Illinois: Brightened 2020 Income Outlook for Grain Farms Sep 23, 2020

🕔Sep 23, 2020
In the past month, much has changed in outlook for grain farm income.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is projecting relatively high yields for corn and soybean in Illinois.  […]

Corn, Soybeans: How Did Derecho Damage Affect USDA Reports? – DTN Sep 17, 2020

🕔Sep 17, 2020
One of the biggest wild cards in Friday’s USDA reports was their handling of the derecho damage incurred in August. Wind speeds were above 100 mph in some areas and […]

Illinois: Cash Rents in 2020, Projections for 2021 Sep 16, 2020

🕔Sep 16, 2020
The National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) recently released state and county rents for 2020. In addition, the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers released their projections of […]

Midwestern Hemp Database: A New Tool for Growers Sep 14, 2020

🕔Sep 14, 2020
A “new” crop to Midwestern agriculture, best management practices (BMPs) and varietal performance of industrial hemp have yet to be determined. Hemp producers are required to grow hemp that contains […]

Midwest Cover Crops: Online Tool Aids with Management Decisions Sep 10, 2020

🕔Sep 10, 2020
Cover crops have been shown to improve water and soil quality, reduce erosion and capture nutrients. Choosing the right cover crop, however, can be difficult. The Midwest Cover Crops Council […]

Illinois Soybeans: Wrapping Up Insect Management – Pod, Seed Feeding Sep 10, 2020

🕔Sep 10, 2020
In terms of insect management, we are pretty close to the finish line for corn and soybean in Illinois. However, there has been a late-season onset of bean leaf beetles […]

Illinois Crop Budgets: Wheat-Double-Crop Soybeans Competitive with Corn Sep 9, 2020

🕔Sep 9, 2020
As wheat planting season approaches, we evaluate expected returns for crop rotations that include wheat.  Given current 2021 grain bids, a combination of wheat and double-crop-soybeans is projected more profitable […]

Illinois Soybeans: Red Crown Rot – What to Look For Sep 8, 2020

🕔Sep 8, 2020
Red crown rot is a new disease in the Midwest, and was first detected in 2017 in a single field in Pike county Illinois. The fungal disease is soil-borne and causes […]

Iowa: 18 Counties Designated Natural Disaster Areas to Derecho Sep 3, 2020

🕔Sep 3, 2020
Today, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue designated 18 Iowa counties as primary natural disaster areas, enabling producers who suffered losses because of the recent Derecho, that occurred on August […]

August Droughts Created a Tale of Two Crops – DTN Aug 28, 2020

🕔Aug 28, 2020
To see why the year 2020 may go down in history as the year of broken promises, look no further than Mother Nature. After a sprightly planting pace and good […]

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