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Around the County

Frequent information updates for agricultural audiences

Illinois Farm Economics Summit is coming to Springfield December 20, 2017

Posted by Terri Miller -

Hello "Around The County" subscribers! Just wanted to let you know that the 2017 Illinois Farm Economics Summit is coming to Springfield Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza. This year's timely topic is " Profitability of Illinois Agriculture: Managing Financial Stress ". I hope you can join me at this GREAT annual event featuring e...

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Soybean export prospects for 2017-18

Posted by Terri Miller -

Wanted to take a moment to share Todd Hubbs soybean export prospect report. URBANA, Ill. – United States soybean exports will play a significant role in determining soybean prices this marketing year. According to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs, the recent level of soybean exports from the United States trails last...

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Determining the Average Cash Rent Based on Productivity Index

Posted by Terri Miller -

Looking for a better way to determine average cash rents? Gary Schnitkey with the U of I has some good information posted on FarmDoc Daily. Permalink: http://farmdocdaily.illinois.edu/2017/11/determining-average-cash-rent-productivity-index.html Individuals often desire...

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2016 Crop Yields by County

Posted by John Fulton -

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

Posted by John Fulton -

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

Posted by John Fulton -

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

Posted by John Fulton -

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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