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Why Two Crops?

Driving through rural areas of central Illinois, you may notice that two main crops dominate the landscape. Why do Midwestern farmers focus on growing corn and soybeans?

Explore the how these crops came to be such a big part of agriculture in the area with Don Meyer, Illinois State University lecturer in this week’s Farm Fresh Podcast.

Listen for the Farm to Table segment every Wednesday on WJBC radio at 12:45 p.m.

Farm Fresh Answers: Young Farmer’s Perspective

Growing up on a family farm and getting involved at a young age inspired a passion for agriculture for McLean County farmer Justin Maitland.

Check out the challenges and opportunities he sees on the horizon as he looks to continue the tradition of farming for his family.

Click below to listen to the segment and be sure to check out the Farm to Table segment every Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. on WJBC radio.

Farm Fresh Podcast: Weed & Pest Control


Weed free fields are more than just for looks. Unwanted plants compete with the crop for sunlight, soil and water.

Check out some of the tools and strategies farmers use to control weeds in this week’s Farm Fresh Podcast with farmer Gerald Thompson.

Tune in every Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. for Farm to Table on WJBC Radio.


Farm Fresh Podcast: Double Time

Harvest went by quickly on the Lay farm this year. In fact, the crops were out in about half the time compared to a typical year thanks to suitable crop conditions, good weather and cooperative machinery.

Hear how the corn and soybean yields turned out with Jason Lay plus check out one way farmers are working to farm smarter by exploring the use of cover crops in this week’s Farm Fresh podcast, episode 11.18.15.

Tune in every Wednesday at 12:45 to hear the Farm to Table segment on WJBC radio.

Can’t Take the Farm Out of the Girl

If you would have told me my senior year of high school I would be farming with my dad six years later, I would have laughed at you and told you not a chance.  At that time, I thought I wanted to be some big wig executive in the Chicago area.

I went for that dream and upon graduating the University of Illinois with a degree in Finance and a concentration in Real estate moved to Arlington Heights to become a Commercial Real Estate Credit Analyst for a bank up there.  Let’s just say you can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl and I moved back to Central Illinois in a year.

It was a very difficult year for me and it didn’t take me long to realize it was the farm I was missing and nothing else.  I was blessed to obtain a position at a bank in Bloomington, Ill. after returning home.

At that point I realized farming was in my blood and I was right where I wanted to be. Dad and I have been working together ever since.  Weekends are spent side by side with my father and typically you will find me under a piece of machinery covered in dirt, oil and/or grease.  Both he and I, the 5th and 6th generations of our family farm, work full time jobs in addition to our grain farm operation.

Some say farming isn’t a girl’s world, but for me it is and I know several other farm girls ready to prove those words wrong.  I wouldn’t trade my life for anything and I am beyond blessed to be a farm girl from Central Illinois.

Check out photos from Harvest 2015 on the Huffman Farm.

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