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  • Harvest: please keep safe out there
    Harvest can be mentally and physically taxing every year, but during a time of low commodity prices, stress levels are on the rise making farmers more vulnerable to farm accidents.
  • Tropical weather spawns ongoing disease issues
    SPONSORED: When the weather turns tropical in Illinois, corn diseases that love heat and humidity take over.
  • Large U.S. corn, soy production prospects
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released the September Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates reports. Market participants were mostly anticipating the new forecasts of the size of the 2016 U.S. corn and soybean crops.
  • Leaf diseases show up late in Indiana corn crop
    SPONSORED: Leaf diseases in the Indiana corn crop took a while to show up, but the good news is that their late arrival should do little damage to the crop, said Kiersten Wise, associate professor of botany and plant pathology at Purdue University.
  • Rural America sees economic renewal
    We know when rural communities do well, America does well. Rural America provides us with the food we eat, the water we drink and the energy we use, not to mention a disproportionate percentage the military that keeps us safe from threat.
  • Reaching noteworthy milestones
    No matter what the occasion is or what is being celebrated, whether it is graduating college or learning to ride a bicycle without training wheels, a milestone of any kind is something that deserves fanfare of some kind.
  • What will ag mergers mean to farmers?
    Several years ago while attending Beck’s first field day at its Central Illinois Practice Research Farm near Downs, I received a poster that broke down which company owns various seed products. There were many that I was aware of, but also some surprises.
  • Thanks to our four-footed friends
    It may sound crazy, but my cat can tell when I’m sick or sad. It’s true. If, at the end of a long day, I face plant into the couch and sigh, my 1-year-old cat Stella will be at my side. Or on top of me. Poking me with her paws or curled up in a ball to keep me warm.
  • Test your Illinois county knowledge
    One of my favorite Ag in the Classroom exercises involves a county map of Illinois and a fun series of questions that will challenge anyone’s knowledge of our 102 counties.
  • Farming’s favorite ninja warrior
    During my spare time, which isn’t much as a mother to three young ones and one more on the way, I love to watch reality television. Whether the show revolves around cooking or racing, when a reality show comes on, I am glued to the couch.



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