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Read article: Using the USDA cash rent surveys for determining the "going rate"
Using the USDA cash rent surveys for determining the "going rate"
The number one question I receive is, “What is the going rate for cash rent?” Most landowners are seeking an average to charge a farmer for the use...
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Read article: Farm Drones: Getting a bird's eye view to increase yields
Farm Drones: Getting a bird's eye view to increase yields
As a teenager, one of my farm duties was cultivating the weeds out of the corn and soybeans. I preferred to drive our bigger tractor because it was...
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Read article: Corn tar spot disease monitoring in Illinois
Corn tar spot disease monitoring in Illinois
Tar spot on corn is here to stay in Illinois. Given that the pathogen that causes tar spot on corn can overwinter in infected residue, once the...
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Read article: How does corn affect Midwest weather?
How does corn affect Midwest weather?
As I write this article, corn has tasseled on about 80% of fields in Central Illinois. Apologies to those with corn pollen allergies! Corn, just...

News Releases

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Farm Forward: Turning Last Season’s Challenges Into Next Season’s Triumphs
Join University of Illinois Extension Crop Sciences Educator Kathryn Seebruck for the first year of her series “Farm Forward: Turning Last Season’s Challenges Into Next Season’s Triumphs”. This monthly series aims to address the needs of row crop producers and will be rotated between Jo Daviess...
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Agronomy Summit slated for January 31
Producers faced another challenging crop growing season this year with dry weather and added weed pressure. “The short yet intense periods of drought this year, although mitigated by timely rainfall, made for an interesting growing season,” stated Kathryn Seebruck, U of I Extension Crops...
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New conference aimed to educate current and future farmland owners
EAST PEORIA, Ill. - Owning farmland is a large responsibility and may come with a steep learning curve for some. In today’s world, a lot of farmland is farmed by one person, maybe managed by another person, and owned by a third person. It is important for those land owners to build solid...

Videos

Farm Management: Planting Two Corn Varieties at the Same Time

Ride along with Kevin Brooks as he interviews the farmer as he plants two different varieties of corn at the same time. There are many factors that go into making that decision: weather, insect, production, yield.

Connect with Kevin Brooks, Illinois Extension Farm Business Management and...

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