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DeKalb County Ag by the Numbers – Farmers Work in Acres, Not Hours

Fall harvest is complete after farmers worked endless hours to produce our food. They gave up meals with their families so we can have meals with ours! Every year a single farmer produces enough food to feed 158 people. This holiday season, spend a moment thanking one of the 900 farmers ...read more

Fertilizing Farm Fields in the Fall

After harvest, farmers apply fall fertilizer to improve soil health for next year’s crop. Before farmers can apply fertilizer they must determine what nutrients are needed. Soil samples are taken to measure phosphorus (P), potassium (K) and pH levels. Balanced soil pH is necessary for obtaining the most from soil fertility. Today, ...read more

Farm & Food Talk

Why are some animals raised indoors and others outdoors? Raising animals indoors or outdoors is a choice that farmers and ranchers make based on what is best for them and their animals. Some farmers choose indoor housing to protect animals from weather, disease and predators. An indoor environment can also ensure that ...read more

What is That? – Combine

A combine is used to harvest corn, soybeans, and other grains. The combine earned its name because it “combines” many functions that happen at the same time. As it moves across a field, a combine cuts each plant, removes the grains, and gathers them into the combine’s grain tank. Unneeded material ...read more

What is That? – Grain Legs

When you visit a tall building, you might use the elevator. You get on at the ground floor, the elevator car lifts you to the correct floor, and you get off. Grain legs are elevators used to lift grain up and into grain bins. When harvested grain is brought to the ...read more

Farm & Food Talk

Are most farms today factory or corporate farms? Today, the vast majority of farms are still family owned. In Illinois, 97 percent are owned by individuals, family partnerships or family corporations. For these family farms, being stewards of the land and caretakers of their animals truly runs in their blood. Do animals ...read more

DeKalb County Ag by the Numbers – What’s in a Pod?

On average, there are 3 beans in a soybean pod. The development of those beans in the pod is happening right now in soybean fields across DeKalb County. It’s called, pod fill, which means the soybean is growing and filling the pod space. This happens during the month of August, after ...read more

Pondering Pollinators

In the mid 1800’s, Illinois was discovered as an incredible landscape for those who wished to settle in an ocean of tall grass prairie and rich soils. A prairie full of native grasses and flowers for hundreds of miles. Our plant communities have since changed, as people inhabited this great nation. ...read more

What’s that Thing?

SQUEEZE CHUTE How do you safely handle a nervous and untrained 1,000 lb. steer? One way to do it is with a squeeze chute. A squeeze chute is a stall or enclosure designed to safely capture and hold large animals such as cattle or horses. Squeeze chutes are usually built of ...read more