Illinois Soybeans: Stem Zone Lines Do Not Indicate Charcoal Rot

🕔Nov 12, 2018Charcoal rot is a disease that we see in years where soybeans are stressed for a significant portion of the season due to drought.  If you look at older references and […]

Dicamba: States Scramble to Get a Grip – DTN

🕔Nov 9, 2018Indiana has decided to drop all state-led dicamba training, Illinois may have to certify thousands of applicators, and Arkansas is considering in-season dicamba use in 2019.

Illinois Soybeans: Too Wet to Sample for SCN? Spring Is Still an Option.

🕔Nov 9, 2018Soybean Cyst Nematode is an extremely important, yield limiting pathogen of soybeans in Illinois, reducing yields an average of 1-3% across the state.  As I have written in earlier posts, sampling […]

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 […]

Illinois Weather: Bone-Chilling Changes in October

🕔Nov 6, 2018Illinois’ weather in October was a mixed bag of conditions with temperatures in the 90s, the first fall frost, the first snow of the season and widespread heavy rains, according to […]

Illinois Soybeans: Late Season Stem Discoloration – What Caused It?

🕔Nov 2, 2018The harvest in 2018 has been marred by frequent rains that resulted in soybeans in portions of the state being left out longer than desired.  As expected, more attention to […]

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 […]

Illinois: Fall Fertilization – Be Aware of Costs While Covering Nutrient Basics

🕔Oct 30, 2018With harvest winding down in most of Illinois after another year with high to very high yields, it’s time to review some basics of fall fertilization. Neither fertilizer nor grain […]

Missouri: 38 Counties Designated Natural Disaster Areas to Drought

🕔Oct 25, 2018Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 38 Missouri counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers who suffered losses due to a recent drought may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture […]

Illinois Farm Finances: Grain Farms in Strong Position Despite Price Downturn

🕔Oct 24, 2018Over time working capital has deteriorated and debt-to-asset ratios have increased on grain farms across the Midwest. Average levels of working capital and debt-to-asset ratios still suggest an overall strong […]

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