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Structure Fire at 5400 Block of East 4th

By the Hutchinson Fire Department HUTCHINSON, Kan. (April 22, 2024) — At approximately 1657 hours (4:57 p.m.) the Hutchinson Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire in the 5400 block of East 4th. While enroute, crews were able... Read More.

When is it time to plant?

The mild late winter has many Illinois farmers anxious for planting season. Pioneer agronomist Matt Montgomery says there are benefits to planting corn and soybeans early, if soil conditions are suitable… “I want fairly decent tilth.”  He says, “I don’t want to feel like I... Read More.

Time is now to call lawmakers to action

Commentary. Many state commodity organizations and other agricultural membership groups are heading to Washington, D.C. in coming weeks to meet with the lawmakers that represent them there. The importance of these visits and of a united voice for agriculture reaching U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators... Read More.

Former national FFA officer reflects on time in office

The most recent National FFA officer from Illinois is reflecting on her time in the blue and gold during this National FFA Week. Gracie Murphy, of Macomb, retired from her role as regional vice president at the National FFA Convention in November.  She tells... Read More.

Spring is a good time for SCN testing

Farmers conducting soil testing this spring are also encouraged to sample for Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN). Nathan Schroeder (SHROH-der), nematologist at the University of Illinois, says SCN is the leading cause of soybean yield loss.. “A lot of times, farmers don’t know that they have... Read More.