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May 25, 2020

Planting may be winding down throughout farm country, but there is plenty of fieldwork left in 2020. That’s why it is important to follow farm safety guidelines so we all get through this together.

Years ago, the Illinois Farm Bureau’s “Quality of Life” action team rele...

May 18, 2020

Hauling seed around during the crazy spring planting season may not be my favorite thing to do, but it reminded me to pause and enjoy our rural surroundings the other day.

As I was transporting corn between Gridley and Chenoa, I had to roll down the window and take in t...

May 11, 2020

Let me tell you about a place that brings back plenty of memories. This place is located among the area farm fields and not far from the highway.

Our family pond has always been a fun spot to visit during the spring and summer months. I took Rebecca and the kids there o...

May 4, 2020

There is a silver lining to all of this staying home and “sheltering in place.”

Up until mid-March, our family was always on the go. It seems we had something on most nights after school and many weekends. Games, school activities and church typically filled our calenda...

April 27, 2020

Spring planting is in full swing around Central Illinois.

Last week was our first big weather window for fieldwork as there were tractors, planters, field cultivators and sprayers everywhere. In fact, it was hard to spot a field without dust flying in the air. The wheel...

April 20, 2020

We officially mark 50 years of Earth Day this week and no one takes better care of the land than America’s farmers.

Earth Day resulted years ago from a unified response to polluted rivers, smog and oil spills. Around 20 million Americans protested these issues on April...

April 13, 2020

Nothing feels better than getting out in the fresh country air to level some dirt.

Our spring 2020 fieldwork officially started last week and it was great to climb in that tractor cab and escape the world’s troubles – even if it was only for a few hours at a time. The w...

April 6, 2020

The calendar has flipped to April and many growers are closely watching the weather to see when they can put seed in the ground. For some, this means soybean planting.

Achieving higher soybean yields often takes an entire system approach, according to Greg Ury of BASF....

March 30, 2020

I want to personally thank our acting director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Jerry Costello, for chatting with me a few moments last week about the status of ag in the state.

During these interesting times of COVID-19, Costello doesn’t feel the outbreak wil...

March 23, 2020

As I look out from our front porch and across the vast countryside, I am reminded of a simpler time.

Not a simpler time as in years ago but just days ago before our everyday lives were impacted. We have all had plenty of time to reflect on the situation as we are at hom...

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