WALTONVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A southern Illinois farmer and rancher says his 300 acres of corn are a bust and he's eager to hear the governor's plan for dealing with drought.
Gov. Pat Quinn is set to visit 71-year-old James Laird's farm near Waltonville today ( Monday 7/16).
Laird says he'll likely mow down all his corn, chop it up and feed it to his cattle. Almost a third of the nation's corn crop has been damaged by heat and drought.
Laird hopes his 300 acres of soybeans pull through.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week announced a streamline approach to getting drought-affected farmers and ranchers federal help that could include emergency loans with lower interest rates.
PENFIELD — Minneapolis-Moline and BF Avery farm equipment will reign at this year's Historic Farm Days, which runs through this weekend in Penfield. And don't be surprised to see a Doodlebug or two.
The annual Historic Farm Days will be held Thursday through Sunday on the grounds of the I & I Antique Tractor and Gas Engine Club. While there will be a few events Thursday, the show gets rolling Friday.
"We have a new building that has been erected that will host the feature brand equipment," I&I President John Fredrickson said.
A dedication ceremony for the new building is set for Saturday prior to the parade.