Corn, Soy Prices: ‘New Ball Game Once Growing Season Begins’ – DTN

🕔Apr 24, 2018We are just past mid-April, and sensing the warmth of a new growing season across the Midwest, we have to say that row-crop prices have done fairly well, considering last […]

Illinois Farm Finances: How Will Chinese Tariffs Affect Grain Farms?

🕔Apr 18, 2018Recent events suggest a possibility that China will place a 25% tariff on soybean exports from the United States to China. Such a tariff would result in lower soybean prices […]

Grain Markets: 2018 Acreage Decisions – Steady as She Goes in Rough Waters

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🕔Apr 12, 2018The recent release of the Prospective Planting report and the threat of a 25% tariff on U.S. soybean imports to China has resulted in swings in corn and soybean futures […]

WASDE Coarse Grains: Lower Domestic Corn Demand, Higher Ending Stocks

🕔Apr 10, 2018This month’s 2017/18 U.S. corn outlook is for reduced feed and residual use, slightly lower food, seed, and industrial (FSI) use, and increased ending stocks. FSI is lowered 5 million […]

Corn Prices: How Bullish is USDA’s New Planting Estimate? – DTN

🕔Apr 4, 2018I don’t mean to dwell on the past, but it wasn’t that long ago (Jan. 12) when USDA increased its corn yield estimate to a higher-than-expected 176.6 bushels an acre […]

Midwest Corn: Nitrogen Prices, Rates Cuts, and 2018 Fertilizer Costs

🕔Apr 4, 2018In recent months, nitrogen fertilizer prices have increased, reaching roughly the same levels as in 2017. To achieve lower nitrogen fertilizer costs in 2018 than in 2017, many farmers will […]

Illinois Farmland Values: Cash Rents on Professionally Managed Land in ’18-19

🕔Mar 28, 2018The Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers recently released their estimates of 2018 cash rents as well as their expectations for 2019 cash rents. Cash rent levels […]

Illinois: Trends in Farm Balance Sheets Over Time

🕔Mar 15, 2018Trends in the financial position of Illinois farms are presented in this article. Overall, farms gained financial strength from 2006 to 2012. Since 2012, working capital has declined. The net […]

Corn’s Cinderella Ride: How Long Before It Turns Into A Pumpkin Again? – DTN

🕔Mar 14, 2018For U.S. grain producers, the presence of noncommercial traders in grain futures has always been both a blessing and a curse, and we are already seeing evidence of that again […]

WASDE Coarse Grains: U.S. Corn Demand Raised

🕔Mar 8, 2018This month’s 2017/18 U.S. corn outlook is for larger exports and increased corn used to produce ethanol. Corn used to produce ethanol is raised 50 million bushels to 5.575 billion […]

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