Monthly Archives: May 2017

PRODUCT REVIEW: BAYER FLUENCY AGENT ADVANCED

This planting season we tried out a new product on our farm, Bayer Fluency Agent Advanced. This is a seed lubricant mixed in with the corn or soybean seeds inside the seed bins replacing the need for talc or graphite … Continue reading

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WHAT DO FARMERS WEAR?

As farmers and agriculturalists, we do things a little differently. We work long hours, we work extremely hard, and we aren’t afraid to get our hands dirty. And when it comes to fashion, well, we’re in a league of our … Continue reading

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ETHANOL INDUSTRY HIRES MORE AMERICAN VETERANS

A recent Department of Energy (DOE) study on employment in the U.S. shows that the ethanol industry employs a significantly larger share of military veterans than any other segment of the energy industry. We’ve always loved the ethanol industry because … Continue reading

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AG CAREER PROFILE: WHAT DOES AN EXTENSION EDUCATOR DO?

Nathan Johanning works for the University of Illinois Extension based in the Jackson County office.  He is an Extension Educator working in agriculture, specifically in Local Food Systems and Small Farms. Alicia: What are your primary responsibilities? What does your … Continue reading

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FRIDAY FARM PHOTO: FIRST SIGNS

It’s a beautiful day here in Central Illinois after some recent rainy weather. While some farmers are questioning whether to replant, others are seeing first signs of growth. Stay safe out there farmers!

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HOW DRONES WILL REVOLUTIONIZE AGRICULTURE IN THE NEXT 5-10 YEARS

A few years ago, drones zoomed into the public eye. Since then, they’ve become a much more common sight. Recreational drones are now popular, and various startups and corporations have been developing new ways to use them. In agriculture, drones … Continue reading

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6 TYPES OF FARM MOMS

As a part of the agriculture community, we have all experienced different types of farm moms. It’s not right to judge or stereotype. Yeah, yeah… yeah. We also know we all do it and it can sometimes even serve a useful purpose. We … Continue reading

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EDUCATING NON-FARMERS: WHY WE CARE

I rode the bus to school. Starting in junior high and until I finally had a car my senior year of high school, Bus Driver Louis and his passengers trekked the same path every morning of every school year. Prattville Junior High School … Continue reading

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FRIDAY FARM PHOTO: BASEBALL WEATHER

Today is a cool, windy, and sunny after almost an entire week of rainy weather. It’s a perfect day to be outside, especially at a baseball game. Our favorite team, the Normal CornBelters will be starting their season next week … Continue reading

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#TBT AG BOOK REVIEW FOR CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK!

May 2 through 8 marks Children’s Book Week AND Teacher Appreciation Week . Why not celebrate both with a touch of Agriculture? Students across Illinois continue to face an emphasis on reading and literature, so linking agriculture would be a natural fit. Several new books are featured on the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom website […]

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