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

FRIDAY FARM PHOTO: ILLINOIS STATE FAIR

IMG_8861This past Tuesday (August 16) was Ag Day at the Illinois State Fair. If you’re familiar with the history of the fair, you’ll know the fair’s primary purpose was for agriculture. People brought their animals from across the state and to compete in showing. For instance, the competition would decide which dairy cow had the best features and characteristic of the ideal dairy cow that would best carry on the breed. These competitions still exist today and have varying criteria based on the category/animal.

Since then, the Illinois State Fair has evolved to include a non-farming audience with different games, rides, concerts and foods. While no one is discounting the glory of a funnel cake, Ag Day was created to give a spotlight to the fair’s original intention. This year, IL Corn joined other agriculture organizations, farming families, and government leaders to showcase the industry while also engaging the non-farming community to learn about issues agriculture faces today.

Among the events:

 

 

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    Government officials including Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and U.S. Congressman for Illinois Cheri Bustos showed their support by meeting with industry leaders.

 

 

 

  • IMG_8851Illinois FFA members interacted with government and industry officials to talk shop as they learn more to become our nation’s next agriculture leaders.

 

 

Check out more from our Facebook, where we livestreamed an interview with Illinois FFA members and heard from IL Corn leaders.

FRIDAY FARM PHOTO: MEET PHIL

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Phil Borgic is the owner of Borgic Farms Inc., located in Illinois. The 6,200-sow farm staff focuses on properly caring for their pigs and their employees. Phil sat down with the #RealPigFarming team to tell us a little bit more about himself and his family’s farm.

Read the interview here.