Field Corn Facts

Farm Focus: Field Corn

Learn fun facts about Illinois’ top agricultural commodity – field corn.


The Perfect Dip: Recipes for Dips and Salsas

Whether preparing for a summer cookout or having friends over for the big game, these dips and salsas are great for big groups — or delicious enough to enjoy on your own. These dips and salsa recipes include Zesty Corn and Black Bean Salsa, Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip, Crab Dip, Spicy Summer Salsa, Baked Pumpkin Cheese Dip and Eggplant and Bell Pepper Dip.

Sweet corn recipes

Sweet Corn Recipes: We’re All Ears

Learn about corn varieties, storage tips and recipes including Creamy Chili-Lime Creamed Corn, Corn and Blueberry Salad, Grilled Corn, Black Bean and Avocado Salsa, and Potato Corn Chowder.


A-maizing: Corn Mazes in Illinois

Satellites, artists team up to create this unique farm attraction.

Fair Fare at Home

Fair Fare: Recipes Inspired by the State Fair

There are few things more delicious — and more deep fried — than food at state fairs. Here are some of our favorite fair-inspired recipes.


Recipes That Are Perfect For a Picnic

Grab that red and white checkered blanket and head outside. We’ve got a collection of flavorful recipes to fill your picnic basket and satisfy your appetite. From Salmon Caesar Wraps and Toasted Turkey and Brie Sandwiches to Easy Salt Pickles, Watermelon Tomato Salad and a delicious Summer Slaw.


Farmers Market Recipes

Enjoy the freshness of your local farmers’ fare with a few of these surprisingly easy treats. Recipes include Eggplant, Mozzarella and Pest Gratins, stuffed peppers, gazpacho and a zucchini and corn salad.

Field Corn and Sweet Corn: What’s the Difference?

Corn covers more of Illinois’ farmland than any other crop, yet you’ll need to find a backyard garden for some corn on the cob.

Cornfield in Illinois - September

Corn by the Numbers

Learn fun facts and farmer statistics about corn, such as the size of a bushel of corn.

Corn Field

The Life Cycle of a Corn Plant

Follow the Illinois corn crop through the year from planting in spring to harvesting in fall and its uses beyond.

Q&A With and Illinois Farmer

Q&A With an Illinois Corn Farmer

Since Len Corzine began farming in 1974, the farm has reduced soil erosion, cut fertilizer use per bushel by half, and adopted satellite-guidance technology in its tractors to reduce fuel and chemical use.


Fairbury’s Patriotic Corncrib

Most farmers use metal grain bins to store their harvested crops. But not Norman Young. This is his patriotic corncrib in Fairbury, Illinois.