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window display contest
throughout the county
11, 2001] Logan
County 4-H clubs recently participated in a 4-H window display
contest throughout the county as part of National 4-H Week
that participated were Atlanta Town & Country (window
located at Atlanta Library Annex), Chester 4-H (window at
Eckerts, Inc. in Lincoln), Clover Kids (window at Prairie
Scapes in Mount Pulaski), Elkhart 4-H (window at Illini Bank
in Elkhart), Hartem Clovers (window at Country Companies in
Emden), Middletown 4-H’ers (window at Middletown Junior
High), Millennium Clovers (window at Heads R Turnin’ in
Lincoln) and Wide-A-Wake 4-H (window at Rent to Own in
place went to the Wide-A-Wake 4-H club for their window display at
the Rent to Own store on Broadway Street in Lincoln. Second place
was awarded to Chester 4-H for their display at Eckerts on Sangamon
Street in Lincoln. Third place went to Atlanta Town & Country
4-H for their display at the library annex in Atlanta.
the poster contest, Nichole Benz, a member of the Millennium Clovers
4-H Club, was chosen as the winner.
additional information about the 4-H program in Logan County, people
can contact the Logan County Extension office at 732-8289.
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[Chester 4-H Club's second-place window]
[Wide-A-Wake 4-H Club's first-place window]
[Atlanta Town & Country 4-H's third-place window]
FFA attends leadership training sessions
10, 2001] Hartsburg-Emden
FFA officers and new members attended the recent Section 14
Leadership Training School at Lincoln Community High School and with
their local chapter.
attended special training sessions devoted to procedures and
topics that specific officers might face. All new FFA members
attended a special session hosted by the state FFA treasurer,
Jesse Faber. Jesse highlighted major FFA activities that new
members can participate in and also emphasized how important
setting high goals is.
Nic Coers, Sarah Struebing, Natalie Coers, Daniel Eeten, Matt
Ballance, Daniel Coers, Nick Reinhart, Kent Leesman and Jesse Faber,
state FFA treasurer. Front row: Drew Wibben, Brandon Crane, Amanda
Johnson, Drew Olson, Nathan Charron and Jason Hinch.
needed for FSA election
9, 2001] Logan County Farm Service Agency is currently searching for
individuals representative of the county farmers to serve as
nominees for the county committee election, which this year is in
the district made up of Orvil, Prairie Creek, Broadwell, West
Lincoln, Corwin and Sheridan townships, according to FSA County
Executive Director Mark Fricke.
The Logan County FSA administers federal agricultural
production, farm loan, conservation and emergency programs
annually in Logan County. A locally elected committee of farmers
and landowners that serve staggered, three-year terms oversees
operation of the county office.
"It is critical to FSA’s future that we ensure that all
farmers have an equal opportunity to be a candidate to serve as a
member on our county committees," said Fricke.
"Employees in the county office will be taking an active role
in contacting producers and farm groups, along with leaders of
minority, female and under-represented groups, to ensure that they
fully understand the role of the county committee."
Individuals of legal voting age with an interest in farmland as
an owner, operator, tenant or sharecropper or those who are eligible to
participate in any FSA program are eligible to vote in the
election and are eligible to serve on the committee if nominated
and elected. Spouses are also eligible to vote and serve on the
committee if nominated and elected.
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locally elected committees shoulder primary responsibility for
making national farm programs fit the needs and situations faced
by local farmers," Fricke said. "They bring local
expertise and knowledge to USDA’s daily delivery of programs and
reminded farmers that for a nomination petition to be valid, it
must be limited to one nominee, must include written certification
that the nominee is willing to serve if elected and must be signed
by one eligible voter in the area holding the election this year.
Eligible voters may circulate or sign nomination petitions for as
many candidates as they choose.
deadline to return valid nomination petitions to the local FSA
office is Oct. 29.
Minority and female farmers are encouraged to take part in this
important nomination process. For more information, contact the
local FSA office or USDA service centers.
celebrate National 4-H Week
6, 2001] Logan
County 4-H’ers are joining nearly 7 million boys and girls
nationwide in the Oct. 7-13 observance of National 4-H Week.
Logan County, there are over 80 volunteer leaders working with more
than 300 4-H members. These volunteers are among the more than
500,000 leaders nationwide who each contributed about 220 hours of
service last year.
4-H program, conducted by the University of Illinois Extension, is
open to boys and girls ages 8-19, wherever they live. Activities are
conducted in the 3,150 counties of the United States, the District
of Columbia and six territories.
4-H thrives because of a unique partnership with the public and
private sectors, which contribute at the local, state and national
level. Not only does this partnership include financial support, but
also many business people volunteer their time and talents to boys
and girls. Support at the local level is received through the help
of many businesses, financial institutions, civic organizations and
more information on how you can become involved in 4-H as a member
or volunteer leader, contact the Logan County Extension office at
732-8289. The 4-H program is open to all youth ages 8-19, regardless
of race, color or creed.
6, 2001] With
fall definitely in the air, many of nature’s own are trying to
find shelter for the winter. This group would include crickets,
ants, spiders, ladybugs and elm leaf beetles. They are really
seeking warmth, and they don’t care if they are on a rock in the
sun or in your basement. Once in the home, you must decide whether
to use pesticides, the vacuum cleaner or tolerate them.
can save yourself a great deal of worry over the welfare of children
and pets by choosing a non-chemical course of action (the vacuum or
tolerance). Another option that keeps pesticides out of the house is
to spray a barrier of diazinon on the outside foundation of the
sprays can be reduced to following a five-step program to have good
success. Some of the insects and their relatives that can be
controlled or reduced would include ants, centipedes, cockroaches,
spiders and earwigs. In addition to trying for warmth, some of these
are just naturally hanging around in flower beds and lawns outside
one is to purchase an emulsifiable concentrate of diazinon (liquid
form). Dilute with water to make a .5 percent solution for a
foundation spray. The average home requires about three gallons of
spray solution, so you will need about eight ounces of 25 percent
diazinon concentrate in three gallons of water to get the correct
two is to spray the foundation of the house just to the point of
runoff. Spray all the way around the house. Also make sure to spray
around the base of door openings.
three is to also spray a 10- to 12-inch band of the solution on the
adjacent soil. A wider band may give better protection but also has
the extra insecticide involved. A wider band may be helpful if there
is a flower bed or shrubbery providing for more insects close to the
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four is to spray behind concrete steps and other structures that
join up with the foundation. If you can’t spray behind them, spray
over and around them.
five is to spray cracks and crevices in the foundation and in
concrete slabs (such as driveways) that join the foundation.
idea is to crate a continuous barrier that insects, spiders,
millipedes and other pests have to crawl through to get into your
house. Even if they do get in, they won’t last long. Once insects
are in the home, you shouldn’t use anything other than aerosol
products that are labeled for use in the home. Many of the products
just kill things that they come in contact with. A few do have a
lasting residual. Remember that the more residual pesticides have,
the more chances for accidentally causing poisoning problems.
time that you are dealing with pesticides, you should read the
label. The label is a legal document that should tell what it
controls, how to mix, how to apply, safety precautions and other
luck to you as we enter fall and try to keep those nuisance pests
out of your home.
prepares for centennial in 2002
3, 2001] The
4-H centennial celebration will be in 2002. It’s not very often
that we get to celebrate 100 years, so there will be several special
events throughout the year. One of the main goals of the committee
at this time is to identify past 4-H members living in the Logan
you are a past 4-H member living in Logan County, please contact the
Extension office for a past member involvement form, so that we may
build a record of former members living in the area. The Centennial
Committee is considering several activities in the coming year that
would involve these former 4-H’ers.
contact us by e-mail at email@example.com,
by paper mail at 980 N. Postville Drive, Lincoln, IL 62656 or by
phone at (217) 732-8289. If you are one of the past 4-H members from
Logan County who lives away from the area, we would also like to
hear from you!
25, 2001] With
harvest having begun in earnest this past week, we are having the
yield results that everyone expected. That is to say that they are
highly variable. Take the corn yields that have been discussed. The
range that I have heard has been from 90 to 214 bushels per acre.
The 214 seems to be a more isolated yield, with other yields running
20 bushels under that. Most corn yields seem to be running from 120
to 170 bushels per acre, with areas that had rain on the upper end
and dryer areas running lower yield averages.
soybean yields, the range of yields has been from 30 to 74 bushels
per acre. Both the top and the bottom yields of the range are
extreme. Most soybean yields have been from the low 40s to the low
50s, with rainfall and the relative maturity of the soybean having
the major influence on yields. This year the mid to late Group 3
soybeans seem to have a yield advantage because of rains that fell
very late in the growing season. The earlier maturing soybeans were
already mature when the rains fell. The earlier beans have also had
smaller seeds and lesser seed quality on the whole.
harvest continues, we’ll begin to get a better handle on where the
yields will settle. Of course the Illinois Department of Agriculture
will provide its county yield estimates in February. But in the end
we only tend to focus on our own farms and fields, as they are the
ones that have to pay the bills.
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annual ritual of evaluating corn borer damage has begun in the
county. In fact, we are about to complete our field assignments.
Each year, we are asked to assess corn borer damage and counts in 10
fields. Last year the counts of overwintering corn borers were light
in the west area of the county and heavier to the east. This year
the counts seem to have averaged out with heavy populations in most
areas of the county.
thus far on the survey show about 80 percent plant infestation and
about two corn borers present per plant. Some plants that were
damaged had no borers currently in them, as the borers had moved on.
Other plants had as high as eight borers in one plant.
results of our county survey will be sent to campus to combine with
the other counties conducting surveys. This data collection helps
campus specialists with predictions for overwintering numbers and
potential damage for next year.