For Farmers

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

Ag Consulting Group Opens New Office

Step inside the main corridor of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Center for Agriculture and the first office on your right is the Ag Consulting Group (ACG). Farm Bureau welcomes ACG as a new tenant to the building effective January 1st. Occupying the office is ACG territory manager Jeff Worster. “We want more

No Beans in the Teens Anytime Soon

Expect soybean prices to average around $9 and corn to be under $4 this year, says Scott Irwin, University of Illinois ag economist. Irwin’s analysis shows the best times of the current price era could be in the rearview mirror, although chances of a rally always exist in such a cyclical more

New Year New Laws for Agriculture

The new year ushers in new state laws, including some of particular interest to farmers and agriculture. During the 2018 legislative session, Illinois Farm Bureau successfully gained passage of a couple of state legislative priorities. Harvest season truck permit –  Starting Jan. 1, Illinois farmers gain a new ability to efficiently more

Challenging Year Expected for Farmers

2019 farm incomes could average negative for many farmers if corn and soybean prices remain stagnant. Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois Extension farm management specialist, urges farmers to save up now as he predicts this year will be a challenging one. “For 2019, incomes could average negative for many farms if corn more