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Periodicals: Time Valued Monday, April 22, 2019 Two sections Volume 47, No. 16 IFB members explore direct marketing ideas and more during a German ag dialogue tour. pages 3-4 IFB continues to monitor state motor fuel tax bills and oppose a vague property information bill. page 5 EU negotiators agree to talk trade with the U.S., but remove ag product issues from the table. page 8 e ag er v o C ance needs m our insur Y op policie cial and cr Commer ows wi t gr tha e t e her r e' . W may change quickly anc utual Insur Y M OUNTR es issued by C ou. ith y . ack to help you keep them on tr . This en ce Company, Bloomington, IL . inancial ovider. r ntity is an Equal Opportunity P YF OUNTRY C 0419-002HO arm /F com l. BY DANIEL GRANT FarmWeek Heavy rains late last week followed by another chance of showers early this week could close the door on April fieldwork opportunities at numerous locations around the state and Midwest. Many farmers expect it could take a week or more for fields to dry out, and the calendar shows just eight days left in the month. "We're just in one of these patterns where it (precipitation) is coming about every few days," Eric Schmidt, meteor- ologist with EJS Weather in Newton, told the RFD Radio Network . Farmers planted just 3 percent of the corn crop nationwide with only 1 percent in Illinois compared to the average of 5 percent as of April 14, USDA reported. Precipitation from March 18 through April 16 ranged from 4 to 6 inches in the southern two-thirds of the state, 2.5 to 4 inches in the north central region and 1.5 to 2.5 inches along the northern border, according to the Midwestern Regional Climate Center. "We haven't been able to put down any pre-plant anhydrous ammonia or plant any corn or beans yet," Devin DODGING PUDDLES Call state senators Oppose progressive income tax BY KAY SHIPMAN FarmWeek When the General Assembly returns in one week, state senators' largest deci- sion will be whether to put in place the ability to create a state progressive income tax. The progressive income tax comprises a major cornerstone in Gov. J.B. Pritzk- er's long-term plan to balance the state budget. Illinois Farm Bureau continues to oppose the creation of a progressive income tax. "With the expectation of our state senators taking the first step to put a pro- posed amendment to the Illinois Constitution to allow a progres- sive income tax on the ballot, we are calling on farmers across the state to call their state senators and let them know we oppose this," said IFB President Richard Guebert Jr. "We need our voic- es heard loud and clear that a progressive income tax is not the best way to tax hardworking Illinoisans. "IFB has had a long-held position that a flat rate income tax is the preferred method in Illinois," Guebert said. "Our members feel that taxpayers who have higher incomes already pay more based on the income they make." The president continued, "I am asking everyone to please call their state senators by dialing 888-200-3794 and entering in their zip codes. Each caller will be forwarded to his or her state senator's district office. We are simply asking you to encourage your state senator to vote, 'No,' on SJRCA 1 (Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment)." "SJRCA 1 will need 36 affirmative votes of the 59 senators to be approved by Clary, of Clary Farms in Washington County, said last week. "The equipment is in the shed, hooked up and ready to go." Farmers might finally see more opportunities for fieldwork in the weeks ahead. "With the pattern change we've seen in the Pacific, it means in the middle U.S. the chance of having these deep, large, multiday (storm) events is decreasing with time," said Eric Snod- grass, a senior atmospheric scientist and former director of undergraduate studies in atmospheric sciences at the University of Illinois. Snodgrass also predicts warmer tem- peratures in coming days following the latest front. A cow grazes around wet spots in a Morgan County pasture. Surplus moisture conditions exist on 56 percent of Illinois topsoil and 49 percent of subsoil, according to the National Ag Statistics Service. (Photo by Catrina Rawson) See Tax , page 2 Richard Guebert Jr. Early fieldwork hopes wash away; better field conditions anticipated See Fieldwork , page 9

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