FULTON, Ill. — The combines at Sloan’s Implement in Fulton have a lot of new technology, but there’s one thing the John Deere harvesters don’t yet have as standard equipment.
WATAGA, Ill. — One of the most important pieces of preventative combine maintenance could be one of the most inexpensive.
DANVILLE, Ill – Master Gardener Mary Stonecipher will lead a holiday wreath class at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at International Greenhouse Supply, 70 Eastgate, Danville. This is a great opportunity to learn how to make a live wreath. The $15 fee includes a variety of fresh greenery, a metal wreath ring, floral wire, ribbon for a bow and pine cones. Attendees can bring decorations to add their personal style.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Hoosier Beef Congress will be Dec. 6-8 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis. The judging contest features six classes of beef cattle and includes four divisions: juniors, senior non reasons, senior reasons and jackpot (for college age contestants). This contest is sponsored jointly by Purdue Extension, the Purdue Block and Bridle Club, and the Indiana Beef Cattle Association.
FULTON, Ill. — At the end of October, it might have looked like combines, tractors and grain carts should have been fitted with skis. They weren’t, but there is one transportation tool that is gaining popularity with farmers during the 2019 harvest.
I’ve been preparing the same basic, traditional Thanksgiving menu for almost 35 years now. But in the past few years, our children have grown up, married and now have families of their own.
We’re a granola-eating family. When the tall jar in our pantry reads almost empty, it’s time to stir up and bake a new batch. It’s never a chore, because the fresh homemade taste of heart-healthy oats with nuts and dried fruit always satisfies, whether combined with yogurt and berries at breakfast, or sprinkled over a scoop of ice cream for an evening dessert.
Gardeners often ask, “When is the best time to cut back the dead tops of herbaceous perennials? Should we cut them in fall as the tops fade? Or, wait until spring, just before new growth begins?” The answers depend, in part, on the specific plant and whether disease or insect pests are a factor.
Farmers and ranchers are anxiously awaiting the news that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement is on its way to Congress for a vote of ratification and that Congress will get it done quickly.
Several years ago, when Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Tom Friedman was asked to choose which rising Asian nation, China or India, he’d bet the farm on, Friedman didn’t hesitate to pick India.
About 85% of U.S. beef today comes from Beef Quality Assurance-certified farmers or ranchers. But do American consumers know that? Just as important, do they know what BQA is — and what it stands for?
As with any appliance that works with high heat, regular maintenance of both the appliance and chimney is necessary for proper operation and to make sure there are no potential fire hazards.
The process of molting laying hens is done in order to extend the productive life of your laying hen flock. Molting is a natural physiological process of all birds and it occurs throughout the life of your flock.
Even though it is getting cold outside and snow may soon be covering our gardens, we can still exercise our little ones’ (and own!) green thumbs. Bring the garden inside this winter with fun activities and experiments! Winter is the perfect time for kids to learn basic plant concepts.
STEVENS POINT, Wis. — The Black Hawk College Soil Judging Team won first place at the American Society of Agronomy 2019 Region 3 Collegiate Soils Contest in Stevens Point. BHC team members competed against students from Eastern Oklahoma State College and Vincennes University.
Several weeks ago, I had a conversation with a farmer about turning organic waste materials into value-added products, and we landed upon the topic of anaerobic digestion.
How often do you think or talk about your local watershed? For most, it is probably not a standard topic of conversation. The reality is, we all live, work and play in watersheds, and our actions can impact water quality locally and downstream.
ELIZABETH, Ill. — Join the Jo Daviess County Master Gardeners on Nov. 18 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jo Daviess County Extension office, 204 Vine St., Elizabeth, for a program on how to make herb bundles. The cost of this program is $10 per person. All of the materials needed will be provided.
URBANA, Ill. – Each year, the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine opens its doors to the public for an in-depth experience in the world of veterinary medicine. This free event, put on by roughly 400 veterinary students, is perfect for all ages.
DECATUR, Ill. — Horticulture has been a recurring theme in Maria Christian’s life. Christian has always had a love of vegetables and flowers, and this year celebrates her 30th anniversary as a Macon County Master Gardener.
SNAP-Education Educator Kaitlyn Streitmatter worked with Beverly Manor Junior High in Washington, Illinois, to research and apply ways to reduce school food waste and increase the amount of healthy foods students eat.