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Combine Conversations

It’s not every day that you get to ride in a combine and talk to a farmer. But these people did. Some were local and others came from the Chicago suburbs for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Riding in a combine to watch field corn being harvested was the highlight of their day. Nearly ...read more

Farmers & Educators Gather for Harvest Dinner

Bright lights, the sound of conversation, and the aroma of delicious foods filled the autumn air. Local farmers and educators gathered under a picturesque barn to share conversation and dinner during the DeKalb County Harvest Dinner. The event focused on developing relationships among farmers and educators and opening lines of communication ...read more

Preserving Corn Pickers

Most know Bob Johnson as Corn Picker Bob. He comes by that nickname naturally having an extensive collection of vintage corn pickers and a book. Bob has been collecting corn pickers for nearly three decades. His interest in the antiquated farm machines started at an auction where he spotted a John ...read more

Fall Farm Produce

You'll find fresh, delicious apples, and all sizes and varieties of pumpkins, along with other produce and fall ornamentals at local farm stands and orchards this fall. Here is a list of Farm Bureau members who are included in the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Farm Products Directory. Honey Hill Orchard Kathy Bock ...read more

Pumpkin Patch Pickings

It’s prime time for pumpkins at the Krueger Farm. Each pumpkin has been hand-picked with love and enthusiasm by the Krueger kids from their patch located on Grandpa’s farm northeast of Genoa. Cole and Caleb, the youngest siblings, enjoy picking and washing pumpkins. John likes figuring out what people want. Sydney prefers ...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

Horse Lover, Teacher, Farm Woman

Horse Lover Carri Flewellyn resembles the likes of a horse whisperer. Her quiet disposition and gentle mannerisms appeal to her team of horses. Yet Carri knows that raising horses is more about listening than whispering. Her love for horses started in junior high. “As a farm kid I would sit and look ...read more

100 Years of Running Deeres

Marketing matters to this farm girl Growing up, John Deere was a company that Kelsey Faivre was familiar with just like every farm kid that likes green tractors. But she left her ties to the green machines when she went to college. She found public relations and marketing appealed to her as ...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

The Windmill Man

Farmer Frank Engel has restored and installed 90 windmills. He’s hoping to get to 100. His nostalgic interest in windmills reminds him of his younger years. It was a time when steel windmills were “working” windmills and pumped water on their family farm in rural Hampshire. “It was an important time in ...read more