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Conserv FS Declares Patronage Refunds

For the 10th consecutive year, the Conserv FS Board of Directors has declared near record levels of patronage refunds. Consistent with last year’s payout, patronage of $3 million will be paid out for 2018 fiscal year purchases. And again this year’s patronage payout will be paid as 70% cash and 30% ...read more

Trade Aid for Farmers

Farmers affected by trade retaliation can apply for financial assistance after harvest. USDA plans to pay farmers a total of $4.7 billion in initial assistance through the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), which will be administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Applications are now available for pork, dairy and wheat producers. Corn ...read more

Tuttle Serves on IFB Resolutions Committee

(From left) Mark Tuttle, DeKalb County Farm Bureau President, is a member of the Illinois Farm Bureau Resolutions Committee serving with Chairman and IFB Vice President Brian Duncan. The Resolutions Committee reviews policy submittals from county Farm Bureaus. Some of the new topics being discussed include: legalizing marijuana, government access ...read more

Farmland Values Trend Slightly Lower

Prices paid for Illinois farmland continue the “slightly lower” trend, according to the mid-year snapshot survey conducted by the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ISPFMRA). “In the first half of the year, the value of excellent-quality farmland is down two percent and average-quality land is down one ...read more

Crops on Pace for Early Harvest

Corn and soybean crops are ahead of schedule as they reach maturity. Farmers expect to start harvesting by the third week of September. Warm temperatures jump started crops in early spring and summer and subsequently benefitted corn and soybeans with above average growing degree days (GDD). The accelerated GDDs pushed the ...read more

Give a Gift of Grain

Donating a gift of grain can make a lasting difference. The value of the grain can be used to support charitable causes in your community. Give a Gift of Grain is a new initiative of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and the DeKalb County Community Foundation. The Foundations ...read more

Drones in Agriculture

Farmers are using unmanned aerial vehicles to assess plant health. Jamie Erlenbach and Chris Paulsen use their drones to check the health status of their corn and soybean fields. It’s one of their newer crop scouting technology tools which provides aerial images of their growing crops. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), better known ...read more

Nutrients Needed for Crops

Fertilizer applications put required nutrients back into the soil. Why do farmers use fertilizers on their farm fields? Soils matter for growing corn and soybeans. Farmers need healthy soils to produce healthy crops. In order to create healthy soils, farmers use a variety of fertilizers to build up nutrients in their soils. Fertilizers ...read more

Corn Yields Survive Wet Spring

Last year’s late planting still produced strong yields The 2017 planting season was significantly delayed with frequent April and May rains. While rainfall totals for April and May were 6” and 4” respectively, most of DeKalb County received rainfall on 14 days in April and 15 days in May. A significant ...read more

Young Farmer Outlook

Young farmers identify challenges but embrace technology. Young farmers are cautiously hopeful about the 2018 farm year. Low crop prices, being more efficient, and production issues are some of their biggest challenges. Most appealing to them is today’s farm technology, working with family, and the gratification of feeding the world. Here’s what some ...read more