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Alfalfa | Video

Alfalfa is a perennial forage crop grown across the U.S. that can be harvested multiple times in one year.

Grown In: 2021, 2022


Barley | Video

Barley is one of the most highly adaptable cereal grains as a cool-season, early maturing crop. Belonging to the grass family, barley grows between two and four feet tall.

Grown In: 2022


Broom Corn | Video

Broom corn is a type of sorghum that grows 6'-15' tall and is harvested based on when the “brush” or tassel is best for making brooms.

Grown In: 2022


Buckwheat | Video

Buckwheat is a food crop similar to a cereal grain (like wheat and oats) that grows 2-4 feet tall and has abundant white flowers.

Grown In: 2021, 2022


Canola | Video

Canola is a member of the mustard family and grows a yellow, flowering stem that is 4-5 feet tall.

Grown In: 2021


Field Corn | Video

Field corn is a member of the grass family, grows 5-12 feet tall. Each plant produces kernels that are filled with starch and have a hard shell.

Grown In: 2021, 2022


Flax | Video

Flax is a fiber and oilseed crop in which oil is extracted from flax seeds and fibers are extracted from flax stems.

Grown In: 2021, 2022


Gourds | Video

Gourds are a fruit with a hard-shell that come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns.

Grown In: 2021, 2022


Horseradish | Video

Although its leaves can be eaten, horseradish has been cultivated since ancient times for its large, white, tapered root.

Grown In: 2022


Indian Corn | Video

Indian corn is characterized by multi-color kernels that can be yellow, white, purple, red, and blue.

Grown In: 2021, 2022


Oats | Video

Oats are a cereal crop that belong to the grass family.·Oats grow quickly and they grow well in poor soil condition.

Grown In: 2021, 2022


Pearl Millet | Video

Pearl Millet is a grass that grows 4-5 feet tall and produces seeds on a spike that looks similar to a cattail.

Grown In: 2021, 2022


Popcorn | Video

Popcorn is a member of the grass family whose hard kernels can be popped when heated.

Grown In: 2021, 2022


Quinoa | Video

Quinoa is a South American staple crop that produces seeds which are small and edible.

Grown In: 2021, 2022


Red Clover | Video

Red clover is a member of the legume family, grows one to two feet tall, and produces dark green foliage with small purple flowers.

Grown In: 2021, 2022


Rye | Video

In the Midwest, rye is primarily grown as a grain but occasionally for hay or pasture. The plant is similar in appearance to that of wheat and barley.

Grown In: 2022


Safflower | Video

Safflower is a thistle-like plant containing one to five yellow-orange flower heads per branch.

Grown In: 2022


Sorghum | Video

Sorghum, also known as Milo, is a cereal grain plant with seeds that have high carbohydrate content.

Grown In: 2021, 2022


Soybeans | Video

Soybeans are part of the legume family, grow in a pod, and are high in protein.

Grown In: 2021, 2022


Sunflowers | Video

Sunflowers are an oil crop that is highly regarded for its ornamental value.

Grown In: 2021, 2022


Sweet Corn | Video

Sweet corn is the kind of corn consumed by humans as corn on the cob, canned corn, frozen corn, and other corn products.

Grown In: 2021, 2022


Triticale | Video

Triticale is a hybrid of wheat and rye, and, as a result, it assumes many of those crops’ qualities.

Grown In: 2021


Wheat | Video

Wheat is a cereal crop that belongs to the grass family and is a notable staple crop around the world.

Grown In: 2021, 2022


White Corn | Video

White corn, a member of the grass family, is characterized by ears of corn containing kernels that are white in color.

Grown In: 2021, 2022


Why is soil condition so important? (April 25, 2022)

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 (March 7, 2022)

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.


Now Available: Sunflower Birdseed and Popcorn! (February 2, 2022)

Clearview Farm’s Premium Sunflower Birdseed and Yellow Popcorn is available for purchase in the Clearview Farm online shop! 🌽🌻 These products were proudly grown, cleaned, and bagged locally in Champaign County. Prices are as follows: – 2 lb bag of popcorn = $3 – 20 lb bag of sunflower birdseed = $20 Visit https://clearview-farm.square.site/ to […]


Cover crops are doing their jobs at Clearview Farm (January 21, 2022)

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 […]


Clearview Farm’s 2021 Sunflower Harvest (October 14, 2021)

The sunflowers have been harvested! Stay tuned for information on where and when you can buy Clearview Farm sunflower seed birdseed.


Coming Soon: Sunflower Harvest (September 23, 2021)

Sunflowers– a stunning crop moving toward an exciting harvest.


Sunflower Celebration (July 27, 2021)

Help us celebrate the (near) end of sunflower season! We’ll have: Live Music– from Eliza Petry Music Ice Cream– from Crowridge Farm Ice Cream Sunflower Maze Bring your family and friends to enjoy a beautiful evening. This will likely be one of the last days that our sunflowers will be in bloom. Mark “going” on […]


Mid-Season Report (July 26, 2021)

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 […]


Sunrise/Sunset Yoga with the Sunflowers (July 20, 2021)

Join us for a FREE all-levels yoga class in the sunflower field with local yoga and meditation teacher, Kristina Reese.


Stevie Jay interviews Clearview Farm’s Jim Goss and Sophia Hortin (July 14, 2021)

Jim and Sophia sat down with ESPN 93.5’s Stevie Jay to discuss the inspiration for Clearview Farm, the soon-to-bloom sunflower field, and other upcoming crops and future plans.


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