Farm Facts

Lambing Season Underway

With the spring season comes lambing season. Local farms are welcoming new lambs to their flocks. But spring lambing is sort of a misnomer because lambs are born year-round, according to Julie Barr. “Some lambs are born in the spring (March-May), but many are born in January and February or in more

Snow What?

Farm fields are covered in snow so what impact does that white blanket have on farmland? How does this winter compare to other winters? As you shovel snow from your sidewalk you’re probably not thinking about the value of snow. It does provide benefits to both your lawn and farm fields. • more

Ag by the Numbers – Egg Money

A century ago… While men generally handled a majority of the fieldwork women traditionally kept the household going. Women typically grew the gardens. They canned produce, baked bread, did the laundry and cared for the family and home. Women and children usually raised the chickens: gathering the eggs, nurturing baby chicks, and more

Ag by the Numbers – Preserving Prime Farmland

About 90% of DeKalb County is farmland and 98% of the farmland is classified as prime by the USDA. Prime farmland is land that has the best combination of physical and chemical characteristics for producing food and crops and has the soil quality, growing season and moisture supply needed for growing high more

Ag by the Numbers – Up on the Rural Rooftops

Santa will be very busy this Christmas Eve visiting people all over the world. DeKalb County has 2,300 farms, all of which Santa and his reindeer will deliver presents. Rudolph and his fellow reindeer love visiting DeKalb County where 3,800 acres of hay are grown. Hay is the 4th largest crop in the more

What is That? – Combine Heads

At harvest, farmers use a combine to pick corn and cut soybeans. The combine is the main harvesting machine that powers through the county’s top crops from September through November. On the front of the combine is an attachment known as the head. The head is powered by the PTO (power more

Farmers with Military Service

American farmers are some of the most patriotic citizens. There’s good reason for that – many have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. 11% of U.S. farmers have served or are serving in the military. They are largely male and a full decade older than producers as a whole. They are experienced more

5 Ag Technologies That Pay Off For Consumers

Farmers and food makers are plugging into smarter technology that makes food healthier, safer and more delicious. No matter what kind of food you love to eat, there are many technologies to help farmers and food producers keep you well-fed. Here are five technological advances that might be making a difference more

DeKalb County Ag by the Numbers – Ag Teachers

With over 34,000 students studying agriculture in Illinois, ag teachers are in high demand. In 2020 there were 66 job openings for ag teachers within the state, but only 22 ag education graduates to fill them. This year there are 356 ag education programs throughout Illinois with 452 educators. DeKalb County has 7 ag programs taught by more

What is That? Semi Trucks & Grain Trailers

During the harvest season you will see many semi-trucks and trailers on the road hauling grain to nearby elevators or farms. A semi-truck refers to the actual truck, which has an engine along with a cab. Sometimes it’s also called a semi-tractor. A semi-truck engine has 350 to 600 horsepower. A semi-trailer more