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January/February 2001
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Assessing Soil Quality: Counting Earthworms
Earthworms are most active at the soil surface during the spring and fall.  The best time to observe their activity is when soil temperatures are below 65 °F.    If you are looking for earthworms, you may need to sample in different locations since their habitats tend to be patchy within a field. More

New Porthole Device Eases Inspection and Cleaning of Combines
We all know that keeping equipment clean can greatly increase its lifespan, and this is especially true for the complicated machine known as the combine. With thousands of moving parts, combines create lots of areas for seed and crop residue to lodge and eventually choke the system.  More

Illinois Offers New Carbon Trading Program for Farmers
Illinois farmers will soon have a new market available to them--selling carbon credits they can earn by adopting a variety of conservation practices. More

Rural Route 2 Is Available at 1-800-468-1834
The Rural Route 2 service is designed to help farm families get through tough times. More