Kilgus: Stage set for good crops


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FAIRBURY – Livingston County farmer Matt Kilgus is completing his side-dressing of corn as crops are growing at a rapid pace.


Kilgus has also started the post spray applications on corn and plans to start row cultivating some of his earlier planted soybeans soon.


“It’s just that time of year where everything hits and you’ve got multiple things going at once,” Kilgus told The Central Illinois Farm Network.


Since he raises all non-GMO beans in 30 inch rows, Kilgus was looking for an alternative option in addition to chemicals for fighting weeds. Overall, Kilgus is impressed with what he sees out in the fields.


“I don’t remember too many years where there have been stands like this when you feel like every kernel grew and you don’t see any spots that you think you should have gone out there and dropped the planter in (to replant).”


If the weather cooperates this season, it looks like the stage is set for good yield potential come harvest time.


Breakfast on the Farm is Saturday:


After having to take last year off due to COVID, the annual Livingston County Farm Bureau Young Leaders Breakfast on the Farm returns to Kilgus Farmstead this Saturday, June 12.


“This is something we’ve done for several years,” explains Kilgus. “It is an opportunity for folks to get out to the farm, have breakfast and get a chance to walk around.”


Saturday’s breakfast only costs a dollar which represents the share which goes back to the farmer. The goal is to bring awareness to what farmers do for everyone. Serving takes place from 7 to 10 a.m. and the menu consists of sausage gravy and biscuits, eggs, milk, orange juice and coffee.


Free farm tours will be offered along with kid activities, the chance to meet a farmer and more. Current Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines will be observed.


“We had a lot of people ask this year if the event is going to come back and fortunately, where things are at now, we’ve been able to do that safely,” added Kilgus.


For those not feeling comfortable eating outdoors with others, there is a carryout breakfast option.


Kilgus Farmstead is located just a mile south of Fairbury on First Street (turn south at the U.S. Highway 24 stop light). The physical address is 21471 East 670 North Road.

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