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Grain Lacks Quality, Farmers Haul Grain

Last year’s crop continues to plaque farmers with grain storage problems at area farms. Farmers put grain in their storage bins last fall dealing with higher than normal moisture levels, partly because of the late maturing crop and lack of in-field drying. Vickie Hernan-Faivre monitors the grain being stored at JP Faivre ...read more

Ag by the Numbers – Farm Bureau Leadership

In the early 1900s, an innovative group of farmers, bankers, and newspapermen saw the need to form an agricultural organization. These resourceful pioneers became known as the organization’s founders of Farm Bureau. This was the beginning of more than 100 years of successful leadership. The DeKalb County Farm Bureau was the ...read more

What is that? Round Bales

It’s hard to drive through the countryside and not notice when there are large, round bales scattered among fields and farms, but what are they? Round bales are typically crops such as alfalfa, grasses, wheat, oats and corn. These crops are compressed to make handling, transport, and storage more convenient. A ...read more

What is that? Red Barns

Why are so many barns painted red? Ever wonder why barns are painted red in color? Red is (or, perhaps, was) a popular color for older barns due not to its color shade but for its usefulness. Many years ago, choices for paints, sealers and other building materials did not exist. Farmers ...read more

Ag by the Numbers – Today’s Young Farmers

More than 20 percent of all farmers are young or beginning farmers (farming for less than 10 years). Yet the number of young farmers is not keeping pace with the number of farmers aging out of the field. Factors limiting young people in production agriculture are: land prices, availability of farmland, ...read more

5 Things You May Not Know About Farming

Cows, chickens and corn, a big red barn, green or red tractors – these are just a few of the images that come to mind when people hear the word “farming.” But for today’s farmers, there is much more to agriculture than meets the eye. Most farms are owned and ...read more

Antlers Vs. Horns

Did you ever catch yourself wondering if you were naming an animal's headgear correctly? Or did you assume that "antler" and "horn" were just different words for the same thing? Antlers and horns are actually different structures, found on different families of animals.

2019 Crop Year: One for the Record Books

It was one of the toughest, most challenging crop years for farmers. Local farmers couldn’t get a break this year. The 2019 year was problematic for getting corn and soybeans planted and harvested in DeKalb County. The wet spring delayed most planting until June. Then in the fall when the later maturing ...read more

DeKalb County Ag by the Numbers – O Christmas Tree!

Locally, some farmers are growing evergreens and selling them as Christmas trees. There are about 5 farms in DeKalb County which grow Christmas trees. These tree growers plant thousands of seedlings each year to replace the trees that are cut each season. The average growing time for a Christmas tree is ...read more

What’s That Thing? Grain Moisture Tester

As the name implies, grain moisture testers are instruments used to measure the moisture content of grain. They are also known as grain moisture meters. Grain moisture is measured in percentages. For example, field corn is best stored at 13%-15% moisture. Why test grain moisture? Grain crops such as corn are tested ...read more