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  • 4 questions to build your landlord plan
    On the farm, being intentional about building strong relationships and regular communication with landlords can be tough. But having a plan for the way your farm will approach landlord relationships can really set you and your operation apart. You can make your farm the “go-to” operation.
  • Weather affects disease pressure in cornfields
    SPONSORED: In DEKALB and Asgrow technical agronomist Lance Tarochione’s neck of the woods, a white-knuckle level of drought in June has yielded some unexpected benefits.
  • Compassion needed now
    As I was leaving the state’s fairgrounds the hot and dusty final Sunday afternoon of the event’s 10-day run last year, I noticed a truck with a livestock trailer pulled off to the side of the road near the exit.
  • Corn plants susceptible to disease pathogens
    SPONSORED: As the corn crop moves from reproduction to making grain, Kirby Bacon has his eyes on harvest — and some potential disease issues that could impact harvest.
  • TPP will aid Illinois farmers
    With both major political parties’ conventions behind us, it’s clear the presidential campaign ahead of us will be contentious and divisive, with the candidates agreeing on little.
  • Sharing, caring with friends
    A little more than seven years ago at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting Foundation Auction, I joined with a small group of women to bid on a weekend stay at the lake home of one of our colleagues. That getaway has become an important part of the summer for each of us.
  • Crop reporting simplified
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency requires farmers and ranchers participating in our programs to submit an annual report on all cropland use on their farms. Crop insurance agents also require these reports.
  • Monitor cattle during high heat, humidity
    Recent temperatures have soared after starting off cool. While the high temperatures have facilitated corn and bean planting, those with livestock must begin to worry about heat stress.
  • Lawmakers need to hear from you
    I remember the day, after weeks of hearing my husband voice his disapproval for actions — or lack thereof — of lawmakers, I laid in front of him a call sheet, listing phone numbers for those representing our interests in Washington, D.C.
  • Insects often taste with feet
    “These boots are made for walkin,’ and that’s just what they’ll do” is a line from the classic 1966 Nancy Sinatra hit song. Of course, boots can’t walk by themselves.

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