Planting Trees Alongside Crops by The 21st published on 2019-10-23T19:38:34Z When you think “Illinois crops”, two big ones come to mind: corn and soybeans, often as far as the eye can see if you’re driving down the interstate. Illinois farmers grow, sell, and in many cases export massive amounts of both. But there are also farmers who want to try something different. Something that they say is better for the soil, for the climate and in the long run, even the bottom line. It involves planting trees alongside crops or livestock in a practice that’s often called “agroforestry.” Scott Williams is co-owner of Fields Restored in the town of Oregon. About half an hour south of Rockford. Kaitie Adams is the research and demonstration farm manager at the Savanna Institute which is a non-profit that aims to spread this practice to more farms in the Midwest. Dana Vollmer reported on this for Peoria Public Radio.