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Uncle Joe’s BBQ

Uncle Joe’s BBQ

INA, Ill. — Barbecue season is upon us, and backyard chefs are firing up their grills. Many of the recipes will share a common ingredient: barbecue sauce.

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Baseball bat business breathes life into farm community

Baseball bat business breathes life into farm community

RIDGWAY, Ill. — This small southern Illinois community was for years called the Popcorn Capital of the World. Now it is known more for the pop of baseballs rocketing off the bats made here.

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Snapshot of 150 years

1867 — The Illinois General Assembly authorized the creation of Illinois Industrial University on Feb. 25. John Milton Gregory became the first president.

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Robert Easter

Robert Easter

An undated photo shows Robert Easter and colleague Al Jensen at the University of Illinois Moorman Swine Research Farm. Easter joined the animal science faculty in 1976 and eventually became president of the University of Illinois.

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Gary Letterly at a field day

Gary Letterly at a field day

University of Illinois Extension educator Gary Letterly presents at a field day at Dudley Smith Farm near Pana, Ill., in 2014.

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1917 Davenport Plots

1917 Davenport Plots

Eugene Davenport shucks wheat on the Davenport Plots, November 1917. 

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Todd Shively of Buckley and Bill Watts of Rankin

Todd Shively of Buckley and Bill Watts of Rankin

Todd Shively of Buckley and Bill Watts of Rankin look over Watts’ Iroquois County farm in advance of spring planting. The connection between the two eastern Illinois farmers has become stronger in the last couple years as they fight the common enemy of cancer.

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fall harvest

fall harvest

This photo was taken Aug. 25, 2016, the day Bill Watts had surgery in Texas. At home in Illinois, his friends gathered to plan help for his fall harvest. He was able to do his harvest, and is ready to do his own spring work this year. 

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Dinger Bats Ridgway

Dinger Bats Ridgway

Bats in an engraver await custom imprinting. Dinger Bats has a presence in the Major Leagues, where several high-profile players use the bats, made in the small Gallatin County community of Ridgway, Ill.

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Kyle Drone Dinger Bats

Kyle Drone Dinger Bats

Kyle Drone has found success with Dinger Bats, a company he started that now produces 24,000 wooden baseball bats a year. The business has grown an average of 20 percent a year over the past few years, thanks in part to rural economic development loans.

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NAFTA talks

NAFTA talks

Corn futures and other ag markets swung on Wednesday’s uncertainty over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Trump rules out swift NAFTA withdrawal in favor of renegotiation

Trump rules out swift NAFTA withdrawal in favor of renegotiation

President Donald Trump won’t immediately terminate U.S. participation in the North American Free Trade Agreement, the White House said, after he spoke with the leaders of Mexico and Canada about ways to renegotiate the accord.

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Weekend warmup allows for corn planting

Weekend warmup allows for corn planting

Crop Watch IA

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Experts describe ways to optimize post emergence herbicides

Experts describe ways to optimize post emergence herbicides

In every two-pass herbicide system, timely and effective post-emergence herbicide application can reduce weed resistance pressure and maximize yield in corn and soybeans.

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Celebrating Moms

Celebrating Moms

Illinois Farmer Today is asking readers to send in a digital photo (including selfies!) of moms and grandmas on the farm to feature in our May 13 Mother’s Day issue.

April 26, 2017 4:45 pm(0)
Spring manure

Spring manure

April 26, 2017 1:59 pm
waterhemp at approximately 4 inches

waterhemp at approximately 4 inches

Controlling weeds while they are small is essential to limiting yield loss and maintaining herbicide effectiveness. This photo shows waterhemp at approximately 4 inches. Treating weeds taller than this will be marginal or ineffective.

April 26, 2017 1:08 pm

Watch for palmer amaranth in your neighborhood this spring

Mike Owen, Iowa State Extension weed specialist, said farmers should be on the lookout for potential sources of palmer amaranth in their area.

April 26, 2017 1:09 pm
waterhemp at about 2 inches

waterhemp at about 2 inches

Controlling weeds while they are small is essential to limiting yield loss and maintaining herbicide effectiveness. This photo shows waterhemp at about 2 inches, when post emergence applications are ideal.

April 26, 2017 1:06 pm

Italian Style Meatballs

2 lbs. ground beef

April 26, 2017 10:58 am(0)

Uncle Joe’s Meatloaf (Mom’s Recipe)

1 lb. ground beef

April 26, 2017 10:56 am(0)
Joe Wilkerson

Joe Wilkerson

 “Uncle” Joe Wilkerson (right) and his nephew, also named Joe Wilkerson, pause for a moment in front of the restaurant’s chalkboard, filled with homespun words of wisdom about food and life.

April 26, 2017 10:50 am
Bottles of barbecue sauce

Bottles of barbecue sauce

Bottles of barbecue sauce are lined up on a shelf at Uncle Joe’s restaurant in Ina, Ill. Joe Wilkerson developed the sauce about 10 years ago. 

April 26, 2017 10:51 am