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Sow, grow, rotate: how crop rotation promotes gardening success raised garden beds with variety of annual vegetable crops
Read article: Sow, grow, rotate: how crop rotation promotes gardening success
Sow, grow, rotate: how crop rotation promotes gardening success
With a new year comes opportunities for a new start… especially in the garden. As we look through seed catalogs, past garden records, and develop...
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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...
corn twisted in drought field
Read article: Weather Report: Drought takes hold in Illinois
Weather Report: Drought takes hold in Illinois
Mild dryness in April and early May has quickly transitioned to a problem following a very dry end to May and first few weeks of June. Most of the...
combine harvesting soybeans
Read article: USDA released 2022 corn and soybean yields by Illinois county
USDA released 2022 corn and soybean yields by Illinois county
USDA has released estimated Corn Yields by county average for 2022.  Stark County led with the highest average yield per acre(ac) at 240.6 bushels (...

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...
corn field in front with strip planting in background of rolling hills and some woodlands
Soil Health to be discussed at Northwest Illinois Agronomy Summit
Is building soil health while maintaining crop yields possible in Northern Climates? Over the past five years, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been exploring the possibilities of incorporating reduced tillage and winter rye into corn and soybean crop rotations. This work has proven very...

Videos

Farm Management: Pre-plant Spraying

Before the seed goes in the ground, farmers spray the ground. For this particular filed the farm is using 28% nitrogen and a preplant herbicide. Thanks to technology, the farmer can utilize GPS and other onboard technology to better control the amount of spray being used.

Farm Management: Marking a Field

While some tractors are equipped with GPS technology others use the old marker system to mark the ends of the field.

Connect with Kevin Brooks, Illinois Extension Farm Business Management and Marketing Educator at kwbrooks@illinois.edu.

Staff

Travis Burke

Travis Burke

Assistant Dean, Agriculture/Agri-Business Program Leader
Germάn Bolero

Germάn Bollero

Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences