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 […]

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 […]

Illinois Corn, Soybeans: How Have Trade Negotiations Affected Prices?

🕔Aug 1, 2018Introduction China has become an increasingly important trading partner for U.S. agriculture, which makes the escalation of the conflict over tariffs and retaliation particularly troubling for American farmers.  In Illinois, […]

Farm Bill: Alternatives for ARC-CO and PLC – The Case of Corn

🕔Jul 25, 2018The House and Senate have respectively passed their versions of a 2018 Farm Bill and now a conference committee will attempt to work out differences. Both the House and Senate […]

Illinois Soybeans: Will Crop Insurance Payments Offset Low Prices in 2018?

🕔Jul 18, 2018Trade disputes have roiled commodity markets and created substantial uncertainty about the impact on agricultural exports, especially to China. China’s response to the Administration’s proposed tariffs included tariffs on U.S. […]

U.S. Corn, Soy, Wheat – Tariffs and Embargoes – Long Term Implications

🕔Jul 17, 2018With the implementation of tariffs taking effect, President Donald Trump’s trade policy has roiled commodity markets.  Tariffs have been imposed on U.S. imports, triggering counter-tariffs on U.S. exports with ag […]

EPA 2019 RFS Proposed Rulemaking: What You See Is Not What You Get

🕔Jul 13, 2018On June 26, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its proposed rule for establishing the volume obligations under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) (EPA Proposed Rule).  If finalized, the […]

Farm Bill, 2018: Next Up – Resolving 5 Key Issues Between House and Senate

🕔Jul 6, 2018On June 28, 2018, the Senate overwhelmingly passed its version of the 2018 farm bill with an historic 86 to 11 vote (U.S. Senate, Roll Call Vote 143). Senate passage followed […]

Cover Crops: Understanding Budget Implications

🕔Jun 29, 2018Farmers remain under pressure to adopt practices that will reduce nutrient losses from their fields and cover crops are considered the most effective in-field practice for reducing nitrogen and phosphorus […]

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