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Crop Update: Shortfall of Corn in County

Many farmers are calling this year’s corn crop a disaster. For two good reasons – thousands of corn acres didn’t get planted due to relentless rainfall and the corn which was planted is less than ideal. “Farming is never easy, but this one was the worst in my 31 years of ...read more

Reduced Corn Crop Impacts Ag Retailers

Fewer corn acres will have a significant effect on the ag supply chain. Lindon Gord knows what to expect with a reduction in corn acreage in DeKalb County. “Less crop means less equipment use, less repairs, and less parts,” said the general manager and partner of DeKalb Implement. In DeKalb County about ...read more

Farmland Assessments Going Up Again

Understand assessment calculations and long-term impact on farm values. Like it or not, farmland owners will see increases in their property assessments for years to come. To more fully understand the upsurges, an informational meeting has been planned for landowners at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau. Farm Bureau is hosting a farmland ...read more

Landowners Meet for Underground Power Line

Know your options before signing a contract with a utility company. Local landowners are being encouraged to understand their property rights before entering into a new agreement with a company proposing an underground power line. DeKalb County Farm Bureau will host a landowners meeting for those who may be on the potential ...read more

Ag Economy Shows Continued Signs of Stress

Weather issues and trade tariffs are putting the ag economy at risk. “I can think of few times when things are as truly uncertain as they are today for Illinois farmers,” said Scott Irwin, University of Illinois ag economist. “They’re being buffeted on the demand side by news of big crops in ...read more

Planting Dilemma

By now farmers are usually scouting their growing crops. In early June, farmers were still struggling to get crops planted due to unrelenting rainfall. The number of acres of corn and soybeans not yet planted is unprecedented. Only about 15% of corn had been planted by June 1st in DeKalb County. ...read more

Corn Yields Succumb to Wet Spring, Tar Spot

Last year’s corn yield potential was limited in local fields. The 2018 growing season began with frequent May and June rains. While rainfall totals for May and June were 6.5” and 7” respectively, most of DeKalb County received rainfall on 11 days in May and 12 days in June. Many acres in ...read more

Leaders in DeKalb County Farm Bureau

Meet the 2019 Farm Bureau leadership team. The DeKalb County Farm Bureau Board of Directors recently elected officers of the Farm Bureau Executive Committee. Serving in Farm Bureau leadership are: President Mark Tuttle, Vice President Phil Montgomery, Secretary Roy Plote, and Treasurer Steve Drendel. Here’s a brief profile of the leadership team highlighting ...read more

Smart Farm Tech: Putting Field Data to Work

Step inside a tractor cab and you will see several different monitors. These GPS enabled monitors generate field data which help farmers with their management decisions. Rick Boesche remembers when he first got a yield monitor in the 1990s – an Ag Leader monitor – which generated field maps and yields. ...read more

Spring Fieldwork Delay Expected

While farmers certainly welcome warmer temperatures, the possible continuation of an active weather pattern could dash hopes of early spring fieldwork. “A very active weather pattern is setting up,” Eric Snodgrass said. Snodgrass is an atmospheric scientist with Nutrien Ag Solutions and co-founder of Agrible. “We could see a parade (of ...read more