Extension celebrates centennial
Illinois might have been known for growing clover and cranberries rather than corn and soybeans if farmers in the early 1900s hadn’t followed recommendations from University of Illinois Extension agents to apply lime to the state’s highly acidic soil.
“Lime is made of calcium carbonate, which is also an ingredient in cement, so farmers feared using it. They thought it would make the soil hard,” said Robert Hoeft, U of I Director of Extension in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.
According to Hoeft, the use of lime is just one of the ways the Extension, celebrating its 100th anniversary, has contributed to the state over the last century.
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