For Farmers

Farmland Assessments Going Up Again

Understand assessment calculations and long-term impact on farm values. Like it or not, farmland owners will see increases in their property assessments for years to come. To more fully understand the upsurges, an informational meeting has been planned for landowners at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau. Farm Bureau is hosting a farmland more

Landowners Meet for Underground Power Line

Know your options before signing a contract with a utility company. Local landowners are being encouraged to understand their property rights before entering into a new agreement with a company proposing an underground power line. DeKalb County Farm Bureau will host a landowners meeting for those who may be on the potential more

Ag Economy Shows Continued Signs of Stress

Weather issues and trade tariffs are putting the ag economy at risk. “I can think of few times when things are as truly uncertain as they are today for Illinois farmers,” said Scott Irwin, University of Illinois ag economist. “They’re being buffeted on the demand side by news of big crops in more

Planting Dilemma

By now farmers are usually scouting their growing crops. In early June, farmers were still struggling to get crops planted due to unrelenting rainfall. The number of acres of corn and soybeans not yet planted is unprecedented. Only about 15% of corn had been planted by June 1st in DeKalb County. more

Corn Yields Succumb to Wet Spring, Tar Spot

Last year’s corn yield potential was limited in local fields. The 2018 growing season began with frequent May and June rains. While rainfall totals for May and June were 6.5” and 7” respectively, most of DeKalb County received rainfall on 11 days in May and 12 days in June. Many acres in more

Leaders in DeKalb County Farm Bureau

Meet the 2019 Farm Bureau leadership team. The DeKalb County Farm Bureau Board of Directors recently elected officers of the Farm Bureau Executive Committee. Serving in Farm Bureau leadership are: President Mark Tuttle, Vice President Phil Montgomery, Secretary Roy Plote, and Treasurer Steve Drendel. Here’s a brief profile of the leadership team highlighting more

Smart Farm Tech: Putting Field Data to Work

Step inside a tractor cab and you will see several different monitors. These GPS enabled monitors generate field data which help farmers with their management decisions. Rick Boesche remembers when he first got a yield monitor in the 1990s – an Ag Leader monitor – which generated field maps and yields. more

Spring Fieldwork Delay Expected

While farmers certainly welcome warmer temperatures, the possible continuation of an active weather pattern could dash hopes of early spring fieldwork. “A very active weather pattern is setting up,” Eric Snodgrass said. Snodgrass is an atmospheric scientist with Nutrien Ag Solutions and co-founder of Agrible. “We could see a parade (of more

Tax Season: Changes for Farmers

New items include a redesigned 1040 and standard deduction increases. Just in time for tax season, Christopher Hesse, principal with CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, explained how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will affect farmers. Hesse spoke during American Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Convention. Here are some highlights of what’s new this tax year: - more

Working Capital Vital for Farm’s Future

Now is a good time to take a long look into a farm’s financial situation. One way to do that is by determining the farm’s working capital, which is the difference between a farm’s current assets and its current liabilities. “This is that time of the year when our staff at more