GROWING YOUR ROOTS • Annual Meeting Set For Thursday

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Happy Monday and welcome back to your monthly opportunity to grow your roots in Farm Bureau and local agriculture.

July was the last time we had a chance to visit and a lot has changed in my life over the past few months. My husband and I welcomed a baby girl into the world at the end of August and we have been busy being first time parents. Everyone is doing great!

I would like to thank our office assistant, Lisa Heyen, for keeping things running smoothly at the office while I was away. She has been busy with our annual financial audit and processing membership dues renewals. We have also been prepping for our annual meeting that will take place at the Raymond Knights of Columbus Hall this Thursday. It feels good to be able to host an in person meeting again!

Montgomery County Farm Bureau voting delegates will head to Chicago the first weekend in December to attend the IAA (Illinois Agricultural Association) Annual Meeting. At this meeting, voting delegates from across the state will develop Illinois Farm Bureau policy based off of ideas and suggestions, known as “resolutions,” that were submitted by county Farm Bureau members. This grassroots process is the foundation of the organization. Members will be attending both in person and virtually this year.

Harvest is wrapping up in the county and for many farmers that I’ve talked to, it was a long one. An early September start was delayed several times by rain and wet field conditions but everyone seems to be getting close to the finish line now. Farmers Grain Elevator Manager Spencer Janssen is our member spotlight this month. Spencer said yields, and grain quality, were good this fall.

“Grain quality has been great overall.  For moisture we’ve had some wet and some dry in both commodities. No damage in corn to speak of and beans were very good.”

Spencer also mentioned that a lot of people have been noticing a little discoloration on some of the soybeans. From what they have seen, it is being caused by a gene in a certain variety of soybeans and it is no cause for concern. It affects the outer coating and appearance of the beans, but the inner coloring and quality of the seed is undamaged and there is no penalty for the trait.

Good yields mean good grain storage is needed, and fortunately for the Litchfield location, construction of a new bin was completed just in time to help with harvest.

“That (the new grain bin) added about a half million bushels of corn-only storage. We did have to put in a new pit and new grain leg since it is located across the street from all of our other receiving pits. We had to jump through a few hoops with the airport and the Federal Aviation Committee, so it took a very long time to complete the project. We also had to deal with missing parts and shipping delays, but we finally got it done and it’s full now and was much needed.”

Spencer guessed that if they would have waited to start the project until this year, the cost would have almost doubled due to increased prices for steel, concrete, labor, etc. They were happy to complete the new construction for multiple reasons. If you’re interested in hearing the full interview with Spencer, you can find the Montgomery County Farm Bureau Report online at wsmiradio.com/listen.

As our time together comes to a close for the month of November, I thought I’d leave you with some interesting facts about one of the important ingredients for many Thanksgiving dinners–pumpkin!

Did you know?

• Illinois farmers grow more pumpkins than anywhere else in the world. In fact, they grow 90-95 percent of the pumpkins used for processing.

• Morton is the Pumpkin capital of the world.

• Over 85 percent of the world’s canned pumpkin is processed in Morton at the Libby’s Plant.

Happy Thanksgiving from Montgomery County Farm Bureau!

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