Illinois: Bitter Cold Jan. Likely Won’t Reduce Crop Pests

🕔Mar 15, 2019Despite record cold air temperatures, soil temperatures averaged slightly warmer than normal in Illinois this winter. Consequently, the arctic conditions are expected to have little effect on overwintering field crop […]

Tar Spot – FYI: Field Management Required – DTN

🕔Mar 14, 2019If you dealt with any tar spot infection in your cornfields last year, Jim Donnelly has some advice for you: Get used to it — but don’t panic. Researchers are […]

Illinois Soybeans: 4 Considerations for Planting in 2019

🕔Mar 12, 2019Average Illinois soybean yield first exceeded 50 bushels per acre in 2004, when it was 50.5 bushels. It was 51.5 bushels in 2010, and 50 bushels in 2013. Over the […]

Grain Transportation: Snow-Related Shipping Delays Bedevil Railroads – DTN

🕔Mar 7, 2019Snowfall records fell all over the western U.S in February, from Seattle to Spokane, Washington, to Missoula, Montana, based on a report by the Minneapolis Star Tribune on March 1. […]

Illinois: 2019 Crop Insurance Guarantees

🕔Mar 6, 2019The 2019 projected prices for setting crop insurance guarantees in Midwest states are $4.00 per bushel for corn and $9.54 per bushel for soybeans.  In this article, revenue guarantees are […]

Illinois Soybeans: Dicamba – 5 State Specific Restrictions

🕔Mar 4, 2019The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) announced today it will require Special Local Needs labels, including new restrictions, for the use of the herbicide dicamba on soybeans in Illinois for […]

Planting Decisions Ongoing – Snow, Rain Delay Field Work – DTN

🕔Mar 1, 2019With snow blanketing large swaths of the Midwest, and rains drenching parts of the South, it can be hard to imagine how the country’s frigid, soaked fields will ever be […]

Illinois Crop Returns: How Will Corn Fare vs. Soybeans in 2019?

🕔Feb 20, 2019Attention is beginning to focus on planting decisions of farmers in 2019, with some speculation that acres will shift from soybeans to corn.  Even given declines in expected soybean prices, […]

Illinois: Do Farm Family Living Costs Differ by Region?

🕔Feb 18, 2019We know that the cost of living differs among cities throughout Illinois.  Do farm families also have different costs of living based on what part of Illinois they live in?  […]

Illinois Soybeans: How Can You Make Up for Poor Seed Quality?

🕔Feb 8, 2019This year many in the Illinois agricultural community have had questions and concerns regarding soybean seed quality.  If you recall, many areas in Illinois suffered from persistent late season rains which delayed […]

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