Monthly Archives: January 2017

WATCH A YEAR’S WORTH OF FARMING IN FOUR VIDEOS

Illinois corn farmer and current Illinois Corn Growers Association President Justin Durdan understands how consumers view farming with caution and skepticism. He understands that because of fear-based marketing, people want to know what’s in their food. Using cutting-edge 360-degree video … Continue reading

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UNDERSTANDING SOIL EROSION

In this video, you will see that the soil sample on the left starts to crumble and wash away with the water.  This is because the soil has been tilled, or the lower soil is being mixed with the visible … Continue reading

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FRIDAY FARM PHOTO: FIGHTING WORDS

Fighting words from @Illini_OKrush and @TheDailyIllini today #Illini #Hawkeyes pic.twitter.com/J4yrpWxDpC — Charlotte Carroll (@charlottecrrll) January 26, 2017

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#TBT: CO(R)NTEST

We’re holding a social media contest! 5 people who answer this question correctly will be chosen to receive a prize pack from the IL Corn office. The rules are written for Twitter but apply to Facebook as well. We’ll pick … Continue reading

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TRUE LIFE: I LIVE ON A FARM

Let me tell you a bit about our quaint little farm… We live about a quarter mile off a narrow, but paved, country road. Generally, the only traffic we having going by our house are our neighbors, to whom we … Continue reading

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SIGMA ALPHA: SISTERS IN AGRICULTURE

In January of 1978, five women at The Ohio State University founded an organization that would one day change the lives of thousands of women in the agriculture industry. These women wanted an alternative to the traditional social Greek system, so … Continue reading

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FRIDAY FARM PHOTO: UNITED WE STAND

Let’s go into this year being mindful of our collective identity as Americans. Reach for unity, compassion, and understanding.

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AG CAREER PROFILES: WHAT DOES A BUSINESS DEVELOPER DO?

Nic Anderson is the Business Developer for the Illinois Livestock Development Group. He travels across the state of Illinois helping livestock farmers expand their farms or build new ones.  In my conversation with Nic, we believe that he might be the … Continue reading

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WHERE DOES THE CORN GO?

We just found out last week that farmers in the U.S. grew a record amount of corn in 2016.  In Illinois, we grew the second largest yield ever – 197 bushels per acre. (For reference, that’s about 197 large dog … Continue reading

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WINTER ON THE FARM: A PHOTO ESSAY

  It doesn’t look like a winter wonderland, but this is what fields are like in the winter months. Barren unless there is a cover crop to protect the soil. In addition, there hasn’t been much significant snowfall this season… … Continue reading

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