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Slideshow: Prairie Farmer asked readers to share their favorite family photos from Illinois ag’s busiest time of year and, boy, did they deliver. Take a look!

Betty Haynes

November 15, 2023

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Farmers across the state have officially reached the finish line for harvest 2023. The National Agricultural Statistics Service indicates that Illinois is projected to be the top-producing soybean state and second highest-producing corn state this year. Not too shabby for a season of spotty rains and questionable growing conditions.

Regardless of yield, there’s one thing about Illinois ag that remains constant — harvest is made possible by farm families across the state, working together until the last bushel leaves the field.

“Ninety-six percent of Illinois farms are family owned and operated, but they’re 100% committed to bringing safe, nutritious, affordable food,” says Lindsay Mitchell, director of communications at IL Corn. Mitchell is a member of the Illinois Farm Families coalition on behalf of IL Corn, along with representatives from the Illinois Beef Association, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Pork Producers Association, Illinois Soybean Association and Midwest Dairy.

Whether your view is from the combine cab or the edge of the field, Prairie Farmer asked for your best multigenerational harvest photos. You absolutely delivered, giving an inside look into the hard work, beauty and family camaraderie that makes Illinois harvest so special.

“Family farms are an important piece of Illinois’ heritage,” Mitchell says. “Consumers around the state can feel good knowing their food is grown and raised by families for families.”

Here’s to you, Illinois farmers. Keep up the great work!

About the Author(s)

Betty Haynes

Betty Haynes is the associate editor of Prairie Farmer. She grew up on a Menard County, Ill., farm and graduated from the University of Missouri. Most recently, Betty worked for the Illinois Beef Association, entirely managing and editing its publication.

She and her husband, Dan, raise corn, soybeans and cattle with her family near Petersburg, Ill., and are parents to Clare.

Betty recently won the Emerging Photographer Award from the Ag Communicators Network during the 2022 Ag Media Summit and placed in the Emerging Writer category as well.

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