Ag Trade: What to Expect from the New NAFTA

🕔Nov 16, 2018After more than a year of talks, the US, Canada, and Mexico struck a new trade deal to replace NAFTA, known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. The agreement […]

Conservation: How Cost Efficient Are N Loss Reduction Practices?

🕔Nov 15, 2018Subsurface tile drainage networks significantly underpin agriculture across the US Midwest with Illinois alone possessing nearly 10 million tiled acres. However, nitrogen that leaves Midwestern fields in tile drainage water […]

Hubbs on Grain: Corn Prices Unimpressed by Smaller Crop

🕔Nov 12, 2018The USDA reports released on November 8 contained a lower corn yield, significant revisions to Chinese corn data, and a downward revision of some major corn consumption categories.  Corn prices […]

Illinois: Crop Insurance – Soybean Harvest Prices Lowest Since 2006

🕔Nov 7, 2018The 2018 harvest prices used to determine revenue on crop insurance products are $3.68 per bushel for corn and $8.60 per bushel for soybeans. While both the corn and soybean […]

Cornbelt: Reducing Nutrient Loss – Understanding the Variables

🕔Nov 5, 2018This article reviews USDA-funded agricultural research seeking to apply data, technology and a full range of science to the challenge of managing farm nutrients. Using the 4Rs is Key A […]

Illinois: What Could Change the 2019 Corn, Soy Return Outlook?

🕔Oct 31, 2018The outlook for 2019 corn and soybean returns is lower than returns in recent years. However, higher returns are possible under other economic and agronomic situations than those used to […]

Hubbs on Grain: What Will Acreage Look Like in 2019?

🕔Oct 30, 2018As we finish harvest, considerable speculation will occur over the next few months about the acreage decisions farmers will make in 2019.  Current market conditions support an acreage increase in […]

Indiana: Crop Share Net Returns vs. 2 Flexible Cash Leases

🕔Oct 29, 2018A recent article used a case farm in west central Indiana to illustrate net returns to land derived from crop share, fixed cash rent, and flexible cash lease arrangements.  This […]

IPM: Economic Thresholds – What Are They, How Are They Developed?

🕔Oct 25, 2018An insect control action (such as spraying an insecticide or planting a corn hybrid that incorporates a Bt trait) is only justified once the population of an insect pest reaches […]

Illinois Farm Family Business: 2019 Budgets – Don’t Forget Family Living Costs

🕔Oct 22, 2018In 2017, the total noncapital living expenses of 1,219 farm families enrolled in the Illinois Farm Business Farm Management Association (FBFM) average was $79,798–or $6,650 a month for each family. […]

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