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FARMWEEK PREVIEW

Be sure to check out next week’s edition of FarmWeek to read stories about the Illinois soybean harvest, which remains ahead of schedule due to dry conditions; the latest Illinois soil survey which shows farmers continue to care for their soils; and Illinois students who will celebrate Great Apple Crunch Day Thursday.

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COOL TEMPS DELAY ILLLINOIS #PLANT16

USDA crop report shows the statewide average soil temperature was 41 degrees – six degrees below normal. Precipitation averaged just over half-an-inch, also less than normal.

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HEAVY RAIN, FLOODS LEAVE ILLINOIS FARM FIELDS SATURATED

Nearly 60% of the state’s topsoil and 40% of subsoil had a surplus of moisture based on a survey of farmers across Illinois, the National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Tuesday. In central Illinois, 44% of topsoil and 25% of subsoil was saturated due to heavy rain and flooding in November and December that has left Illinois… read more

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FUNDING CRUNCH FOR SWCD

Abbie Sperry, a resource conservationist with the Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District, says helping maintain the state’s soil, and educating others on its importance, are key missions for soil and water conservation districts statewide. Their efforts could be washed away in the ongoing budget battle. “It takes 500 years to grow one inch… read more

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EWG RETURNS

Genetically engineered crops get undue credit for reducing soil losses on cropland, says the Environmental Working Group. In a three-page analysis, EWG says the credit really should go to so-called conservation compliance and the Conservation Reserve, both created by the 1985 farm law.  

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