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John Pat Smaller

2017 Conservation Farm Family of the Year

The LaSalle County Soil and Water Conservation District recognized John and Pat Sondgeroth, of Mendota, as the 2017 Conservation Farm Family of the Year.  John is a fourth generation farmer.  In 2003, the farm where they reside was certified as a Centennial Farm with the State of Illinois. As the years went by in the…read more »

Brownfield Ag News

Storms, heat & humidity in the days ahead

The nation’s midsection will remain the focus for stormy weather through the weekend, with a potential for strong storms and localized flooding over the central and southern Plains. Three-day rainfall totals of 2 inches or more are possible from Nebraska to eastern Oklahoma, and heavy rain is forecast to move into drought-affected sections of northern…read more »

Fundamentals pressure lean hog futures

At the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, cattle futures ended the day mixed in tight trading ranges ahead of Friday’s Cold Storage and Cattle on Feed report.  The slow cash cattle trade didn’t help futures contracts find any direction.  Both the Cold Storage and Cattle on Feed reports were viewed as negative.  June live cattle closed $.37…read more »

Farmer says diversification is key on his farm

A central Indiana farmer is raising waxy corn to increase profitability on his farm. Danny Gill says it is also a way to mitigate risk when commodity prices are low. “Waxy (corn) has it’s positives as far as the seed being cheaper, and it’s not a GMO corn so you don’t have to have a…read more »

Food safety tips for pre-cut melons

A recent recall of pre-cut melon products has some people wondering if pre-packaged produce is safe to eat. Pre-cut watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and fruit medley products in 22 states have been linked to a salmonella outbreak. Amanda Deering with Purdue University says  there are steps that people can take to improve the safety of the…read more »