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Livestock Farms Add Value to Economy

The livestock industry benefits our county and state by supporting food security, protecting the environment, strengthening communities and driving economic growth. Supporting Food Security Illinois is home to more than 71,000 farms. DeKalb County has about 2,300 farms. Ninety-six percent are family-owned and a third of Illinois farms include livestock. For these ...read more

What’s Popping?

Popcorn is one of America's favorite snacks. • Most popcorn is grown in the Midwest – Nebraska leads in popcorn production. • There are 4 basic types of corn – field (dent) corn, flint (Indian) corn, sweet corn (corn on the cob) and popcorn. Popcorn is the only corn which pops! • On ...read more

New Shoes for Christmas

A new pair of shoes may be a welcome Christmas gift, even for horses! Horses need new shoes about every 4-6 weeks, based on how their hooves grow and how the shoes have worn. Horseshoes are designed to protect horse hooves the same way shoes protect our feet. When horses work ...read more

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.