Illinois Corn, Soybeans: 2019 Crop Budgets Suggest Dismal Returns

🕔Sep 19, 2018Due to lower soybean prices and higher costs, budgets suggest returns will be very low for corn and soybeans in 2019.  Conserving cash, cutting investments, reducing costs, and renegotiating cash […]

Illinois Corn, Soybeans: 2018 Gross Revenue Depends on Yields, Pre-Harvest Hedging

🕔Sep 12, 2018Recently released yield estimates and the announcement of Market Facilitation Program details allows for more accurate estimates of 2018 gross revenue for corn and soybeans. Gross revenue in 2018 could […]

Trade Aid for Farmers: Dollars and “Sense” – USDA Market Facilitation Program

🕔Aug 29, 2018USDA released details on aid it will provide to farmers in response to trade disputes, resulting in tariffs instituted by the U.S. and retaliatory tariffs from trading partners, especially China. […]

Kansas Corn Growers Disappointed with Penny from USDA Trade Aid

🕔Aug 29, 2018USDA’s trade aid package is a disappointment to corn farmers, according to Kansas Corn Growers Association President Ken McCauley, White Cloud. McCauley commented on the one-cent-per-bushel allocation for corn in […]

Soybean Market: How Big an Impact Does China Have on Global Trade?

🕔Aug 22, 2018Soybeans are one of the products at the center of President Trump’s use of tariffs to impact trade policy. China has imposed a 25% counter-tariff on US soybeans. It buys […]

Cover Crops: Cereal Rye – Weighing the Costs vs. Benefits

🕔Aug 15, 2018Many farmers begin experimenting with cover crops by planting cereal rye into corn stalks with the following crop being soybeans (see NREC Guide for more detail).  This article discusses some of the […]

Farm Bill: Conference Negotiations Begin

🕔Aug 10, 2018Congress has completed the procedural steps necessary to begin conference negotiations on the two 2018 farm bills produced by the House and Senate.  Additionally, the Congressional Budget Office has updated […]

Illinois Corn, Soybeans: Crop Budgets for 2018-19 – Low Returns Ahead

🕔Aug 8, 2018Corn and soybean returns for high-productivity farms in central Illinois are projected for 2018 and 2019.  Corn and soybean prices have declined in recent months, with trade disputes impacting those […]

Cash Rents, 2019: Potential Trade Disruptions Increase Uncertainty

🕔Aug 3, 2018Landowners and farmers will soon begin thinking about setting 2019 cash rent levels with the current trade uncertainty as a backdrop to those rental negotiations.  The possibility of trade disruptions […]

Free Trade: Why Has the U.S. Reversed Long-Standing Positions?

🕔Aug 3, 2018An overlooked question in the debate over President Trump’s trade policy is “Why has the U.S. reversed long-standing positions on free trade?” It is important to ponder this question, especially […]

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