The Corn Crib Hosts Second Summer Twilight Meeting

the corn crib

The University of Illinois Extension is teaming up with area farmers to provide four twilight meetings to highlight and demonstrate diverse farming enterprises across southern Illinois. These events are sponsored by Illinois Stewardship Alliance, and anyone involved or interested in local food production is encouraged and invited to attend.

Donnie and Shirley Ahrens, owners/operators, of The Corn Crib are excited to be hosting our second twilight meeting on Monday, July 21, 2014 from 6-8 PM.  Located in Gallatin County just west of Shawneetown, IL, Donnie and Shirley opened their roadside stand, The Corn Crib, eight years ago.  They have been involved in Illinois’ commercial vegetable industry for a long time, and Donnie has been successfully raising sweet corn for over 40 years.  The Corn Crib practices intensive vegetable production by utilizing black plastic mulch, trickle irrigation, and integrated pest management techniques.  The main crops they grow include sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, melons, cucumbers, squash, green beans, and pumpkins.  This husband and wife team work really well together, with Donnie handling the production side of the business and Shirley running the farm stand.

Over the course of the evening, Donnie and Shirley will talk about their experiences in raising and selling vegetables, especially sweet corn in southern Illinois.  Dr. Rick Weinzierl, Professor/Extension Entomologist, University of Illinois, Crop Sciences, will provide an update on corn earworm control in sweet corn.  Derrill Kregel, Rispen Seeds, will be on hand to discuss the different types of sweet corn varieties.

DATE:              Monday, July 21, 2014
TIME:               6-8 PM
LOCATION:      The Corn Crib, Rt. 13, Shawneetown, IL
DIRECTIONS:   From Interstate 57, take the Marion/Harrisburg exit, go east on Rt. 13 through Marion and Harrisburg.  Continue east on Rt. 13 towards Shawneetown.  The Corn Crib is located on the south side of Rt. 13 about 1 mile west of Shawneetown.

This program is provided at no cost but pre-registration is required.  Please register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/ghhpsw/ no later than July 20, 2014.  We would like to thank the Illinois Stewardship Alliance for their sponsorship of these meetings.  For more information or to register by phone, please call Bronwyn Aly at 618-382-2662 or email baly@illinois.edu .