Everything You Need to Know About the Sunflowers!

The fan-favorite sunflower maze is open in Champaign, Illinois for everyone in the community to enjoy! This year’s maze design is the state of Illinois with its major interstates. To embrace the theme, interstate signs are placed throughout the maze to help keep you on track and 13 Illinois cities are marked with a “Welcome […]

Why is soil condition so important?

Soils in Eastern Illinois are high in clay content. That is not a bad thing; it just means that we should take great precautions to work the soil when the moisture is right (in other words, dry).

Cover crops are doing their jobs at Clearview Farm

Cover crops are doing their jobs at Clearview Farm. Tillage Radish is now dying after the freezing weather in January, but not until they drove their roots deep into the soil profile, extracted nutrients, and stored them in the tuber. When the tuber decays this early spring, the nutrients will be left behind to feed […]

Mid-Season Report

Crops are progressing nicely.  After the first round of planting in April, we finished planting all of the rest of the crops by the end of May.  We even had our very first harvest of triticale at the end of May. 10 candid observations/lessons from our first spring/early summer season:  18 crops may be too […]

Early season crop growth (What to look for at Clearview Farm)

Oats approximately two weeks after planting

We have crops at many stages right now at Clearview Farm. We have two crops, wheat and triticale, which were planted last fall and are nearing their reproductive stages in the plant cycle. We expect to harvest the triticale as a forage for cattle later this month or in early June. Wheat harvest should occur […]

Wheat and Triticale – An Early Spring Marvel

What is forming that rich green carpet at Clearview Farm? How did it turn green before the last snowdrift had even melted away? The vibrant green color observed in early spring at Clearview Farm is our wheat and triticale crops. Wheat is one of the world’s most prominent cereal grains, and triticale is a hybrid […]