Farm News

Bustos On Trade Trip To Cuba

Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is getting a firsthand look at Illinois’ next possible trading partner. Bustos is one of two members of Congress on a trip to Cuba. She says the goal is to make inroads so Illinois companies can…

Cover Crops Being Promoted For Area Farmers

The Rock Island County Soil and Water Conservation District continues to promote cover crops for area producers.  Resource Conservationist Rich Stewart says more and more farmers are embracing the practice. The Rock Island County Soil and Water Conservation District hosting…

Harvest Underway In Western Illinois

Harvest is progressing nicely in Western Illinois. Mercer County producer Michael Zecher says a lot of work should get done in the next several days with dry and breezy conditions settling in. Zecher farms 2,700 acres south of Aledo.

Age Limits Expanded For State Fair Livestock Shows

Officials with the Illinois State Fair are announcing an expansion of age limits for participation in junior livestock shows. Previously, the shows were limited to kids between ages ten and 18, but now will include ages eight to 21. State…

Eleventh Annual AgXPerience

The Eleventh Annual AgXPerience will be held next week -September 16-18! Over 1100 QC metro elementary students, teachers and parent helpers experience the farm without leaving the city limits through the AgXPerience program at the Rock Island County Fair Grounds…

Kenny Cox Memorial Tractor Ride This Weekend

A Mercer County farmer being remembered this weekend. It’s the second year for the Kenny Cox Memorial Tractor Ride. Jeff Attig is helping organize the ride–which begins at 8 a.m. Saturday. Those participating in the ride are asked to contribute…

Keithsburg Area Farmland Auction Nets $4,350 Per Acre

A farmland auction late last week in Mercer County brings $4,350 per acre. The sale was Friday. The property included 49-acres –located two-miles east of Keithsburg, according to auctioneer Tom Kilcoin. Last Thursday, two tracts of farmland south of Viola…