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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...

March 9, 2020

Change is coming fast as technology continues to impact our lives.

This message was relayed to farmers last week by Steve Maulberger, vice president of Crop Risk Services Inc. He spoke about the future of agriculture during the annual All Day Ag Outlook Meeting hosted b...

March 2, 2020

There are many factors currently impacting the markets like world health fears over the coronavirus, trade issues with China and uncertainty over spring weather.

Get your marketing questions answered and find out where corn and soybean prices may go in 2020 by attending...

February 24, 2020

With the end of February upon us, planting season will be here in no time.

This sounds crazy but it’s true. In a matter of weeks, we will be out there putting this year’s corn and soybean crops in the ground. Before heading out to the field, you may be contacted by the...

February 17, 2020

I feel like a sponge as I continue to soak in various information from my winter ag meeting tour.

A recent visit to the Jenner Precision winter meeting allowed me to hear Ken Ferree speak. Ferree owns Crop-Tech Consulting in Heyworth, a soil testing firm that creates yi...

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