FREEPORT, Ill (WIFR)-- The extension office at the University of Illinois is sharing information to help producers have a successful 2020, and according to a Statista report, the state of Illinois has the seventh most farms in the United States.
"The fact that were putting these programs on, it has a lot of value to our stakeholders and this is information they may not otherwise be able to get,” Phillip Alberti, a commercial agriculture educator said.
Farmers had a difficult time planting their crops on time over the past two years due to weather.
"We had a very odd season because it was very wet early, a lot of people didn't even plant corn in some parts of the state," Nathan Kleczewski, a planned pathologist said.
A poor crop season affects every Illinois resident.
"Certainly in a state like Illinois that's an agricultural powerhouse it has a tremendous impact on the economy at the local level and at the statewide level," Nick Seiter, a field crop entomologist said.
To help producers achieve their goals the event shared tips on how to avoid crop disease, fight insects, and create a better planting schedule. Farmer Ryan Keltner has some very simple things he wants to accomplish in 2020.
"Earn a living for our families and produce food for the world,” Keltner said.