The mission of Illinois Harvest and White Walnut Farms is to conduct successful, large-scale farming and conservation activities, while having a good time.
A big "Thank You" to everyone who helps us fulfill our mission. - The Engelhardt Family
Illinois Harvest grows corn, soybeans and wheat in Perry County, Illinois on a wide variety of terrain and soil types. Conservation is a major priority in our farming activities, and we share around 5% of our corn and soybean crops with the abundant wildlife. Due to the rolling terrain in this southern Illinois County, no-till practices are employed where appropriate and a corn-wheat-soybean rotation is frequently used to maximize the period that cover crops are on the land.
We were honored to have DEKALB film some of the scenes for its 2014 commercial at the Farm. We were also excited to host the Illinois Rural Heritage Museum's 6th Annual Tractor Drive and Banquet at the Farm. Please click on the YouTube videos below and enjoy!
We take pride in the Farm's yield increases resulting from drainage improvements, technology usage, herbicide and fertilizer programs, habitat improvements and better equipment selection. Illinois Harvest's goal is to improve the quality of the lands we farm by using proven technology and good stewardship practices.
If you have an interest in leasing your farmland, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We offer a variety of competitive leasing arrangements and look forward to working with you.
Conservation & Wildlife
White Walnut and Beaucoup Farms own much of the farmland operated by Illinois Harvest. They also own large blocks of timber, large lakes and other wildlife habitat. Two major watersheds, White Walnut Creek and Beaucoup Creek, flow through the Farm property. As you will note in the conservation photo gallery, numerous species of wildlife make the Farm their home.
Recent conservation activities included fish stocking in the lakes, new boat ramps, new waterways, restoring wetlands and improving food plots. One problem is the out of control beaver population which refuses to follow our conservation plan!