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FFA/FFA Alumni chapters meet for banquet
6, 2002] The
Olympia FFA and FFA Alumni chapters met for their annual chapter
banquet on Saturday, March 16, at the Olympia High School auditorium
and cafeteria in Stanford. The chapters are made of up members from
parts of Woodford, Tazewell, Logan, McLean and DeWitt counties.
About 100 members attended.
and awards were presented, along with the ag plot report given by
Brian Springer and the FFA Alumni report given by Todd Wibben.
Wibben received an honorary Chapter Farmer degree.
activities included a social time and dinner, recognition of
foundation sponsors and presentation of certificates of appreciation
to those who have helped the chapter in various ways. Chris Embry
Mohr and Heather Coert were in charge of the banquet, and Jennifer
Springer gave the welcome.
for the 2002-2003 year for the Olympia FFA include Lucas Deal,
president; Brian Springer and Jackie Heck, vice presidents; Megan
Mussleman, secretary-reporter; Dena Wibben, treasurer; and Brandon
for the alumni chapter include Tobb Wibben, chairperson; Jeff
Springer, vice president; David Deal, secretary; Jeff Schneider,
treasurer; Kyle Haning, reporter; and Melvin Springer, member at
22, 2002] With
some rain falling over the weekend, a much-needed rest is occurring
for some farmers. Others are frustrated, as they waited for warmer
soils and a calendar date closer to optimal planting time. Rainfall
amounts varied considerably depending on whether areas received the
Friday night rain or not. Friday night totals for areas Broadwell
and south were at least a half-inch, while Saturday night totals
were in the ballpark of an inch and a quarter.
planting progress has approached the 75 percent completed level, with many
producers done. Other producers havenít started yet due to other farming
operations and wet, cold soil conditions. While we did have a run-up in soil
temperatures, going from the upper 30s a few weeks ago to the lower 70s last
week, weíll have the soil temperatures rapidly fall due to colder air
temperatures and cloudy conditions. The soil temperature this morning was 46
degrees, and the office had 1.1 inches of rain.
that has been planted for over a week is now up and growing. Germination
appears to be quite good in early-planted fields. Most fields that have
emerged corn took less than a week for the corn to get out of the ground,
and some took as little as four days.
rain was very welcome for most farmers for two reasons. First, a little rest
was definitely needed. The rain gives an opportunity to do some maintenance
and repair work as well. Second, the soil conditions had become very dry in
the top layer, with the hot and windy conditions. In some worked ground, the
soil had actually dried out to a depth of 4 inches. And of course, corn canít
germinate in dry soil.
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subjects, winter wheat looks spotty this year. Sure we had good
stands and there have been very good growing conditions. But, a
viral disease called barley yellow dwarf has come into some wheat
fields with a vengeance. This disease can cause severe yield losses.
It is a virus that is transmitted by an insect, and no doubt it was
helped greatly by the milder winter weather we experienced.
left? The next break in the weather will see the corn planters
finish rolling. Then will come soybean planting. Typically farmers
will wait until the last week of April to begin planting soybeans,
as they are more affected by a late frost than corn is. The soybean
seed also wonít germinate as well in cooler soil, and much of our
soybean seed this year probably doesnít have the quality and vigor
it might have. This is due to the type of growing season we had last
Fulton, Logan County Unit,
University of Illinois Extension]
County 4-H Oral Communications
29, 2002] Logan
County 4-H recently had its annual contest in oral communications.
State fair delegates selected included Emily Bakken, Lincoln, with
an illustrated speech; Amanda Davison, Beason, illustrated speech;
Andrew Fulton, Lincoln, formal speech; Abrigail Sasse, Beason,
original works; Kim Turner, Atlanta, illustrated speech; and Katie
Turner, Atlanta, illustrated speech. Selected as a state fair
alternate was Allicent Pech, Lincoln, formal speech. All were Blue
Award winners. Abrigail Sasse was selected as the top oral
communicator and received a plaque sponsored by Lincoln IGA.
Blue Award winners were Colleen Pech, Daniel Parson, Elizabeth
Carter, Rebekah Crider, Shelby Kottemann, David Fulton and Daniel
Fulton, all of Lincoln, and Lucas Munson of Beason. Shelby Kottemann
was also chosen to receive a Top Rating Award.
for this yearís contests were Ed Jodlowski of Atlanta and Doug
DeMay of Lincoln.
communication is a life skill taught and practiced in 4-H. To find
out more about the program, contact the Logan County Extension office,
980 N. Postville Drive in Lincoln, phone 732-8289.
Huffer, Logan County Extension
service announcement from Curless Flying Service
15, 2002] For
decades farmers in central Illinois have taken advantage of the
benefits of agriculture aviation. However, the events of Sept. 11
have heightened the concerns of Americans, and we at Curless Flying
Service want to offer some facts that may calm your fears.
Flying Service is doing everything we can to maximize security.
Aerial application is highly regulated by the DOA, FAA and other
departments. Aerial applicators are well-trained professionals who
take very seriously their responsibility to protect the safety of
their neighbors, employees, the public and the environment. The ag
aviation industry has been recognized by government officials,
regulatory agencies and local law enforcement for the steps it has
taken to make sure spray planes do not represent a means for
terrorist attacks. Our industry is legal to fly.
remember that our yellow and blue agricultural aircraft will be
flying very low altitudes to do a very specific job. Normal
operation hours are from daylight to dusk. Application of ag
products is intentionally done at low rates, so observers might see
the same field treated more than once.
understand the fascination with watching these planes work but caution
is appreciated. We suggest that people stay away from the area being
treated to allow a safety net for both themselves and the pilot.
with questions regarding aerial agriculture is welcome to call our
office. Curless Flying would like to thank you in advance for your
patience and understanding as we work to enhance the productivity of
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beef organization formed
8, 2002] Beef
producers from the Logan, Mason and Tazewell County areas have
recently formed the Heartland Beef Alliance. The object of this
new group will be to share ideas on beef
production, highlight educational benefits of beef to the
consumer, tour beef production facilities, learn from guest
speakers and enjoy socializing among area producers. Any beef
producer, whether owner of one or many beef animals, is encouraged
more information contact the following officers: Jason Miller,
president, (309) 247-3231; Troy Gehrke, vice-president, (309)
244-7826; Betsy Pech, secretary, (217) 732-4384; or Rick McKown,
treasurer, (217) 648-2712.
next meeting will be June 3, 7:30 p.m., at the Greenhaven
Animal Clinic in San Jose.