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Food Shortages During Pandemic? NOT!

Rest assured, our nation has an adequate supply of food. Farmers are among the essential critical workers during the COVID-19 pandemic who will continue to grow safe and nutritious foods for families. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides the following information about food during the pandemic. There are no food ...read more

What is That? Tires vs. Tracks

Tractors are the power horses that get farm jobs done, for example tractors are currently being used to pull planters across fields to plant corn and soybeans. Today, most tractors have wheels but some are equipped with tracks. Tracks and tires perform differently depending on field conditions and load scenarios. Last ...read more

Ag by the Numbers – Soy Many Colors

Soybeans can be made into many things including animal feed, vegetable oil, plastic, biodiesel, and… CRAYONS. One acre of soybeans can produce 82,368 crayons. DeKalb County grows 118,000 acres of soybeans. That could make 9.7 billion crayons.That’s a lot of coloring! Source: Illinois Farm Bureau

What is That? Parts of a Grain Bin

As you drive by farms you may see a cluster of grain bins. These large, round silver-gray steel structures are used to store grain, like corn and soybeans. As you glance at the grain bins you will notice several other things. A grain dryer is used to dry down ...read more

Ag by the Numbers – Grain Danger

The dangers of grain are often overlooked. With last year’s poor grain quality farmers are entering grain bins more frequently, leading to an increase in grain entrapments. Since August 2019, 2 fatalities have occurred in Illinois and 19 nationwide.  Timeline to Engulfment 2 - 3 seconds – react to auger starting 4 - 5 seconds – ...read more

Dave Altepeter: Stay Out of Grain Bins

“The crop that’s in the bin is a perfect setup for accidents,” says Dave Altepeter. “Last year’s crop was not mature and there were fines in the corn. Because of the fines, there’s a chance the grain can go out of condition,” he said. Dave Altepeter has nearly 40 years of experience ...read more

Grain Lacks Quality, Farmers Haul Grain

Last year’s crop continues to plaque farmers with grain storage problems at area farms. Farmers put grain in their storage bins last fall dealing with higher than normal moisture levels, partly because of the late maturing crop and lack of in-field drying. Vickie Hernan-Faivre monitors the grain being stored at JP Faivre ...read more

Ag by the Numbers – Farm Bureau Leadership

In the early 1900s, an innovative group of farmers, bankers, and newspapermen saw the need to form an agricultural organization. These resourceful pioneers became known as the organization’s founders of Farm Bureau. This was the beginning of more than 100 years of successful leadership. The DeKalb County Farm Bureau was the ...read more

What is that? Round Bales

It’s hard to drive through the countryside and not notice when there are large, round bales scattered among fields and farms, but what are they? Round bales are typically crops such as alfalfa, grasses, wheat, oats and corn. These crops are compressed to make handling, transport, and storage more convenient. A ...read more

What is that? Red Barns

Why are so many barns painted red? Ever wonder why barns are painted red in color? Red is (or, perhaps, was) a popular color for older barns due not to its color shade but for its usefulness. Many years ago, choices for paints, sealers and other building materials did not exist. Farmers ...read more