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  • Former Brazilian farm boy heads Heartland unit
    Friday, April 17, 2015 5:00 PM
    Like any other young lad growing up on a farm 40 years ago, Carlos Hentschke learned firsthand the importance of hard work. Unlike today’s rural setting, raising both grain and livestock were commonplace as families on smaller farms tried to make ends meet. 
  • Rich in agriculture and history
    Friday, April 17, 2015 3:00 PM
    Alexander County’s history may be as rich as its agricultural diversity. Situated at the southernmost tip of Illinois, it has seen a lot in its storied existence. 
  • Farmers help drive environmental responsibility in Delaware
    Friday, April 17, 2015 1:00 PM
    Delaware is taking a proactive approach to the problems facing agriculture in the Delmarva Peninsula. The state works closely with farmers, environmental groups and others with a mission to prevent further contamination of the Chesapeake Bay, and poultry litter gets a good share of the attention. 
  • Red tape can complicate farming on peninsula
    Friday, April 17, 2015 11:00 AM
    Kevin Evans has plenty to keep him busy on his farm, where he grows vegetables, melons and row crops. Fortunately, someone else takes care of his nutrient management plan. 
  • Delaware poultry industry started with Mrs. Steele
    Friday, April 17, 2015 9:00 AM
    Delmarva’s huge poultry industry can be traced back to a woman who wanted to raise a few chicks. Back in 1923 Wilma Steele, the wife of a Coast Guard man, ordered 50 chicks to raise for her family and for a few neighbors, but an extra zero was put on the order and she received 500. 
  • Farmers need to limit nutrient loss now
    As farmers, we like to think of ourselves as good stewards of the land. We understand the importance of fertile soil and clean water and have undertaken voluntary efforts for decades to preserve and protect natural resources. 
  • Calling for common-sense regulations
    In the last column, I outlined part one of my five-part agenda to protect and grow Illinois’ farming sector — encouraging farmers to invest in themselves. This can only happen with part two of my plan: advancing common-sense regulations. 
  • Illinois soybean farmers busy building markets
    The Illinois Soybean Association has a more than 40-year history of investing the state’s checkoff in ways that help farmers increase soybean yield, quality and profitability and support freedom to farm choices. 
  • Help ensure corn emergence
    Successful corn emergence is a combination of three key factors — environment, genetics and seed quality. 
  • To maximize corn yield, mind planting depth
    Planting depth affects overall corn yields. Planting depth can easily be determined after seedling emergence. 
  • GMO debate muddies gardening urge
    Gardening season. Ordinarily, two words that instill joy and excitement and enthusiasm, the prospect of spending sunny weekend days and early weeknights planting and mulching and hoeing and encouraging seeds and seedlings to grow. 
  • Spring is here — enjoy it!
    The skies have cleared, the snow has melted and the calendar, now in April, is steadily marching onward. It’s a beautiful time to be alive and to watch as winter wanes. 
  • Stray electricity can affect livestock operations
    If dairy cows are not drinking water normally — just lapping the water instead of really drinking it — that may be a sign of a stray voltage problem. “Stray voltage is not magic. It’s just electricity following the laws of physics,” said Rick McClenning, with Agrivolt. 
  • Get crafty with Pysanky eggs
    I’m not the most artistically inclined person in the world, but when Catharine Green asked me if I wanted to decorate a Pysanky egg, I jumped at the opportunity. 
  • Day 3: Bringing it all home
    The Illinois Soybean Association tour of Delmarva came to a close Thursday afternoon, as the group of farmers winded up its farm visits and headed for the airport at Baltimore. 



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