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Ag by the Numbers – Harvest

This year’s harvest had its challenges, but regardless, we take this opportunity to honor the hands of harvest. In DeKalb County, nearly 900 farm men and women harvested 320,000 acres of corn and soybeans from September through November. They spent countless hours in combines, tractors and semi-trucks to get the crop ...read more

The 2021 Harvest

Weather is a key factor with corn and soybean production and harvest. As farmers know, weather is always a factor when it comes to growing and harvesting crops.In a recap of this year’s harvest in DeKalb County, farmers got an early start because the crops had reached full maturity and grain ...read more

Chopping Corn Silage

I’m confused. I always thought farmers harvested corn when the plant is tan-colored and mature. But I saw machines harvesting green plants of corn. Tell me more… I’m confused. I always thought farmers harvested corn when the plant is tan-colored and mature. But I saw machines harvesting green plants of corn. ...read more

Ag by the Numbers – Harvest Season

Fall means it's harvest time in DeKalb county. Here's what's being harvested on local farms: Field CornSoybeansApplesPumpkinsPopcornRed RaspberriesSquash, Gourds & Indian CornGrapes While we enjoy the bounty of these fall crops, they add to the economic viability in our county. Production Agriculture generates over $354 million annually in DeKalb County.

A Tradition of Livestock Shows

The Sandwich Fair has a longstanding tradition of having one of the best livestock shows in the Midwest dating back to 1888. At the first fairs, there were 4 kinds of livestock shown: cattle, swine, sheep and horses. In addition to these, other livestock shows were added to include: dairy cattle, ...read more

Ag by the Numbers – Bees & Butterflies

Pollinators, like bees and butterflies, help flowers pollinate and ensure that we have food to eat. In the U.S., more than 150 crop plants require pollinators.It is estimated that 1 of every 3 bites of food that we eat is related to actions of pollinators. That action is transferring pollen to ...read more

Dairy Trends

An inside look at trends which impact the dairy industry during June Dairy Month Dairy producers have a deep commitment to taking care of their animals and play a vital role in providing sustainably produced foods. Understanding consumer and market trends not only helps dairy farmers understand what is driving today’s ...read more