What a Plant Needs Activity

In this hands-on activity, water beads of different colors represent the things a plant needs to grow and thrive.

Students put one of each color in a baggie with a seed and then watch is sprout!

Recommended for Grades 3-5.

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Farm Fresh Podcast: Fertilizer Feeds Plants

Ever wondered what’s in those white tanks you see out in farm fields during spring or fall? It’s a fertilizer – called anhydrous ammonia – that provides an essential nutrient to plants. Find out more in this week’s Farm Fresh Podcast with local farmer Fred Grieder.

Grieder also serves as president of the McLean County Farm Bureau and shares a few thoughts on the Illinois state budget impasse.

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

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Farm Fresh Podcast: Fertilizer Feeds Plants

White "nurse tanks" are used to apply a form of nitrogen fertilizer called anhydrous ammonia to fields. Nitrogen is an essential nutrient for plants and anhydrous ammonia has the highest nitrogen content of any commercial fertilizer. Photo courtesy of Illinois Farm Bureau.

White “nurse tanks” are used to apply a form of nitrogen fertilizer called anhydrous ammonia to fields. Nitrogen is an essential nutrient for plants and anhydrous ammonia has the highest nitrogen content of any commercial fertilizer. Photo courtesy of Illinois Farm Bureau.

Ever wondered what’s in those white tanks you see out in farm fields during spring or fall? It’s a fertilizer – called anhydrous ammonia – that provides an essential nutrient to plants. Find out more in this week’s Farm Fresh Podcast with local farmer Fred Grieder.

Grieder also serves as president of the McLean County Farm Bureau and shares a few thoughts on the Illinois state budget impasse.

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

Farm Fresh Podcast: Soggy Summer, Dry Fall

Empty fields all around central Illinois indicate the 2015 harvest season is coming to a close. Excess rain in June caused concern early in the growing season, but did it make a big dent in corn or soybean yields?

WJBC host Terry James catches up with McLean County grain farmer, Gerald Thompson to find out how the soggy summer and dry fall factored into  the end results for this year’s harvest on the Farm to Table segment episode 11.4.15.

Catch the “Farm to Table” segment every Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. on WJBC Radio.

Farm Fresh Answers Podcast
Farm Fresh Answers Podcast
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