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What happens to all the corn/soybeans you harvest?

Answer: Most of the crops grown locally are used for animal feed. This time of year the combines are rolling and the crops are being harvested. But what do we do with our crops after we harvest them? The answer can be a complicated one depending on what exactly we are ...read more

Why do livestock farms spread manure on wheat fields?

Answer: We grow winter wheat and harvest it in July so we have the summer months to apply hog manure on the wheat ground. We empty our manure pits and the manure provides fertility to our soils. Northern Illinois agriculture is largely dominated by corn and soybeans – green fields everywhere ...read more

Why do farmers spray chemicals on crops?

Answer: Pesticides are safe and effective in controlling weeds/pests and we use the least amount possibleto get the job done. As a farmer there are a few topics that we receive push back on from time to time. Usually it is not a criticism that we face firsthand but rather a ...read more

What technology is used during planting to help farmers manage crop data?

Answer: In my role, I help farmers with a digital farming platform which collects field data during planting and helps with agronomic decisions ultimately aiming to improve crop yields. It is officially spring! Our goats and chickens are wandering out of the barn to enjoy the sunshine and warming temperatures; we ...read more

With Fewer Livestock Farms Today, Why Do You Raise Livestock?

Answer: You have to be passionate about raising livestock to be in this industry. In response to this question we asked ourselves what else would we do? But seriously, as we think about livestock production our response is this: you have to truly love what you do because livestock farming is ...read more

What happens on your farm on Christmas morning?

Answer: Chores happen! Our animals come first and must be tended to before we can enjoy family time and traditions. Hooray, it’s Christmas morning! We can’t wait to sit in our cozy house, drinking hot cocoa around the Christmas tree, while watching the kids open their presents, but first... CHORES! We’ve got ...read more

What do farmers do once crops have been harvested?

Answer: We prepare for the next crop year making decisions about seed, land, and crop insurance. We also work on equipment, market and ship grain, and expand our knowledge of our trade. This is a question that I encounter typically when I don’t expect it. I’m usually engaged in some mundane ...read more