Illinois Bt Corn: Rootworm Resistance? You Still Have Options

🕔Jan 21, 2019The development of resistance to Bt Cry toxins by the western corn rootworm is a growing concern, highlighted by the recent confirmation of field-evolved resistance to Cry34/35Ab1 in Iowa. Across […]

Illinois Grain Farms Should Expect Negative Incomes in 2019

🕔Jan 16, 2019In 2018, many grain farms in Illinois will have incomes above $70,000 per farm, the average from 2013 to 2017. Incomes in 2019 could be negative on many farms. While […]

Illinois: 4 Upcoming Crop Management Conferences in Jan., Feb.4

🕔Jan 15, 2019What do you need to know for the 2019 growing season? The University of Illinois will address several key topics at four regional conferences around the state in January and […]

Illinois Grains: Prudent Approach – Plan For Low 2019 Incomes

🕔Jan 2, 2019Editor’s Note: This is a presentation summary from the 2018 Illinois Farm Economics Summit (IFES) which occurred December 17-21, 2018. A complete collection of presentations including PowerPoint Slides (PPT) and […]

Illinois: Dicamba Buffers, Training, and Licensing – What to Know for 2019

🕔Dec 21, 2018The EPA renewed the labels of three dicamba-containing products used in dicamba-resistant soybean varieties on October 31, 2018. These renewed labels also contain new restrictions and requirements that did not […]

Illinois Farm Finances: Incidence of High Debt-to-Asset Ratios Grow Over Time

🕔Dec 19, 2018Average debt-to-asset ratios on Illinois grain farms have increased since 2013. At the same time, the percent of farms with debt-to-asset ratios over 0.5 also rose, increasing from 7% at […]

Illinois Soybeans: Dectes Stem Borer and Lodged Plants

🕔Nov 29, 2018Many soybean growers have had problems with lodging at harvest this year. The primary culprit for this (as for many of our woes this fall) was the extended period of […]

Farm Business: 7 Financial, Risk Management Suggestions for 2019

🕔Nov 14, 2018With planning for next year’s crop underway, this article makes suggestions related to financial and risk management for grain farms.  Projections for extremely low income in 2019 set the overall […]

Illinois Soybeans: Stem Zone Lines Do Not Indicate Charcoal Rot

🕔Nov 12, 2018Charcoal rot is a disease that we see in years where soybeans are stressed for a significant portion of the season due to drought.  If you look at older references and […]

Illinois Soybeans: Too Wet to Sample for SCN? Spring Is Still an Option.

🕔Nov 9, 2018Soybean Cyst Nematode is an extremely important, yield limiting pathogen of soybeans in Illinois, reducing yields an average of 1-3% across the state.  As I have written in earlier posts, sampling […]

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