Family farms frequently face the decision of who will be next to run the operation, and if there are no immediate candidates in the family, who should be entrusted to be the next operator? Stu Ellis found a family farming operation between Newman and Brocton that had an easy answer.
Agricultural technology is exploding as it never has before, thanks to a pair of companies in Central Illinois. Precision Planting and Yield 360—both between Lincoln and Peoria—opened their doors to thousands of farmers last week wanting to see the latest technology to improve their efficiency and profitability. Stu Ellis was on hand to learn about it also.
This is the farmland auction season. But only about 1% of farmland turns over in a given year, in a true arm's length transaction. Stu Ellis takes a look at that psychological decision on whether or not to buy the farm.
One of the more divisive issues in agriculture the past several years has been the use of dicamba herbicide, which has solved weed issues for some farmers, but hurt others whose soybeans were injured by the volatile chemical. Stu Ellis updates us on the potential for a public nightmare over dicamba….
Yesterday we told you about the impact of the government shutdown on farmers and one of those problems was resolved a few hours later. Stu Ellis has our update on the Market Facilitation Program payments.