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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

The Need for Seed

Farmers are having their seed delivered in preparation for spring planting. There are so many seeds to choose from. So how do farmers decide which seeds to plant? There are a lot of factors for farmers to consider when selecting seed. The price of seed and the return on their investment are ...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

Sycamore’s “Country Mayor”

John Ward cares about his community – from his rural neighborhood to the city of Sycamore. Because he cares, he’s always giving back. “Anything you do you get back two-fold,” said John. “Everyone benefits if you work together.” The community-minded farmer prides himself in being a good farm neighbor and city friend. ...read more