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).

A meaningful vision

In the fall of 2020, The Atkins Group was energized by the community’s gravitation towards a field of sunflowers they planted as a transition crop on Stone Creek golf course the prior summer.

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 […]

Pondering About Planting

The importance of planting is inarguable in any farming operation– it is an essential undertaking to growing a crop. As spring approaches, farmers are eager to get their crops in the ground. However, they are also committed to selecting the appropriate timing, ensuring crop and soil health. How do farmers know when it is the […]

Welcome to Clearview Farm!

Clearview Farm

This project has captured our imagination and excitement. We sincerely hope that it will be a place for people of all ages to enjoy, learn and imagine. Please watch as we unveil a season of colors through interesting and unique crops.