For Farmers

2021 – “Great Yields but No Records”

Recap of crop year shows exceptional yields despite adverse weather The 2021 growing season got off to a good start with most of the corn and soybeans planted timely. However, some areas of the county experienced excess rainfall in May and June. Rainfall diminished in late July while the southern part more

Conserv FS acquires Blake Oil Company

Conserv FS recently aquired Blake Oil Company with locations in Kirkland and Rockford. Conserv FS, a cooperative headquartered in Woodstock, will be locally servicing Blake Oil customers. The acquisition of Blake Oil Company is an addition to the cooperative’s existing sales territory. (From left) Conserv FS General Manager Dave Swigart welcomes Michael more

Farm Bureau Leaders Re-Elected

The DeKalb County Farm Bureau Board of Directors re-elected the leadership team of officers for 2022. Continuing their service are: (from left) Roy Plote, secretary; Steve Bemis, president; Berkeley Boehne, vice president; and Steve Drendel, treasurer. Bemis is in his second year as the county Farm Bureau president.

DeKalb County’s Top Crop Exceeds 200 Bushels

Corn farmers in DeKalb County produced 200+ bushel corn last year. The USDA reported a total of 44 counties in the state finished with a corn yield average above 200 bushels per acre in 2021. In DeKalb County, the 2021 yields showed corn averaged 202.7 bushels per acre and soybeans averaged 62.9 more

Spring Weather Outlook

Every farmer wants a perfect season. Get planting done as soon as possible, then let it get warm, with appropriate rain and thunderstorms, with no hail, freezes, or other calamities. And for corn farmers, bring on the summer heat as well! Unfortunately, every season falls short of that. Sometimes it’s actually more

Farm Bureau Legislative Priorities for 2022

The Illinois Farm Bureau Board of Directors has approved state legislative initiatives for the new year that will benefit Illinois farmers. 2022 State Legislative Priorities: • Seek to maintain Illinois’ current tax policies that provide economic stability for the agricultural industry including the agricultural sales tax exemptions for seed, feed, fertilizer/chemicals, and more

Farmers Facing Higher Crop Costs

Fertilizer and crop protection product prices are soaring For the 2022 crop season farmers are seeing rising costs on inputs and capital needs to grow the same crop as last year. To some, these rising costs seem to be an abrupt change, however it has been happening for over the last year more

Rules for the Road Trucking Seminar

Illinois Farm Bureau will host a series of two-hour trucking seminars focusing on transportation laws and regulations as they pertain to the agricultural industry. The closest seminar to the DeKalb County area is being held in Harvard. McHenry County Farm Bureau will host the session on Tuesday, March 8 at 10 a.m. more

Pesticide Testing Dates Set for Farmers in 2022

Farmers who need to renew their private pesticide applicator license have an opportunity at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Center for Agriculture this winter. In-person testing is scheduled for Wednesdays, Jan.12, Feb. 9, and March 9, 2022. The Illinois Department of Agriculture will offer pesticide applicator testing from 9 a.m. until noon more

Anhydrous Training Scheduled at Farm Bureau, Feb. 10

All growers or grower farm operations that transport or apply anhydrous ammonia, or otherwise maintain anhydrous ammonia equipment are required to be certified with the Illinois Department of Agriculture by April 1, 2022. The DeKalb County Farm Bureau and Conserv FS are cosponsoring an in-person Anhydrous Training for certification on Thursday, more