Category: Farm News

Slumping Sales For Deere

JOHN-DEERE

Deere & Company says the slump in farming and construction are to blame for their profit drops. The company on last week released an earnings statement. Deere is claiming a 28-percent slump in profits from this time last year. Deere chairman…

Agricultural Land Assessment Changes Impacting Local Farmers

michael zecher

Farmers being impacted by a change in the way agricultural land is assessed.  Mercer County Farm Bureau president Michael Zecher says the issue involves soil productivity….. Zecher spoke on the subject at this week’s Mercer County Board meeting.  He says…

Mercer County Grad Hawk Lands Top IAA Foundation Scholarship

rachel hawk

A Mercer County High School grad lands a top scholarship from the IAA Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the Illinois Farm Bureau. The $7,500 award goes to Rachel Hawk.  She is the winner of the foundation’s Legacy of…

WRMJ Interview: Thomas Having A Winning Time With Mercer County FFA

Cole Thomas

WRMJ News Director Jim Taylor spoke with Mercer County FFA member Cole Thomas this morning. The senior is on the chapter’s Livestock Judging and Agriculture Mechanics teams that won Section 4 FFA contests earlier this month. The Ag Mech team…

Illinois Conservation Story Map Highlights Mercer County Effort

Mercer County landowner Alan Snyder

The words Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy continue to draw more and more attention from farmers and rural landowners.  And the Illinois Conservation Story Map highlights some of the efforts throughout the state—including Alan Snyder in Mercer County.  His constructed wetlands…

Rockridge’s Whisman Wins Top State FFA Award

Whisman

Cole Whisman was selected as the State FFA Proficiency Winner in Equine Science Placement.  Cole is a member of the Rockridge FFA Chapter.  Illinois FFA recognizes students in fifty-two different areas based on their work-based learning, also known as Supervised…

Mercer County Producer Embracing Cover Crops

Viola producer Chad Bell.
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A Mercer County producer continues to utilize cover crop practices.  Chad Bell of Viola uses cereal rye as a cover crop on his family’s corn and soybean no-till fields.  He started with 55-acres in 2012 and has since expanded to…

Mercer County FFA Wins Section 4 Livestock Judging Contest

Varsity Livestock Team 2016

Mercer County FFA wins the Section 4 FFA Livestock Judging Contest. The competition was held at the Henderson County Fairgrounds in Stronghurst on Tuesday- April 12th.   The Mercer County FFA Varsity team placed first and the Mercer County FFA…