns – CaseIH on Sprayers
Andy Thompson – Yetter Farm Equipment &
Mike Van Horn – J&M Manufacturing
Matt Montgomery – Pioneer Agronomist
Tom Scheff – Golden Harvest &
Nolan Paxton – FMC on 3D Thrive
Lance Brown – GSI &
Bill Webber – CaseIH on Tractors
Alex Saleznov – National Hemp Association &
Scott Youngman – Corteva on Enlist
Kim Wideman – New Holland &
Eric Broadbent - Kinze
Justin Kaufman – Precision Plant &
Liz Knutson - Pioneer on Corn
Next Week on the Show....
9/16 am (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Rod Stoll – Farm Credit Illinois - Farm Safety Week &
Maroa-Forsyth FFA - Drone Safety
9/16 noon (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Greg Souder – 360 Yield Center &
Allen O'Strauss – Clauss
Andrew Sunderman – Fendt &
Mike Koenings – Corteva
Dave Newcomb – IL Fire Service Institute
Ed Wassum – National Hemp Association & CO Farmer
Michael Flintoff – MacDon &
Josh Sauder – Granular
Kaitlyn Bissonette – SCN Coalition &
Kevin Kersey – Roxor
Greg Thompson – Sentera &
Tom Davis – AgDirect
Ryan Hough – John Deere &
Pete Itenburk – Dekalb
Sam Goldberg – SILO Producer &
Raimi Pittinger – KY Farmer
NOTE; Rebecca Wiggins is a Taylorville teenager that enjoys writing. She shared with us, her perception of being a city girl while attending last month's Illinois State Fair. Her story is below.
--Randal J. Miller, President, illinoisfarmradio.com
Last year, I had the opportunity to explore the agricultural aspects of the Illinois State Fair. I learned many things I hadn't previously known, and the experience was a great way to educate myself on the importance of agriculture in our community. This year, I wanted to continue to expand my knowledge by seeing some of the key agricultural sights the fair had to offer.
The Agriculture Tent seemed like the perfect place to start, for obvious reasons. It gave an excellent opportunity to learn about some of the specialty crops grown in Illinois, as well as watch demonstrations, and speak to experienced farmers about their day-to-day routines. There was also an activity primarily used to see if you had the strength to pull someone out of a grain bin. I suppose this wasn't an issue I had ever thought about, but after reading up on the topic, and also having someone speak to me on the importance of grain bin safety, I can understand the significance of knowing how to properly enter a grain bin, if need be. The Agriculture Tent also held hidden gems, like sweet corn, and delicious apple cider slushies!
If you ever get hungry at the Illinois State Fair, one of the best places to be is the Illinois Pork Producers Booth. There you will find incredible pork chop sandwiches and savory baked potatoes. The Illinois Pork Producers also offer a variety of educational resources to help everyone understand where our food comes from, as well as how important pork production is. Illinois is ranked fourth in the country in terms of pork production, and this creates approximately ten thousand five hundred jobs. Over eight million pigs are raised in Illinois annually, which amounts to around two billion pounds of pork.
Conservation World is a great place to learn more about wildlife in Illinois. This year, I decided to focus on fish and bees, two of the primary exhibits that were shown there. I learned about the value of pollination, and how we can help to create a functional ecosystem for pollinators to encourage them to live in our neighborhoods. In terms of fish, I was able to view a tank filled with Illinois native species and talk to experts on the topic.
Overall, the Illinois State Fair is always a fantastic place to educate yourself on the importance of agriculture, and you can have fun in the process!
Next week on the Show....
9/9 am (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
Lance Tarchione – Dekalb Agronomist
9/9 noon (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Steve Nicholson – RaboAgrifinance & Brock Helgerson – Channel Seed
IL Senator Chapin Rose & David Palmer – Kubota
Mike Warner – Wyffels & Jess Smithers – Richland Community College
Danny Himes – LG Seeds & Dave Bickett – Hotsy
Erica Stark – National Hemp Association
Charles Baron – Farmers Business Network
Jerry Toohill – Stone Seed & Craig Hunt – AGI
Tim Norris – SmartAg & Lisa Bachlege – Morton Buildings
Tony McClellan – CaseIH Planters & Brandon Milligan – Windsor FFA
Next week on the Show....
9/2 am (6:40a & 1:07p on WHOW)
U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue - Ag Policy Forum @ FPS (Pt 1)
9/2 noon (12:20p & 4:35p on WHOW)
Matt Jungmann – National Events MGR @ Farm Progress
U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue - Ag Policy Forum @ FPS (Pt 2)
Matt Bennett – Bennett Consulting & Hanna Lyon – Maroa-Forsyth FFA
U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue - Ag Policy Forum @ FPS (Pt 3)
Clint Bowyer – NASCAR & Alex Bowman – NASCAR & Todd Kubli – Nationwide Insurance
U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue - Ag Policy Forum @ FPS (Pt 4)
Karl Setzer – Agrivisor & Eric Broadbent – Kinze
Tom Tracy – Farm Credit IL & John Schartmann – Pioneer
Stephanie Porter – Agronomist w/ Golden Harvest
Here are more interviews local farm broadcaster Jared White did with vendors and officials at the Farm Progress Show on August 29:
Matt Jungmann, National Events Manager, Farm Progress
Kaitlyn Bissonette, SCN Coalition
Mike Warner, Wyffels Hybrids
Nic Hustede, agronomist with FMC
Nolan Paxton, Thrived with FMC
Stephanie Porter, local ag agronomist with Golden Harvest
Tom Scheff, Golden Harvest
Here are more interviews our local farm broadcaster Jared White did from the Farm Progress Show:
Tom Tracy, CEO, Farm Credit Illinois
David Palmer, Kubota
Alex Bowman, NASCAR driver appearing at the Nationwide Insurance exhibit
Todd Kubli, Nationwide Insurance
Greg Thompson, Sentera, on drones
Mike Koenigs, Corteva on Tru Choice
Scott Youngman, Corteva on Enlist
Josh Sauder, Granular
Mike Van Horn, J&M
Eric Broadbent, Kinze
Michael Flintoff, MacDon
Alex Saleznor, National Hemp Association on CBD
Ed Wassum, farmer with National Hemp Association
Erica Stark, National Hemp Association
John Schartman, Pioneer, on soybeans
Liz Knutson, Pioneer, on corn
Justin Kauffman, Precision Plant
illinoisfarmradio.com originated an Extended Noon Farm Show during the 3 days of the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, from the Beck's Hybrids exhibit on the west side of Progress City.
Local farm broadcaster Jared White (right) anchored each day's show, interviewing Beck's Hybrid's personnel. At the right is Mark Voors, Beck's Area Team Lead, who was interviewed on today's Extended Noon Farm Show.
Beautiful, clear skies and temperatures in the 70's, greeted attendees of day 3 of the Farm Progress Show in Decatur today.
The show continues until 4pm this afternoon at Progress City on the campus of Richland Community College in Decatur.
And, here was our home for our over 30 hours of LIVE coverage from the show. Local farm broadcaster Jared White was on foot at the show during our coverage August 21, 23, and 26; and was on wheels on a golf cart the 3 days of the show. Company president Randal J. Miller anchored our LIVE coverage from the BASF Media Tent at 6th and East Progress.
Central Illinois car dealer Bob Ridings visited the illinoisfarmradio.com broadcast studio inside the BASF Media Tent, on Wednesday afternoon. Ridings visited with host Randal J. Miller, about Ford's exhibit at the show, focusing on their popular F-150 pickup trucks.
Here's the audio from that interview:
Ridings owns dealerships in Taylorville, Pana, Jacksonville, Lincoln, Decatur, and Monticello.
Big crowds and beautiful weather greeted day 2 of the Farm Progress Show in Decatur on Wednesday.
US Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue held a news conference at the BASF Media Tent during the Farm Progress Show on Wednesday. He fielded many questions from both farm broadcasters and reporters on a host of subjects important to agriculture, including trade, refinery waivers, and livestock. Here is the unedited audio of Perdue's news conference:
13th Congressional District Congressman Rodney Davis hosted an Ag Policy Forum at Richland Community College in Decatur on Wednesday, as part of the Farm Progress Show.
Featured speaker was United States Ag Secretary Sonny Purdue, who talked about the ongoing trade talks with China and how it's affecting local farmers.
The by-invitation only event attracted a standing-room-only crowd of farmers and residents.
Here are more interviews Jared did that were featured in our on-air coverage:
AGI Craig Hunt
Bill Webber, Case IH on tractors
Mark Burns, Case IH on sprayers
Tony McLellan, Case IH on planters
Clint Bowyer, NASCAR driver who was at the Dekalb exhibit
Charles Baron, Farmers Business Network
Hanna Lyon, Maroa FFA
Kimberly Widerman, New Holland
Kevin Kersey, Roxor
Here are more interviews that our local farm broadcaster Jared White did the afternoon of August 27 at the Farm Progress Show:
Tom Davis with Ag Direct and Farm Credit Illinois
Karl Setzer with AgriVisor
Ryan Hough with John Deere
Steve Nicholson with RaboAgriFinance
Raimi Pottinger, the Kentucky farmer whose farm was featrured in the movie "Silo" being previewed at the Farm Progress Show
"Silo" movie producer Sam Goldberg
Andy Thompson with Yetter
Here are more interviews from our Farm Progress Show coverage on August 27th:
Lance Tarchione, local agronomist with Dekalb Asgrow
Pete Itenburk with Dekalb Asgrow
Andrew Sunderman with Fendt Tractors
Lance Brown with GSI
Matt Bennett with Bennett Consulting and Channel Seeds
We visited with Jerry Johnson, regional director for the Quail and Upland Game Alliance, on how they work with farmers in Illinois.
Their booth is in the Varied Industries Tent at 5th and West Progress.
The gates opened at 8 o'clock this morning, and the sun came from behind the clouds at 9:30. The crowds responded!
Exhibitors report great foot traffic on Tuesday morning.
Mansea Metal in Mt. Zion, is providing farmers information on their metal roofing material, and DIY pole buildings, in the Varied Industries Tent at 5th and Progress.
Their display includes a scale size pole building, to show farmers the lumber in each Mansea Metal DIY building, and where the lumber is located to give the building strength to take Illinois weather.
Here's an interview we did with Mansea Metal Mt. Zion general manager Jeff Chambers:
Here's an interview we did with Mansea Metal marketing director Steve Adriance:
Stop by and visit them in the Varied Industries Tent at 5th and West Progress.
The Illinois Chiropractic Society is providing helpful information to farmers, on how chiropractors around the state can treat farm-related injuries. Dr. Ren Bleem, a chiropractic physician from Havana, and his wife Melanie, are manning the booth all 3 days in the Health and Safety Tent on the northeast side of the FPS grounds.
Here's an interview we did with them as part of our illinoisfarmradio.com coverage:
Stop by their booth in the Health and Safety Tent, when you're at the Farm Progress Show this week.
POSTED 9:19AM Tuesday 8/27:
Just in from Farm Progress Show Officials:
Sorry folks, due to wet fields no field demos Tuesday. We expect the fields to be ready to go Wednesday. The good news is with the rain came some great temperatures, so you’ll be cruising the show grounds in comfort this week.
Gates opened at 8 o'clock this morning, and the farmers are here!
The show is open today til 4 this afternoon.
Cloudy skies at Progress City this morning, but NO RAIN! We didn't get expected rain during the night, and the weatherman says the sun is to come out this afternoon. We're also expecting sunny skies for Wednesday and Thursday.
Stay tuned for continuing coverage on all the illinoisfarmradio.com platforms, including WHOW THE BIG 1520, 92.3 FM in DeWitt County, 106.5 FM in Logan County; streamed at illinoisfarmradio.com, on the WHOW mobile app and Amazon Alexa.
Our coverage is also being heard on NEWSTALK WTIM's many platforms, including THE BIG 870 across Central Illinois, 96.1 FM in Christian County, 107.5 FM in Shelby County, and 107.7 FM in Moultrie County; streamed live at taylorvilledailynews.com, on the WTIM mobile app, and on Amazon Alexa.
FARM PROGRESS SHOW TRAFFIC REPORT as of 8am Tuesday, August 27
Mound Road eastbound backed up to Greenswitch.
Illinois Route 48 southbound from I-72 exit 144, backed up from the exit to Brush College Road, all the way to the show site.
Reas Bridge Road south of Richland Community College backed up in both directions.
And, a reminder that the East Exhibitor Parking Lot is closed due to water. All exhibitors are to park in the West Parking Lot, and enter gate # 1.
More interviews from Farm Progress Show August 26, 2019 Coverage:
Nicole Phillips, Senior Director of Marketing, Nutrien Ag Solutions
Dave Bickett, Sales Rep, Hopsi
Jeff Smithers, Director of Ag Programs, Richland Community College
Laurel Case, Public Relations Manager, John Deere
Tim Norris, Eastern Region Business Director, Smart Ag
Here are interviews from our Farm Progress Show August 26th Coverage:
Tyler Barringer, District Sales Manager, Beck's Hybrids
Greg Sauder, Owner, 360 Yield Center
Lindsay Rakenberger, Director of Agri-Business, Country Financial
Danny Himes, District Sales Manager, LG Seeds
Bev Kuhn, EMS Coordinator, HSHS St. Mary's Hospital, Decatur
Matt Jungmann, National Events Manager, Farm Progress
David Brix, Host Farmer, Farm Progress Show