USDA Crop Progress: Midwest, Plains Corn Planting Behind – DTN

🕔Apr 24, 2018Soybean planting is on an average pace nationwide, but corn planting remains well behind average in the week ended April 22, according to USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service’s weekly Crop […]

Illinois: Black Cutworm Moth Flight Beginning

🕔Apr 24, 2018Soil temperatures and field activity are increasing along with moth migration from the south. Insect traps (figure 1) are out around the state and we’ve been capturing both true armyworm […]

Nebraska Soybeans: Planting Early is Critical to Maximizing Yield

🕔Apr 23, 2018Data continues to suggest growers are planting soybean earlier than ever before. In fact, over the past three decades, farmers have persistently shifted average soybean planting dates in the North […]

Illinois Corn, Soybeans: Costs of Production in 2017

🕔Apr 23, 2018In 2017, the total of all economic costs per acre for growing corn in Illinois averaged $876 in the northern section, $868 in the central section for farmland with “high” […]

Midwest Planting: Is it Spring Yet? Farmers Waiting for Sunshine – DTN

🕔Apr 20, 2018Cold, snow and rain have kept farmers out of the field across the Midwest, but once the sun starts shining, watch out. “We do have a good forecast, and when […]

Illinois Corn, Soybeans: 5 Tips for Slug Management

🕔Apr 20, 2018Slugs can be a difficult pest to manage when conditions are favorable for them, which has been the case often (particularly in southern Illinois) over the last couple of years. […]

Illinois Wheat: 2018 Fungicide Efficacy Table Available

🕔Apr 20, 2018Each year our national wheat disease working group (NCERA-184) works collaboratively to update the wheat fungicide efficacy table.  We utilize data from our field trials to generate overall fungicide efficacy […]

Illinois Corn Planting: Positive Signs after a Slow Start

🕔Apr 20, 2018Parts of Illinois received some precipitation for the third Sunday in a row (starting with Easter) on April 15, and in a few places, also for the third Sunday in […]

Corn: How Many Days Does It Take to Plant the U.S. Crop?

🕔Apr 20, 2018Corn planting progress in the U.S. is always a staple of market conversations this time of year. The cold and wet conditions (snow!) in the Corn Belt during the first […]

Looming Trade War – An Illinois Ag Perspective

🕔Apr 19, 2018China and the threat of a possible U.S. trade war with the nation have dominated global headlines in recent months. Concerns are that if the world’s two largest economies come […]

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