Category Archives: Environment

MONARCH MONDAY

Here at IL Corn we’re all about protecting our state insect by establishing and protecting monarch habitats. Want to learn more and help out? Take the Monarch Challenge.

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#TBT: RAIN CAN BE A HUGE PAIN

[Originally published June 29, 2015] We love this parody by Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins.  Rain IS a big pain all over the Midwest. On Friday, after leaving IL Corn’s rained out golf outing, I took this quick video (below). … Continue reading

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APPLES TO ORANGES: WHY CROPS THRIVE WHERE THEY DO

Jennie is a Maryland farmer. She is also a registered dietitian who speaks about food and farming systems, sustainability and family farms. [Originally published on CommonGround] Drive through the Midwest and you’re likely to see field after field of corn … Continue reading

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SOIL LOSS: A CASE FOR REDUCED TILLAGE

Agriculture is a large portion of the economy in Illinois.  Every farmer in Illinois has their own method of planting and raising their crop.  Every farmer must make decisions on what is the best way to raise their crop with … Continue reading

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TOP POSTS OF 2016 #10: WHAT DOES AN AG TEACHER DO?

[Originally published: May 26, 2016] Doug Anderson has been an agriculture teacher for more than 30 years and has spent the majority of those years at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School (PBL) in Paxton, Illinois. He has played an instrumental role in … Continue reading

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TOP POSTS OF 2016 #5: THE HEAVY COST OF FARM MACHINERY

[Originally published March 14, 2016] Here in Illinois, we are all fairly familiar with the big farm machinery in the fields during spring and fall, but have you ever wondered what kind of financial investment a farmer undertakes? It’s mid-March, … Continue reading

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TOP POSTS OF 2016 #4: 6 THINGS ABOUT FARMING I DIDN’T LEARN IN SCHOOL

[Originally published: February 23, 2016] We all love our teachers, but looking back there are things we wish somebody had told us. Here are six things about agriculture that I wish were taught in school. Food is not easy to … Continue reading

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ALL WE WANT FOR CHRISTMAS: MORE CONSERVATION

IL Corn and the ag industry has introduced some management practices and talked about some concepts that are different for farmers, trying to help them improve the water quality coming from IL farms. Farmers are anxious to learn, some are trying out … Continue reading

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A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF THE FARMER: NOVEMBER

Some people think that the only busy times of the year are planting and harvest and the rest of the year farmers spend their glorious amounts of free time vacationing or tinkering with antique tractors. This may be true for … Continue reading

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LEARN THE STORY OF CONSERVATION

Farmers are known as stewards of the land and many take that title seriously. Farmers like Roger Sy make it their mission to promote sustainability on their farms for the benefit of not only their land but also of their … Continue reading

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