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By Isaac Smith
The Carbondale Southern Illiniosan 

Randolph county berry farm uses new technology to tame crop


STEELEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — David Knop is not scared of risk. That's why when he looked at the 14 acres behind is home in rural Steeleville he had no problem with planting organic blackberries in hopes for a harvest in the next two years.

Knop, who comes from a background of traditional grain farming in Randolph County, said he had been looking for something to do with the land for some time and when grain prices began to sink in the last few years, he started to think outside the box.

"Grain farming is not the best crop to be in, or field to be in right now. Prices are low," Knop said.


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