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John Fulton
Former County Extension Director



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2016 Crop Yields by County

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2016 County Crop Yields Released The National Ag Statistics Office has released 2016 corn and soybean yields by county on February 23. The state average corn yield was 197 bushels per acre, compared to the 175 bushel per acre average of the 2015 season. The 2016 yield averages were Logan with 219.4 bushels per acre, Menard with 209.3, and Sangamon with 222.1. By comparison, last year Lo...

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Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale - from Travis Meteer

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Commercial cow-calf producers and seed stock breeders interested in purchasing a total performance tested bull will want to attend the 2017 Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale. The sale will be the leadoff event of the Illinois Beef Expo. There are 67 bulls cataloged with 27 being longer-aged 2015 mature bulls and 40 yearlings. A breakdown of the breeds includes 42 Angus, 20 Simmental and Sim...

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Bi-Weekly National Organic Comprehensive Report Available

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The December 21, 2016 issue of the Bi-Weekly National Organic Comprehensive Report is now available on the Market News website:...

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2017 Crop Budgets and Current Prices Say Switch to Soybeans and Expect Low Returns - from Gary Schnitkey and Darrel Good

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Current 2017 fall delivery bids for central Illinois are near $10 per bushel for soybeans while corn is near $3.60 per bushel. At those prices, soybeans are projected to be near $80 per acre more profitable than corn, sending a strong signal to switch acres from corn to soybeans. With increased 2017 soybean plantings, consideration should be given to pricing production on additional acres,...

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Dicamba Tolerant Soybeans - Expectations for 2017 - from Aaron Hager

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One barrier to weed control on soybean farms has just been lifted. In early November, the Environmental Protection Agency approved a label allowing use of the herbicide dicamba in dicamba-resistant soybean, although only one commercial product received that label. Many Illinois farmers anticipate this technology will provide a much-needed method to control weeds that are resistant to multiple h...

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2016 Illinois Farm Economics Summit

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Should cash rents be lowered? If yes, by how much? How much relief will be seen through lower fertilizer and seed prices? What are the prospects for grain prices to recover from current depressed levels? The University of Illinois Extension and members of the farmdoc team from the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics in the College of ACES is offering a series of five Farm Economic...

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Menard County Cover Crop Plot Day

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