Welcome to Illinois agriculture, where we treat our cows like members of the family!
We’re finding all kinds of ways to share information about corn and the family farmers that grow it at The Corn Crib, professional baseball’s newest ballpark. The Corn Crib is home to the Normal CornBelters. If you visit you’ll see messages like this one, reminding non-farmers that their friends and neighbors are the family farmers producing Illinois’ highest valued crop. If you sit through a game, you’ll hear conversations about corn and farmers happening between people that otherwise never would have talked about corn. Spontaneous shouts of “Let’s Go Corn!” echo through the stands, and Corny, the CornBelters mascot, is high-fived wherever he goes. It’s opportunities like this that can make a huge difference as more and more challenges to agriculture are being promulgated by detractors.
We know here in the office you look forward to our Friday Farm Photo all week long. Today we have a special treat for you, not just a photo, it’s a Friday Farm Flick!
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The storms that continue to pound Illinois fields added yet another chapter on Wednesday night. Here are the skies over one central Illinois farm, and the rain gauge on Thursday morning.
As the country song says, rain is a good thing, but too much rain literally drowns crops. Farmers are struggling to drain water from the land, as the soil has already soaked up more than it can handle and fertilizer or crop protection applications continue to be delayed because fields are too muddy to drive in.
Three weeks without rain would be a welcome change, giving the fields time to dry out, farmers a chance to work, and a very happy change in mood around the IL Corn office!
This Friday Farm Photo was snapped by Dan Cole from the loading sight at Bunge in East Hannibal, Missouri, between lock and dam 22 and 23 on the Mississippi river. It is gathering up barges at East Hannibal to form one large barge to bring down the river. For more information on how vital the river system is to Illinois economy, click here.
Last week we showed you a picture of a corn field in Shawneetown, this weeks photo comes from a Wapella farm. To bring some perspective to how tall the corn is, we’ve enlisted a model to help out, a one year old model.