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August 10, 2020

As I write this, the old Dean Martin song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” comes to mind.

Alright, maybe it’s not cold but it was nice and cool during several mornings last week. My thermometer even dipped to 49 degrees early one day. It was refreshing to open up the house, no...

August 3, 2020

First it was mystery meat in the school cafeteria back in the day and now there are apparently mystery seeds appearing on the doorsteps of farmers and others in this state.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture issued the following statement last Tuesday regarding the...

July 27, 2020

What was supposed to be a most unusual summer is turning more normal by the day.

We honestly didn’t know what to think when all of the county fairs were cancelled along with countless other events. What were we going to do? How were the kids going to react? Would we be...

July 20, 2020

The taste of sweetcorn, sounds of locusts, smell of fresh rain and the sight of lightning bugs always take me back.

As I bit into the first ear of corn for the season the other day, I suddenly felt that happy summer feeling which is hard to explain. Mid to late summer i...

July 13, 2020

Farmers continue their efforts to reduce nutrient runoff and keep those nutrients for the crops.

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has released results from the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. The findings indicate many producers are using some...

July 6, 2020

Christmas may have come early for farmers. I guess it fits in nicely with the whole Christmas in July thing.

USDA actually gave us a positive surprise for once in its most recent June 30 report. Planted corn acreage in the U.S. was down significantly from pre-report est...

June 29, 2020

A sign spotted along a county highway the other day pretty much sums up 2020.

The sign simply read “rough road.” Better yet, I saw another sign which indicated a bump was ahead. If you want to talk about bumps in the road, just look at this year. The ag industry already...

June 22, 2020

While many fairs and festivals have cancelled for 2020, it appears one longstanding ag tradition will continue.

We heard the news last week that the Farm Progress Show is still planning for business as usual when it returns to Boone, Iowa September 1-3. In a time when a...

June 15, 2020

There is nothing better than that feeling of having all of the crops in the ground.

Alright, maybe high yields with high prices have a feeling that’s hard to beat but getting through another planting season isn’t so bad either. While this season was not quite as bad as...

June 8, 2020

Everyone has that nice little place they like to escape to. Maybe it’s a peaceful spot near the lake or a tropical island.

For me, it’s one of our northern farms. This place is always fun to plant and harvest mainly because of the curves and hills. It is also a quiet lo...

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