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DeKalb County’s agricultural base pumps more than $450 million each year into the local economy. This category is devoted to news and information derived from RSS feeds and press releases from our local agribusinesses. To be added make sure you Add Your Site to our local online directory.

Snow PROVIDES SOIL MOISTURE crops need to grow. Winter snowfall helps during the growing season because of the stored moisture that works its way down into the soil as the snow melts. No-till farming helps to trap snow and REDUCES DRIFTING. This allows for more even distribution of water...
Many people confuse grain bins with silos, but they are different structures serving different purposes. Grain Bins are the large metal structure you see on many farms. They are used to store corn, soybeans, or other grains. Grain Bins are larger than silos and have pointed roofs. They are silver when...
The theme of this year’s National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Week (February 16-23) was “Just One.” Keeping with the theme, the DeKalb County Farm Bureau asked each DeKalb County FFA chapter to share “Just One” of their programs which may be new, unique, or traditional for their FFA. Grain...
According to an article posted yesterday on FarmWeekNow.com, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) final 2018 county corn and soybean yield estimates indicated that Illinois had state record yields of 210 bushels per acre for corn and 65 bushels for soybeans in 2018. Illinois finished the year as the...
DeKalb County Farm Bureau President Mark Tuttle was elected as the new Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Director representing District 1 during the state organization’s annual meeting, Dec. 8 in Chicago.  District 1 includes the counties of DeKalb, Kane, Lake and McHenry. Tuttle replaces previous...
Hay is grown specifically for use as livestock feed. It can vary from a dark green when freshly baled to a lighter green after time in storage. Hay can either be a single species or a mixture of plants. Alfalfa, clover, ryegrass, and timothy are commonly grown for hay. Hay contains more...
It's that time of year when farmers are harvesting wheat and baling wheat straw. Farmers harvest about 4,000 acres of winter wheat in DeKalb County. Locally, wheat is harvested in early to mid-July, depending on the weather and how quickly the crop matures. This year’s wheat crop endured the second-coldest April...
The Northern Illinois Farm Show returns to the Convocation Center in DeKalb on January 9 and 10, 2019. The two-day show, presented by IDEAgroup, features 200 companies showcasing their latest innovations available to farmers in the Midwest including five equipment demonstrations. This year's show has a line up of exhibitors and...
Q: What breed or brand of beef do you prefer for your own personal use? A: It’s not so much the color of the animal or the pedigree, but what you feed an animal that makes for good tasting beef. Most farmers who raise beef cattle will choose an animal to...
Q: What do pigs eat? Do farmers still slop their hogs? A: Pigs eat a combination of grains, plus vitamins and minerals, as part of a nutritionally balanced diet. Farmers don’t slop their hogs anymore because it does not provide the best feed or nutrition for their pigs. Pigs are fed a diet that is...
Click on an image below for a larger view! From The DeKalb County Farm Bureau's Connection publication
Robert Kauffman is committed to making sure his birds are well-cared for, healthy and safe at his Waterman turkey farm. The responsibility of animal care is vital to the Kauffman Turkey Farm. Robert Kauffman knows that a healthy turkey is good for the welfare of the flock, good for consumer...