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In some parts of the Midwest, spring activity has begun while preparations are still being made in other parts.
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The deadline for the passage of bills in their chamber of origin slipped by somewhat quietly this week.
 
04.17.14  
Feds order railroads to report on fertilizer deliveries 9:30 AM
The first report is due out Friday, April 25.
04.17.14  
Dry conditions almost eliminated across Illinois 9:00 AM
Only a few counties in northwest Illinois and just north of the St. Louis metro region are reporting abnormally dry conditions this week.
04.17.14  
Wheat conditions remain good; crop tour to be held May 28 4:00 AM
Unseasonably cold temperatures and isolated snow showers the first half of this week had little to no impact on winter wheat in Illinois. We have comments from Madison County farmer Kyle Brase.
04.17.14  
Australian study: Honeybee problems linked to pest and diseases 1:00 AM
A host of factors from mites and diseases to nutrition and lack of genetic diversity likely cause honeybee health problems more than the use of neonicotinoids, according to a new Australian government study.
04.17.14  
Good Friday trading schedule 1:00 AM
Grain and livestock futures will close at regular times on Thursday. They will remain closed Friday in observance of Good Friday.
04.17.14  
RFD Radio visits with Illinois Beef Association 1:00 AM
RFD Radio's Rita Frazer stopped by the Illinois Beef Association this week to discuss matters with IBA Executive VP Reid Blossom.
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04.17.14
Dry conditions almost eliminated across Illinois 9:00 AM
Only a few counties in northwest Illinois and just north of the St. Louis metro region are reporting abnormally dry conditions this week.
04.16.14
Latest 6-10 day outlook warmer, wetter for Illinois
The latest 6-10 day forecast calls for above-normal temperatures and rainfall for Illinois and much of the Corn Belt.
04.15.14
Freezing temperatures hit wheat crop; damage unknown
It may take days before damage to winter wheat may appear; Illinois' crop appears to have avoided any problems.
04.14.14
Weekend storms bring heavy rains to portions of northern and southern IL
Extreme northern and southern Illinois saw heavy rains Sunday, but the remainder of the state saw moderate rainfall totals between one-third inch up to a full inch.
04.11.14
Good weekend ahead, but rain for early next week
Check out our Cropwatcher reports on local conditions around Illinois.
04.10.14
Ag use of irrigation expanding in Illinois
Beginning in 2015, the Illinois State Water Survey wants to survey farmers on the extent of their irrigation needs.
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04.17.14
Wheat conditions remain good; crop tour to be held May 28 4:00 AM
Unseasonably cold temperatures and isolated snow showers the first half of this week had little to no impact on winter wheat in Illinois. We have comments from Madison County farmer Kyle Brase.
04.16.14
Fertilizer costs lower for 2014 season
2014 fertilizer prices have stabilized this spring below the three-year average price.
04.14.14
USDA: Corn planting at 3% complete
Three percent of the nation's corn crop is currently planted.
04.14.14
Still time to register for farm bill webinar
The third and final farm bill webinar on dairy and livestock disaster provisions will be held Thursday evening at 8 p.m.
04.14.14
Bill would pre-empt state labeling laws
State and local governments would be prohibited from passing their own mandatory labeling laws for products made with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) under a bipartisan bill introduced last week in the U.S. House of Representatives.
04.14.14
USDA: Meat supplies will remain tight
Meat supplies continue to shrink and prices likely will remain high this summer.
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04.17.14
Feds order railroads to report on fertilizer deliveries 9:30 AM
The first report is due out Friday, April 25.
04.17.14
Wheat conditions remain good; crop tour to be held May 28 4:00 AM
Unseasonably cold temperatures and isolated snow showers the first half of this week had little to no impact on winter wheat in Illinois. We have comments from Madison County farmer Kyle Brase.
04.17.14
Australian study: Honeybee problems linked to pest and diseases 1:00 AM
A host of factors from mites and diseases to nutrition and lack of genetic diversity likely cause honeybee health problems more than the use of neonicotinoids, according to a new Australian government study.
04.17.14
Good Friday trading schedule 1:00 AM
Grain and livestock futures will close at regular times on Thursday. They will remain closed Friday in observance of Good Friday.
04.16.14
FarmWeek for April 14
Here is your April 14 edition of FarmWeek via Issuu.com.
04.16.14
Critical need for agriculture teachers in Illinois
Illinois faces a critical need for agriculture education graduates to instruct the state's next generation of agronomists, animal scientists, agribusinessmen, farmers and ag teachers.
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04.15.14
Farm Bureau argues for tax break "permanency"
AFBF is taking the U.S House's top tax writer up on his openness to extending some tax breaks permanently. We have an audio report from Matt Kaye.
04.14.14
Still time to register for farm bill webinar
The third and final farm bill webinar on dairy and livestock disaster provisions will be held Thursday evening at 8 p.m.
04.14.14
RFA: Rail system in 'sheer chaos'
Recent increases in ethanol prices can be blamed on "sheer chaos on our nation's rail system," according to the head of the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).
04.14.14
Statehouse report with Steve Bridge
Farm broadcaster Steve Bridge from RFD Radio affiliate WFMB in Springfield looks at the top issues in Springfield this week.
04.13.14
Western Illinois Farm Families plans activities
Three western Illinois farmers will explain food production to 11 Quincy-area women participating in the Western Illinois Farm Families program.
04.11.14
Some bills' fates certain before legislative break
State lawmakers determined the outcome of some issues, while others stayed in limbo after the General Assembly this week recessed for a two-week break. Senators and representatives are scheduled to return on April 29.
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