Spring time is here at last. The days are starting to warm up and the sun is starting to shine. The days are getting longer, and people are starting to go outside to enjoy the weather. With that, farmers are getting ready for their planting season, which means that you might find yourself behind tractors and you need to keep an eye out when you are driving because farm equipment drives really slow.
Farming is a huge industry in this county. There are 160,125 soybeans acres, 100,774 acres of corn for grain, 17,951 acres of wheat for grain, 78 acres of vegetables and 92 acres of orchards in Fayette County. The total acres in Fayette County are 464,000 acres, and 5,696 acres are water. Sales in 2012 for crops were $83,836,000, and livestock sales were $13,530,000. Those numbers are just in Fayette County, Illinois. As you can see this is a huge industry for our community.
Again, beware of all farming equipment driving on the roads this season. These are the people who grow our food and help drive our local economy. Enjoy the beautiful weather and pay attention on the roads.
by Brock Oberlink
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