For Farmers

Crop Yields Average for DeKalb County

DeKalb County didn’t break any records with corn and soybean yields last year. The 2020 yields reported by the USDA showed corn averaged 191.2 bushels per acre and soybeans averaged 58 bushels per acre in DeKalb County. Illinois averaged 192 bushels of corn and 59 bushels of soybeans. This was the first more

Anhydrous Ammonia Training Now Offered

Farmers and their employees who transport and apply anhydrous ammonia will now need to be certified. Free online training is being offered at In-person training opportunities will be announced as they develop. The training will include: properties of ammonia, competent in safe operating practices, how to take appropriate actions in the more

Native Prairies Being Established Locally

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres provide long-term benefits to the environment. When the last glacier left our area approximately 14,000 years ago it left behind moraines and glacial ridges. Eventually as the temperatures began to rise the tundra-like environment was replaced by cool moist deciduous forests and eventually by oak-hickory woodlands, more

Little Rock Creek Watershed in the Works

New Watershed Plan Being Developed for the Sandwich Area The City of Sandwich is currently leading a watershed-based planning effort on approximately 10,500 acres in the Little Rock Creek Watershed (see below). The watershed includes portions of DeKalb, Kendall and LaSalle counties. The City of Sandwich applied for and was awarded a more

Legislative Initiatives Set for 2021 Year

The Illinois Farm Bureau Board of Directors has approved state legislative initiatives for the new year that will benefit Illinois farmers. 2021 State Legislative Priorities: • Seek to maintain the tax policy provisions that currently exist in Illinois that provide economic stability for the agricultural industry including the agricultural sales tax exemptions more

Pesticide Testing Offered at Farm Bureau

Farmers can test in-person for license renewal. The Illinois Department of Agriculture and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau are partnering to offer in-person pesticide testing in the upcoming months.  Testing will be made available at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Building on Thursdays, Feb. 11 and Feb 25 pending gathering restrictions, with more

Tune Into Local Stations for Ag Programs

Want to hear local cash bids for corn and beans? Listen to RFD on the radio? WLBK and WSPY radio stations continue to offer ag programs for local listeners. Tune into these stations to hear ag markets and news. WLBK, 1360 AM and 98.9 FM, and WSPY, 107.1 FM, are locally owned more

Farmland values continue strong in Illinois

Farmland values remain resilient and actually edged higher across the heart of the Corn Belt in the third quarter. The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago reported farmland values in its district increased 2% during the most recent quarter compared to the same time last year. Chicago’s Seventh Federal Reserve District stretches across more

Policy Positions IFB for Challenges Ahead

For the first time in Illinois Farm Bureau history, the organization’s annual meeting was conducted virtually with 336 county Farm Bureau delegates participating via internet across the state. Mark TuttleMike Schweitzer Delegates serving DeKalb County included: Steve Bemis, Berkeley Boehne, Ed Cowan, Roy Plote and Mike Schweitzer. New IFB policy addresses the challenge more

County’s Land Use Plan Modified in 2020

Selling a farm residence off farmland just got easier. Recent changes were made to DeKalb County’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan that allows landowners to parcel off their farm residence from their 40 acres and sell it as part of a few acres. Previously, the county’s 40-acre rule required landowners to sell their more