The wide rivers and the opportunity for a fresh start brought the first settlers to the bit of Illinois prairie known as Pike County, but what made them stay and put down roots was the land.
It's decision time for farmers on whether or not to plant a corn crop this year, with the same choice looming soon for soybeans.
Weeds often emerge at the same time as vulnerable crop seedlings and sneak between plants as crops grow, so how do farmers kill them without harming the crops?
Illinois farmers recorded a pretty good year in 2018 with federal market facilitation payments for soybeans boosting the bottom line. But 2019, and the coming two years, look to be tougher for farmers without additional federal programs for help.
With celiac, the body's immune system reacts to gluten -- the protein that gives breads, pasta and cereal their chewy, crunchy texture -- causing nausea, cramps, malnutrition and other health problems.