News

Expect Fewer Illinois Cornfields This Year

Expect Fewer Illinois Cornfields This Year

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

Falling corn prices and questions about ethanol demand could lead Illinois farmers to plant fewer acres of corn this year.

They’re instead taking a closer look at soybeans this year. That’s after several years of increasing corn production fueled by higher prices. Nationwide, analysts have called last year’s crop a record-breaker at more than 14 billion bushels. But excess corn has pushed prices back down from $8 a bushel in 2012 to a current price of about $4.

Also, the EPA has proposed reducing the amount of ethanol required to be blended into the nation’s fuel.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Springfield School Board Approves Budget

Fresh
7-7-15 Springfield School Board

They're hopeful the money comes through, but for now, the Springfield Public School budget isn't reflecting the extra money signed into law for K-12 schools by Governor Bruce Rauner.

in Local

Springfield City Council Again Delays Decision on Vacation Buyout Perk

Updated
municipalcenter

Budget director says the perk is unsustainable.

in Local

Amtrak Train to St. Louis Delayed Twice — Once Due to Freight Train Derailment

amtrak

A freight train derailment in Pontiac resulted in a 14-hour train ride for Amtrak passengers looking to go toward St. Louis.

in Local

LaHood Gets GOP Nod in 18th Congressional District Race, Mellon Wins Dem Primary

capitol

Illinois state Sen. Darin LaHood has won the Republican special primary in the race to replace disgraced ex-U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock.

in Local

Authorities Issue Alert for Missing Cass County Teen

7-7-15 Missing Teen

Authorities have issued an alert after an 18-year-old girl is believed to have left home with a 45-year-old man.