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Illinois Farm Business Farm Management names next CEO

The next CEO of Illinois Farm Business Farm Management (FBFM) says the organization is poised to help farmers through difficult financial times. Scott Newport, of DeKalb, tells Brownfield… “I am really excited for this opportunity.”  He says, “My work with FBFM over the last... Read More.

Illinois corn crop looking good as pollination begins

Pollination is underway for 39% of the Illinois corn crop. Piatt County farmer Jim Reed tells Brownfield… “There are some tassels in our area. It kind of depends.”  He says, “Some folks that planted beans first and then corn. They’re not quite too tassel... Read More.

Illinois Stewardship Alliance organizing policy platform

The deputy director of the Illinois Stewardship Alliance (ISA) says the organization is taking the next step in ag advocacy. Molly Pickering tells Brownfield ISA’s celebrating its 50th anniversary by crafting the group’s first policy platform. “That’s going to help us have a big... Read More.

Illinois “Fall Covers for Spring Savings” program gets boost

The director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture says a funding boost to the state’s cover crops program is a win for agriculture and the environment. Jerry Costello tells Brownfield… “This will take that baseline from 100,000 to 150,000 acres.”  He says, “Hopefully working... Read More.

New Uses for Illinois Corn Mean More Demand

Illinois corn farmers are investing in finding new uses for their commodity. In this Managing for Profit, Jon Rosenstiel, Illinois Corn Marketing Board Chairman and Stephenson County farmer, discusses how check off dollars are finding new ways to utilize Illinois-grown corn. The post New... Read More.

Illinois crops doing well, most wheat now harvested

Soil moisture levels are high, with 53% of cropland having adequate moisture and 47% surplus moisture.  Subsoil levels are reported at 62% adequate and 38% surplus.  Corn planting is complete with 96% of the crop emerged, which is a day ahead the five-year average. ... Read More.

Illinois Environmental Council concerned over SWCD cuts

The land use programs director with the Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) says the organization is concerned about budget cuts to Illinois Soil & Water Conservation Districts.  Eliot Clay tells Brownfield the 4-million-dollar decrease will have an impact. “There was a really big setback in... Read More.

93% of Illinois corn emerged, 93% of soybeans planted

A technical agronomist says crop emergence has been variable across parts of Illinois. Channel’s Derek Whalen tells Brownfield, “We’ve got corn that’s just been in the ground a week or two, and first crop soybeans that have just been planted here in the last... Read More.

Northern Illinois wheat producer excited for harvest

A northern Illinois farmer says the wheat crop looks as good as he’s ever seen. Mark Tuttle, who’s based in Dekalb County, says he’s excited about the upcoming harvest. “It’s a couple weeks early and it’s starting to get a little yellow tint to it.” ... Read More.

Illinois farmer says his goal is to do better every year

Northern Illinois farmer Steve Pitstick says his goal with every crop is to do a little better than the year before.   “Whether it’s selling price or average yield, we’re trying to increase it,” he says. He tells Brownfield after a couple of really volatile... Read More.