Ag Economy: Producer Sentiment Falls for 2nd Month; Rising Input Costs a Concern – Ag Barometer Jul 8, 2021

🕔Jul 8, 2021
For the second month in a row, the Ag Economy Barometer declined sharply, falling to a reading of 137, which was 21 points below a month earlier, and the weakest ag producer […]

Grain Farms: High Commodity Prices Lead to Increased Production Costs Jun 14, 2021

🕔Jun 14, 2021
Over time, per acre input costs on grain farms tend to rise with commodity price increases. In this article, we illustrate this relationship for corn in 1) central Illinois using […]

California Almonds: May Spray Considerations in a Tight Fiscal Year May 6, 2021

🕔May 6, 2021
Over the past month I have received numerous phone calls and texts asking different versions of the same question: When almond prices are low, how can a grower cut costs? […]

Midwest Corn, Soybeans: Fertilizer Price Increases for 2021 Production Apr 21, 2021

🕔Apr 21, 2021
Fertilizer prices have increased since fall 2020. These price increases lead to rising fertilizer costs for farms, with the timing of fertilizer purchases impacting the level of fertilizer costs associated […]

Illinois Grain Farms: The Impact of Power and Equipment Costs Mar 22, 2021

🕔Mar 22, 2021
With tightening margins and greater amounts of uncertainty, producers are looking for ways to cut costs.  In this article, we will look at power and equipment costs components, how they […]

Soybeans: Research, Tech Combine to Reduce Input Costs – DTN Nov 17, 2020

🕔Nov 17, 2020
When Mother Nature cooperates, variable-rate research proves soybean growers can plant 100,000 seeds per acre to grow 75,000 uniform plants for optimum yield. But, given spring and summer weather extremes, […]

Corn: Optimize Planting Rates to Maximize Return on Investment – DTN Oct 16, 2020

🕔Oct 16, 2020
John Verell III is a corn-yield champion, but pushing seeding rates is not part of his winning strategy on his farm, near Jackson, Tennessee. In 2019, a yield of 320.8 […]

Illinois Corn: Cutting Fertilizer Rates to Save Costs Aug 26, 2020

🕔Aug 26, 2020
Many farmers could experience greater financial returns by reducing fertilizer rates.  Many farmers apply nitrogen at rates above those recommended by land grant university research.  Moreover, in 2017, UIUC university […]

Illinois Corn, Soybeans: 2021 Crop Budgets Available Aug 5, 2020

🕔Aug 5, 2020
Planning for the 2021 crop will begin soon with the determination of 2021 cash rents, selection of 2021 seed hybrids and varieties, application of fertilizers and commencement of fall tillage. […]

Illinois Corn, Soybeans: 2021 Crop Budgets with Current Price Estimates Jul 22, 2020

🕔Jul 22, 2020
Corn and soybean budgets for 2021 are shown using prices of $3.40 per bushel for corn and $8.50 per bushel for soybeans. Without additional Federal aid, these prices would result […]

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