FRIDAY FARM PHOTO: STOP, COMBINE, AND LISTEN

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Did you know we have a podcast section to our website? During planting and harvest season, we know you’re out in the fields and don’t have as much time to read, but you want to keep up with the news. So catch up and fill your time in the combine by listening to news updates and original industry updates from our office.

FRIDAY FARM PHOTO: CORN FOREVER

cornforeverAlthough summer harvest may be over, harvest is still in full effect (well, maybe not with this rainy weather). Being corny people, we love to see when corn pops up in unexpected places. Today, we received a letter from a farmer who obviously knew his audience. So we thought we’d share it! The first picture is the stamp we received and the second from the USPS website. Turns out its part of the Summer Harvest Collection. We were hoping for a corn only collection, but we’ll take it!

FRIDAY FARM PHOTO: IL CORN FIELD TRIP

9-23-16_rodIt’s the end of another week and our office is winding down, but farmers across the country know that harvest doesn’t stop for the weekend. IL Corn understands and appreciates the work that growers put in, so we took a trip out to the fields to support IL Corn Executive Director Rodney Weinzierl. Employees and visitors had the chance to ride in the combine. First-time riders learned about combine technology, the importance of moisture percentages, and plans to test different cover crop strategies in the coming months. Although the novelty of combining has worn off for some of the well-seasoned veterans of the group, they used the one-on-one time to talk shop with Rod.

FRIDAY FARM PHOTO: #HARVEST16

9-16-16harvestIt’s that time of year again! All of your hard work over the summer is about to pay off…after a little more hard work. The end is in sight! (but let’s be honest – farmer’s work never really ends). Be safe out there and happy harvest! Be sure to give us your updates in the field on social media by using #harvest16 and #ILharvest16.

FRIDAY FARM PHOTO: PERFECT DAY

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It’s a PERFECT day here in Central Illinois. The sky is blue, the sun is shining, and a cool breeze is fighting against all the humidity we’ve had the past few weeks. We can feel fall coming and we are EXCITED. We’re crossing our fingers for the cooler weather to stay as we grill out, enjoy friends and family, and unwind during this long weekend. Have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend!

FRIDAY FARM PHOTO: BEHIND THE SCENES

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Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at filming of the 360º Farm Tour series produced by Illinois Farm Families. In the videos, Illinois farmer Justin Durdan teaches us and WGN radio personality Patti Vasquez about growing corn. Here, Justin talks about the process of aerial application, popularly called crop dusting. Be sure to follow along at WatchUsGrow.org