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  • Gourd almighty: Early pumpkins need storage
    Pumpkins often mature much earlier than we would like. Although the season got off to a slow start, summer was extremely warm and may have brought the pumpkins on in a hurry.
  • Don’t forget state, local elections
    It’s not surprising, especially given the rhetoric we’ve seen this election season. According to Gallup, fewer U.S. adults rate themselves highly likely to vote for president than did so in September of each of the past four presidential election years.
  • Build bridges between generations
    On the patio at the bowling alley last Saturday night, I overheard parents of teenagers sharing concerns with one another about the communication gap they felt was getting deeper and wider between parents and teenagers.
  • Too early to sell 2017 soybean crop?
    Soybean prices during the last five months of the 2015-2016 marketing year averaged much higher than during the first seven months of the year. For example, the average daily bid price at central Illinois locations was $8.67 during the first seven months and $10.28 during the last five months of the year.
  • Resistance tops soybean weed talk
    SPONSORED: There has been a lot of conversation about Palmer amaranth, which grows quickly and creates millions of seeds, making it difficult for farmers to control.
  • Oh, dear, there's too many deer around here
    Deer are so common around my place that they’re kind of like giant dogs running through our property. While they are a permanent part of our landscape as much as the sugar maple trees in our front yard, there are so many things we cannot do because of them.
  • New grocery store’s recipe for success
    Niemann Foods opened a first-of-its-kind grocery store last week that focuses on the “know your farmer, know your food” concept. Harvest Market in Champaign, Ill., offers meat, produce and dairy products from local farms.
  • We must sort fact from opinion, true from false
    We all know “you can’t believe everything you read.” And it can be challenging to sift facts from opinions. I think now, more than ever, it’s important that we use our critical thinking skills before forming opinions and sharing ideas online.
  • Kids’ movie teaches a valuable lesson
    With three young kids, and a fourth on the way, it’s not always easy to take all of the kids out for a fun activity, such as going to the movie or zoo. When we do go out, we try to make the most of it and make whatever activity we are doing extra special.
  • DeKalb County marks rich agricultural history
    A historical marker was recently dedicated to recognize the significance of work completed at the DeKalb Poultry research farm.

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