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Does corn come in ears so it can hear itself grow?

By Nancy Shevel The Illinois climate and the state’s complex diversity of soils helps farmers produce many agricultural commodities including cows, sheep, poultry, fruits, and vegetables. According to the USDA, […]

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Getting down to earth with the worms

By Nancy Shevel About 4,400 different species of worms are grouped into five families. Of those thousands of species, 2,700 are considered earthworms. American gardens are called home by at […]

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Ferns are your helpful older friends

By Nancy Shevel Feeling old? The earliest fossil records of ferns date back about 360 million years ago (Devonian Period). The first humans (hominins) started appearing only 6 million years […]

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Our trees and how they care for us

By Nancy Shevel Trees provide enjoyment and beauty to our landscapes and community. Studies have shown that hospital patients recover faster if their room offers a view of trees! Conversely, […]

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Weeds – friend, foe, or dinner?

By Nancy Shevel It’s been said that weeds are just a “plant out of place.” Most of your typical yard weeds were brought here by European settlers. That “ out […]

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Time to grow the garden of your dreams

With all the foliage gone, now is the perfect time to start planning. If you have some open areas in your gardens or landscape, there are several summer blooming bulbs […]

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