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  • 5 reasons to strip-till
    There are at least five reasons to use strip-till. Without knowing why a producer wants or needs to strip till, they do not know which strip-till implement to purchase or how to operate it.
  • Let's help those in need
    It’s always great to see businesses helping out the community — and I am always hearing great things about the non-profit work Ceres Solutions does.
  • Spreading the message
    Field Moms, the cornerstone of the Illinois Farm Families program, will continue in 2016 along with expanded efforts to reach out to the largest population segment.
  • Complete tillage, apply nutrients in one pass
    Strip-till machines are designed to complete full tillage in a defined strip. “We developed the Sunflower 7600 Series with durability in mind,” said Larry Kuster, marketing specialist.
  • Ethanol wins in Iowa, industry claims
    The morning after the big game, everybody has the perfect game plan. The days after the first contest in the nation on the road to choose a new U.S. president are no different.
  • Indiana farmland property tax plan poses pitfalls
    How should Indiana assess farmland for property taxes? Good question. There’s the way we used to do it, the way we do it now and, if new legislation passes, the way we’ll do it in the future.
  • Advocate wants milkweed reprieve
    A wildlife advocate hopes the village board of Caledonia will give milkweed — the host plant for monarch butterflies — a break.
  • No new horse virus cases
    Illinois Department of Agriculture officials say they haven’t received any new reports of equine herpes virus which sickened eight horses recently at Bartlett’s Sunset Hill Farm.
  • Making hay much better today than yesterday
    I recently attended the Driftless Region Beef Conference that featured lots of great topics for cattlemen that were presented by university professors, veterinarians and Extension educators from several states.
  • Cover crops can provide soil-borne disease control
    The use of cover crops has gained new momentum in the last decade due to a convergence of favorable research, education, policy initiatives and farmer innovation. The number of farmers planting cover crops is still relatively small, but growing.
  • Record 532 bushel-per-acre corn
    A new all-time high yield of just more than 532 bushels per acre, set by David Hula of Charles City, Va., was recorded in the National Corn Growers Association 2015 National Corn Yield Contest.
  • 4-H teen teachers awarded grant
    University of Illinois Extension and Northwest Community Center have partnered to create a 4-H Teen Leadership program. This program is housed at Northwest Community Center in Rockford and implemented by U of I Extension staff.
  • High yields top goal despite prices
    With the decline in commodity prices, grain farmers at the Midwest Ag Expo were asked if they were planning to make any changes in their farming operations this upcoming season.
  • Shepherds plan to flock together
    The Illinois Lamb and Wool Producers will host the annual Sheep Day on March 12 at the Illinois Department of Agriculture building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
  • Apply for annual scholarship program
    The Dairy Calf and Heifer Association is accepting applications for its annual scholarship program. The goal of this long-standing program is to invest in the future of the dairy industry by offering scholastic support to outstanding agriculture-focused students.

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