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Read article: Fairbury farm family finds purpose in land stewardship, community connection, and faith 
Fairbury farm family finds purpose in land stewardship, community connection, and faith 
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The next stop in my tri-county farmer interview series brought me to Garden Gate Farm in Fairbury, Illinois, to talk to the...
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Read article: Data Intensive Farm Management
Data Intensive Farm Management
With thin profit margins and the high cost of inputs, there is a need to make farming more efficient and profitable. One way researchers and...
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Read article: Local Extension conference aimed to help farmland owners stay competitive in current market
Local Extension conference aimed to help farmland owners stay competitive in current market
Modern agriculture is a complex, highly technical, and competitive business environment. In Central Illinois, a large percentage of farmland is owned...
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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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Determining cash rent on Illinois farmland
URBANA, Ill. — One of the most consistently asked questions to University of Illinois Extension offices across the state is, what is the going rate for cash rent for farmland? Cash rent rates are a common yet recurring question that is...
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Considerations when hiring a farm manager
URBANA, Ill. — Managing a farm is a big job. From determining cash rent to planning the next planting or calving season, a farm manager can be an experienced asset to help when making decisions about a farm. Guessing around decision-making can cost farmers thousands in potential revenues that...
Annie’s Project Empowers Women in Agriculture
ALBION, Ill.— Women may be an underrepresented group in the field of agriculture, but thanks to a local course, area participants can receive support and guidance. Annie's Project is a training program designed to empower women in agriculture through education, networks, and resources. Illinois...

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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.

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