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Frequent information updates for agricultural audiences

Growing Small Fruits - from Mike Roegge

Posted by John Fulton -

It's a long time between now and next spring, but it will be here before you know it. And for those of you considering a planting of small fruits, you really need to begin getting ready now. Often times the most popular varieties of plants are sold out shortly after the first of the year. So now is the time to place the order. There really is nothing in comparison to the taste of a freshly pick...

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Incomes More Sensitive to Price Declines on Cash Rent Farms from Gary Schnitkey

Posted by John Fulton -

Grain farms with a higher percentage of their acres cash rented will have much lower incomes when commodity prices decline than farms with lower percentages cash rented. This is illustrated for a 1,200 cash grain farm under four different price scenarios. The farm used in income projections is a 1,200 acre grain farm that is further described in a November 17, 2011 farmdoc daily entry...

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What is in an average cash rent? by Gary Schnitkey

Posted by John Fulton -

Published average cash rents mask the variability that exists in the farmland rental markets. To quantify variability, 2010 cash rents from individual farms in the Illinois Farm Business Farm Management (FBFM) are subtracted from average cash rents published by the National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS). The resulting distribution is shown in Figure 1. In 2010, 35 percent of the farm...

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Android App for Nitrogen Application

Posted by John Fulton -

Illinois growers can now access a new "app" on their Android phones that calculates optimum nitrogen fertilizer application rates, said Dennis Bowman, University of Illinois crop systems Extension educator. A few years ago, U of I Extension specialists started recommending the Maximum Return to Nitrogen (MRTN) model for calculating the economic optimum nitrogen rate. Several Corn Belt s...

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2011 Corn and Soybean Yield Data From U of I plots is Available

Posted by John Fulton -

The 2011 Yield Data from University of Illinois Trials is available online at http://vt.cropsci.illinois.edu/ Just go to the site, click the crop in the upper left corner, then select the region of the state under the year you are wanting....

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Corn and Soybean Classics Program Schedule

Posted by John Fulton -

The 2012 University of Illinois Corn & Soybean Classics will mark the 15 th year of this educational program related to crop production and pest management. "The 2012 program emphasizes crop production, pest management, economics, and the interactions among them," said Aaron Hager, U of I Extension weed specialist. "Market updates will be provided throughout the day, and c...

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Agricultural Events Listing Posted

Posted by John Fulton -

A list of area agricultural events and registration links has been posted at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/downloads/40834.doc...

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Corn After Corn Yield Drag and Break-Even - from Gary Schnitkey

Posted by John Fulton -

Many Illinois farmers have been disappointed with 2011 corn-after-corn yields, reporting significantly lower corn-after-corn yields compared to corn-after-soybean yields. So as to provide guidance for 2012 planting decisions, break-even corn-after-corn yields are calculated for farms in northern, central Illinois with high-productivity farmland (central-high), central Illinois with low-producti...

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