Monthly Archives: October 2011

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Corn is arguably the most versatile crop in the world. Normally, we think of corn as food, and food only, when actually, less than one percent of corn in our country is sweet corn. Most people do not realize that … Continue reading

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SAVING OUR SEED

Growing up in the rural town of Manhattan, Illinois, just north of Kankakee and about 40 miles southwest of Chicago, I was surrounded by corn. The immensely tall grass that enveloped the landscape was always something to look forward to … Continue reading

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CONFRONTING THE FARMER MISCONCEPTIONS

Growing up in Central Illinois has given me a certain respect towards farmers. I feel as if I have a pretty basic understanding on the importance of farming and building a relationship with your farmers. Although my stance on different … Continue reading

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DID YOU KNOW THAT OCTOBER IS PORK MONTH?

There are so many things to know about both pigs and pork.  Perhaps some of these little known facts will surprise you!  Did you know… The Pork® Be inspiredsm  brand campaign was launched this year to reach more than 82 … Continue reading

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PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS: CLEAN BACKGROUNDS

Photography is a big part of my life…I don’t know everything but I know some of the key points that I feel are necessary in taking a good photograph.  And for Photographer Appreciation Month, I’d love to share a few … Continue reading

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HOW EARS OF CORN ARE IMPACTING LUNG HEALTH MONTH

I asked Google to tell me a little bit about Lung Health Month and quickly discovered that October is full of reminders to be healthy.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Eye Injury Prevention Month, Depression and Mental Health Month, and … Continue reading

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REGISTER NOW FOR THE ANNUAL ILLINOIS COMMODITY CONFERENCE!

Agricultural commodity producers from across the state will gather for the 2011 Illinois Commodity Conference on Tuesday, November 22 at the DoubleTree Hotel and Conference Center in Bloomington, Ill. The one-day event – centered on the theme “Gateway to the … Continue reading

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FIRES IN THE FIELDS

Originally posted on Corn Commentary Usually farmers like to have dry weather in the fall to get the crops out of the field – just not too dry! Harvest season two years ago was so wet that crops in some … Continue reading

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PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS: CAPTURE A SILHOUETTE

Photography is a big part of my life…I don’t know everything but I know some of the key points that I feel are necessary in taking a good photograph.  And for Photographer Appreciation Month, I’d love to share a few … Continue reading

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CELEBRATE NATIONAL CHEMISTRY WEEK WITH AGRICULTURE EDUCATION!

I grew up in a small town in east-central Illinois.  Actually Hindsboro was bigger 20+ years ago, but I went to school in Oakland—another small town.  When I went to the University of Illinois, had to explain to some of my … Continue reading

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