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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.

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...
Farmers' Markets In DeKalb County It's that time of year again! The smell of fresh veggies and fruits, the scent of cut flowers, Artisan's gifts and wares, and meeting people we haven't seen in a year. DeKalb: Thursdays, June thru September 10:00am -- 2:00pm   Location: Van Buer Square, Downtown Dekalb. Genoa: Market...

Don’t Sweat Corn Sweat!

Field corn got a bad rap recently when corn sweat was blamed for the heat wave. Corn doesn’t actually sweat. It’s just another way to describe evapotranspiration, the natural process by which moisture in plant leaves evaporates into the air. During the growing season, an acre of corn gives off about 3,000- 4,000...
Q: What are the different types of dairy milk? A: My cows produce whole milk. In the dairy case you will find whole milk, 2%, 1% and skim milk. The difference in types of dairy milk is in the fat content. All milk starts as whole milk but once the cream is separated...
Q: Should I be concerned about antibiotics in the milk I drink? A: You should not be concerned because no milk should contain antibiotics. You and your family should always expect safe, wholesome milk from my dairy cows and other dairy cows throughout the United States. Rest assured, anyone who consumes...
DeKalb County is the second largest hog producing county in Illinois. Did you know that there are more hogs than people in DeKalb County? That's right. There are about 235,000 hogs on farms throughout the local area. You don't necessarily see the pigs as you drive by farms because they...
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...
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...
Click on an image below for a larger view! From The DeKalb County Farm Bureau's Connection publication
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Give the Gift of Grain

Donating a gift of grain can make a lasting difference. The value of the grain can be used to support charitable causes in your community. Give a Gift of Grain is a new initiative of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and the DeKalb County Community Foundation. The Foundations are...
Beef cattle spend at least the first six months of their lives grazing on pasture or rangeland. At around six months of age or older, many cattle are moved to feedlots, or feedyards. A feedlot is an enclosed pen and/or building where beef cattle are fed until they are ready...
One child dies every three days from ag-related injuries in the U.S. Thirty-three kids are seriously injured on the farm daily. Teaching rural children how to work and play safely is what Farm Safety Camp is all about. DeKalb County’s Farm Safety Camp is scheduled for Wednesday, June 20 from 9:00 am...