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What’s in a combine cab?

If you have never been inside a combine cab here’s your chance to see it up close. Today’s combines provide farmers with modern technology and conveniences so they can efficiently harvest their corn and soybean crops.

Ag by the Numbers – First Farmalls

The Farmall name originated because the tractor was supposed to do it all – hence the farm-all! Farmall tractors were first produced in 1923, known as the Farmall Regular. It was an all-purpose tractor for row crops with 20 horsepower. The first Farmall tractors had steel wheels. It wasn’t until the 1930’s ...read more

Ag by the Numbers – Navigating Harvest

As farmers move their equipment from one field to another during harvest, it’s vital for motorists to recognize the significance of their task. Sharing the road becomes an important consideration for all drivers. Fast cars and farmers’ slow tractors can be a dangerous combination. Here are some roadway safety tips: Watch for ...read more

Local 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’s a list of Farm Bureau members who are included in the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Farm Products Directory. The Enchanted Valley Farm Jason & ...read more

Corn Height Variable

Later-planted corn shorter than early-planted corn based on shortfall of precipitation The height of corn has been greatly limited in many areas of the state by the severe lack of moisture so far this season, including DeKalb County. The majority of the state (92.7%) was in drought, according to the latest U.S. ...read more

Ag by the Numbers – Corn Tassels

Soon you will see corn tasseling in fields throughout DeKalb County. The tassel is a critical part of the corn plant’s ability to produce grain, during the pollination period. Here are some interesting facts about corn tassels. The tassel represents the male flower on a corn plant (the ear shoot represents the ...read more

Ag by the Numbers – Holy Cow!

We count on dairy cows to give us important dairy foods as part of a healthy diet. All of those versatile dairy foods start with milk from cows, which is used to make cheese, butter, ice cream, yogurt, and so many other dairy products. Here are some fun facts about dairy ...read more

Green Machines

Farmers use a variety of modern farm machinery in their grain operations. Most of today’s John Deere machines provide farmers with technology and automation using precision ag tools to work more efficiently.

Record Year for DeKalb County Corn Crop

Last year’s corn crop broke all records with bin-busting yields from DeKalb County fields. The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistic Service (NASS) reported the county’s corn yield average was 224 bushels per acre in 2022. Last year’s corn surpassed the previous high for the county set in 2016 at 216 bushels per acre. Not ...read more