seedling in trashSome farmers in Illinois are finally getting started in the field – though most are having to wait for the field to dry out from all the spring rains.

In this field, the corn seedlings are growing through the “trash” left over from the corn field planted and harvested here the year before. ┬áLeaving the corn stalks, leaves, and cobs on the field helps eliminate soil erosion and increases the organic matter of the soil.

This is also a good example of a corn-on-corn rotation.  Some farmers grow soybeans the year after the field has been planted to corn, but this farmer is experimenting with ways to make continuous corn on one field work for him AND the soil.