Welcome to Photo Week on Corn Corps! To celebrate National Photography Month, we’re bringing you one photo every day this week that celebrates Illinois agriculture, corn production, and farm family life!
Illinois corn farmers are very concerned with soil and water conservation. This photo demonstrates a fairly new soil conservation practice called strip tilling. After a corn crop has been harvested in the fall, the stalks, leaves and corn cobs are left on the soil. In the spring, the farmer “clears a path” between last year’s rows of corn and plants a new row of corn. He is essentially tilling only a strip in the soil and then planting his new crop exactly in that strip.
Leaving the remains of last year’s harvest keeps water from washing away the fertile top soil that makes Illinois one of the largest corn producers in the world.