Farm Facts

DeKalb County Ag by the Numbers – Back to School!

In Illinois there are 8 universities offering agriculture degrees to over 3,700 students. There are also 27 community colleges that offer degrees and certificates in agriculture to approximately 3,400 students. That’s over 7,000 students studying agriculture in Illinois!   Source: Illinois Agricultural Education Report

What is African Swine Fever?

What is African swine fever (ASF)? Highly contagious virus in pigs (wild and domestic) Does NOT affect public health or food safety – meat is safe for people to eat. Causes fever, skin discoloration, diarrhea, and death. Other signs may include piling, tiredness, and going off feed. Sudden deaths or more

What is that? – Waterhemp

Why control weeds? “Plants out of place” is a phrase often used to describe weeds. In farm fields, weeds steal nutrients, water, and sunlight from crops. This leads to poor crop yields, or less grain harvested per acre. Uncontrolled weeds may cause other problems, too: Machinery damage during harvest Contamination of more

DeKalb County Ag by the Numbers – NOT Knee High

DeKalb County corn typically well exceeds the old saying that corn is “Knee-High by the 4th of July.” However, due to unprecedented rains and this year’s planting crisis, many corn fields are barren or behind in growth. On average, DeKalb County corn is about 5 feet tall by the 4th of more

What’s that Thing? Cow Brushes

Keeping their animals comfortable and content is any livestock farmer’s number one priority. No reasonable person wants their animals to be uncomfortable or in pain. Plus, healthy, calm animals perform better by producing more milk, eggs, or meat. Cow brushes are a tool many dairy farmers provide to keep their cows more

Dairy Calves & Cows Come First

Cows come first on a dairy farm. That’s because farmers know that well-cared for cows are healthy cows that give safe, wholesome milk. To make sure that their cows are healthy as can be, farmers go to great lengths by providing nutritious feed, safe housing and individual care to their animals more

Local Sweet Corn Behind Pace, But Ready Soon

Mark Yaeger knows that everyone is ready for their first taste of locally grown sweet corn in July but they will have to wait until August. This year’s wet and cooler spring weather has delayed sweet corn production by about one month. In a “normal” year sweet corn is tasseling by more

What is that? Ag Aircraft

Something flying low and loud is zooming through the sky close by. By the time you run outside to see what it is, the noise is fading in the distance. Shading your eyes from the sun, you squint towards the sound. There it is! It’s a small yellow plane, flying more

DeKalb County Ag by the Numbers – Planting Comparisons

Planting Comparisons On average, most ALL corn and soybeans have been planted by the first of June in Illinois. Not this year. Due to the wettest May on record, farmers struggled to get their crops planted. 45% of corn and 21% of soybeans were planted by June 2 in Illinois. Source: USDA, National Agricultural more

Farm & Food Talk – Glyphosate

Glyphosate in my cereal? What is glyphosate? It is a herbicide also known by the trade name Roundup that is commonly used on farms and lawns to control weeds. Should I be concerned about glyphosate in my cereal? No major international regulatory body considers glyphosate a health risk. The International Agency for Research on more