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A Tractor Ride for Joe

Joe Barshinger loved a good tractor ride. For years, Joe Barshinger joined his farm buddies on organized tractor rides with caravans of the vintage machines trekking through country roads and small towns. Travelling at the slow tractor speeds, he enjoyed the countryside and comradery with other tractor drivers at the rest ...read more

College to Corn Fields

Olivia Harvell and Samantha “Sam” Fleming giggle, just like they did when they were little. They have been friends “forever” say the 20-year-olds in unison. “We have baby pictures together – I think we came into this world as friends,” chuckled Sam. Olivia claims that the two have done just about everything ...read more

DeKalb County Ag by the Numbers – NOT Knee High

DeKalb County corn typically well exceeds the old saying that corn is “Knee-High by the 4th of July.” However, due to unprecedented rains and this year’s planting crisis, many corn fields are barren or behind in growth. On average, DeKalb County corn is about 5 feet tall by the 4th of ...read more

Crop Update: Shortfall of Corn in County

Many farmers are calling this year’s corn crop a disaster. For two good reasons – thousands of corn acres didn’t get planted due to relentless rainfall and the corn which was planted is less than ideal. “Farming is never easy, but this one was the worst in my 31 years of ...read more

Farm Life After Dairying

For most of his farm life, Bill Lenschow got up at 4:30 every morning to milk his cows. It was a daily routine for him and his family, to milk their dairy cows each morning and evening. “I liked it because it was something the whole family could do,” said Bill. ...read 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. ...read more

Orville’s Legacy

Ag Scholarship established as a tribute to lifelong farmer. Orville Olson spent his entire life doing what he knew best, farming. He lived and loved the farm life for a century. Orville was born on the family farm, which dates back to 1889, located on the north edge of Cortland. His grandparents ...read 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 ...read more

Bayer in our Backyard

More than a century ago the DeKalb County Agricultural Association made its mark in our county, the legendary company which developed DEKALB hybrid seed corn. The rich history of the DEKALB brand continues today with the Bayer Company. Bayer maintains the local legacy with its research, production and seed technology facilities ...read more

A Sweet Experience

What’s the best way to educate a young adult? With food, of course. DeKalb County Farm Bureau Young Leaders toured Tate & Lyle in February and ended their visit with samples of chocolate milk and sorbet bars. But the tour was even sweeter than the samples. With locations in 30 countries ...read more