Archives for 2019-09

The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 9/30/19 - 10/4/19

Next week on the Show...


First combine ride of the season in the books!  If you'd like to be a part of this year's harvest reports, drop me a line at! - Jared



9/30 am
Chris Miller – National Weather Service


9/30 noon
Carl & Cole Newbauer & Shelby Cooper – McLean Farm Bureau Safety Day


10/1 am
Bob Lawless – Golden Harvest Agronomist


10/1 noon
Derek Martin – Logan County Farmer (Combine Report)


10/2 am
Joe Schuele – US Meat Export Federation


10/2 noon
Gail Sasse – Gail's Pumpkin Patch In Logan County


10/3 am
Travis Meteer – U of I Extension Beef Specialist


10/3 noon
Allie Reinecke – New DeWitt County Farm Bureau Manager


10/4 am
Dave Newcomb – IL Fire Service Institute


10/4 noon
Dennis St. Aubin – CHS on Propane





Farm Credit Illinois Mourning Unexpected Loss of CEO

Farm Credit Illinois released a statement Wednesday afternoon, that its 47-year-old CEO Tom Tracy, died unexpectedly Wednesday morning.


Here is the statement released by FCI Wednesday afternoon:


Dear FCI family & friends,

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we inform you that our beloved leader and CEO Tom Tracy passed away early Wednesday morning from health complications.

Tom was an extraordinary executive with a brilliant financial mind and a kind and charitable heart. His leadership embodied the Association’s Helping Farm Families Succeed core purpose. Tom had an unwavering commitment to growing a financially strong cooperative for its farmer-owners – all while promoting an engaging and family-like work culture.

Tom joined the Association 10 years ago and began serving as President & CEO in 2015. Prior to joining FCI, he worked 20 years in banking and served as a senior officer and board member of a publicly traded financial institution. He received an undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a master's degree in business administration from Eastern Illinois University. He obtained certifications from various banking programs and in risk management from the Kellogg School of Business. Tom served on the board of the Kirby Hospital Foundation in Monticello.

Tom is survived by his parents Thomas and Paula Tracy, of Ivesdale, and his wife Erin and children – Alex and Maggie, of rural Piatt County.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers for Tom’s extended family and his many dear friends and colleagues.

Yours sincerely,
Eric Mosbey
Chair, Board of Directors
Aaron Johnson
Interim President & CEO


Funeral arrangements are pending.

The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 9/23/19 - 9/27/19


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!  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


9/24 am
Nic Hustede – FMC Agronomist  &
Marc Burns – CaseIH on Sprayers


9/24 noon
Andy Thompson – Yetter Farm Equipment  &
Mike Van Horn – J&M Manufacturing


9/25 am
Matt Montgomery – Pioneer Agronomist


9/25 noon
Tom Scheff – Golden Harvest  &
Nolan Paxton – FMC on 3D Thrive


9/26 am
Lance Brown – GSI  &
Bill Webber – CaseIH on Tractors


9/26 noon
Alex Saleznov – National Hemp Association  &
Scott Youngman – Corteva on Enlist


9/27 am
Kim Wideman – New Holland  &
Eric Broadbent - Kinze


9/27 noon
Justin Kaufman – Precision Plant  &
Liz Knutson - Pioneer on Corn





The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 9/16/19 - 9/20/19


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


9/17 am
Andrew Sunderman – Fendt &
Mike Koenings – Corteva


9/17 noon
Dave Newcomb – IL Fire Service Institute


9/18 am
Ed Wassum – National Hemp Association & CO Farmer


9/18 noon
Michael Flintoff – MacDon &
Josh Sauder – Granular


9/19 am
Kaitlyn Bissonette – SCN Coalition &
Kevin Kersey – Roxor


9/19 noon
Greg Thompson – Sentera &
Tom Davis – AgDirect


9/20 am
Ryan Hough – John Deere &
Pete Itenburk – Dekalb


9/20 noon
Sam Goldberg – SILO Producer &
Raimi Pittinger – KY Farmer





Perception of the Illinois State Fair from a City Teenager

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,


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!

The Farm Show With Jared White - Schedule 9/9/19 - 9/13/19

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


9/10 am
IL Senator Chapin Rose & David Palmer – Kubota


9/10 noon
Mike Warner – Wyffels & Jess Smithers – Richland Community College


9/11 am
Danny Himes – LG Seeds & Dave Bickett – Hotsy


9/11 noon
Erica Stark – National Hemp Association


9/12 am
Charles Baron – Farmers Business Network 


9/12 noon
Jerry Toohill – Stone Seed & Craig Hunt – AGI


9/13 am
Tim Norris – SmartAg & Lisa Bachlege – Morton Buildings


9/13 noon
Tony McClellan – CaseIH Planters & Brandon Milligan – Windsor FFA