Category: Farm News

Planters Ready To Roll In Mercer County

Michael Zecher

Planters should be rolling within the next few weeks in Mercer County. The ground needs to dry out and warm up says Michael Zecher. Zecher farms 2,700 acres south of Aledo.

Local Illinois Corn Marketing Board Seat Up For Election

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Farmers who would like to run for a three-year term on the Illinois Corn Marketing Board to represent producers in Henderson, Henry, Knox, Mercer, Rock Island and Warren counties can now start circulating nominating petitions. Completed petitions are due May…

Gathering Of The Green Conference This Week

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John Deere tractor enthusiasts flock to the Quad Cities this week for the “Gathering of the Green” conference.  Ken Reese of McHenry helps organize the event. The conference runs today through Saturday at the River Center in Davenport (Iowa).

Bustos Traveling With President Obama On Cuba Trade Mission


Western Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos will be traveling to Cuba this weekend with President Obama.  Obama will be only the second sitting U.S. President to visit Cuba after Calvin Coolidge’s trip in 1928.  Bustos was part of a trade mission…

Illinois City Couple Directs $2,500 To RI County Farm Bureau Foundation

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The Rock Island County Farm Bureau Foundation has received a $2,500 donation from America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund and directed by local farmers Doug and Diane Hessman of Illinois City. The donation will help fund scholarships and…

New Owner For Boney’s Farm Store

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There’s a new owner for Boney’s Farm Store in Aledo. The business is now called Huffman’s Farm & Home and is owned by Bob Huffman of Fort Madison, Iowa.  He spoke with WRMJ News Director Jim Taylor this morning.  

Rockridge FFA And Reason’s Meats Team Up For Meat Judging Contest


Six schools and 38 students participate in the Section 4 FFA Meat Judging Contest. The event was held at Reason’s Meats in Buffalo Prairie says Nathan Gorham with the Rockridge FFA Chapter. Mercer County was among the teams participating.  Their…

Field Work, School Work & Sports: Meet The #Cornstars

Brothers Owen & Alex Landwehr, part of Annawan's #Cornstars crew

Annawan High School has built a proud tradition with academics and athletics. They now have a new tradition, one being highlighted through social media.  It’s called #Cornstars. The group–made up mostly of student-athletes, participates in “roguing” during the summer months–removing…

Aledo’s Longley Representing Illinois Soybean Farmers At Commodity Classic


A Mercer County farmer representing Illinois soybean producers at this week’s Commodity Classic in New Orleans.  John Longley of Aledo serves on the Illinois Soybean Board. The Commodity Classic runs through Saturday. Longley is a former Mercer County Farm Bureau…