Todd Knorr always bales cornstalks to use for feeding and bedding his cattle, and this year the practice is more important than ever. Dry weather put added pressure on area pastures -- and on farmers with cattle to feed. "We just haven't got any rain at all or very little," said Knorr, who farms near Golden.
Incorporate nut, berry trees and shrubs in alley cropping system
Maggie Berry Levy attributes her family farm's sesquicentennial status to luck more than anything else. The Pleasant Hill farm owned by Levy and her sister, Mary Elizabeth Berry Walch, recently was recognized by the Illinois Department of Agriculture for belonging to the same family for at least 150 years. The Berry family has owned the almost 500-acre farm for 177 years.
Rust could reach Midwestern soybean crop earlier in growing season
While many farmers across the region are slightly delayed in entering the fields, they are generally surprised with the positive yields they are getting.