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Frequent information updates for agricultural audiences

USDA Stocks and Acreage Report Released

Posted by John Fulton -
The USDA's much anticipated March Grain Stocks and Prospective Plantings reports were released today. Those estimates allow for some tweaking of the 2014-15 marketing year corn and soybean balanc...

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Expected Corn and Soybean Returns and Shifts in Acres - from Gary Schnitkey

Posted by John Fulton -
Tomorrow's (March 31) release of USDA's Prospective Plantings report will focus attention on 2015 plantings of corn and soybean. Many expect corn acres to decrease and soybean acres to increase. Where acreage shifts could occur are examined by calculating 2015 expected corn minus soybean returns for counties in the United States. These projections suggest that shifts to soybeans are mo...

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2014 County Yields Released by the National Ag Statistics Service

Posted by John Fulton -
The National Ag Statistics Office has released 2014 corn and soybean yields by county on February 19. The state average corn yield was 200 bushels per acre, compared to the 178 bushel average of the 2013 season. Logan County averaged 230.8 bushels per acre and Sangamon County averaged 226.8. Menard County had an average yield of 222.7. Top corn yield counties were Macon with 236 bushels...

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Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale - from Travis Meteer

Posted by John Fulton -
Commercial cow-calf producers and seedstock breeders interested in purchasing a total performance-tested bull will want to attend the 2015 Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 19, at 11 a.m. at the Livestock Center on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. The sale will be the lead-off event for the Illinois Beef Expo. There are 69 bulls cataloged i...

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ARC-CO and PLC Payment Indicator for 2014 Crop Year: December 2014 WASDE U.S. Yield and Price - from Zulauf and Schnitkey

Posted by John Fulton -
This article provides payment indicators for ARC-CO and PLC based on the December 10, 2014 WASDE U.S. yield and U.S. price projections for barley, corn, oats, long grain rice, medium (and short) grain rice, sorghum, soybeans, and wheat. Previous estimates were made using the August, September, and October WASDEs ( World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates ). Peanuts is added in this...

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ARC-CO and PLC Payment Indicator for 2014 Crop Year: September 2014 WASDE U.S. Yield and Price Updated by Carl Zulauf and Gary Schnitkey

Posted by John Fulton -
This article updates our August 12, 2014 farmdoc daily article, "ARC-CO and PLC Payment Indicator Using August WASDE U.S. Price and Yield." The update reflects U.S. yield and U.S. price estimates in the September 11, 2014 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) for barley, corn, oats, long grain rice, medium (and short) grain rice, sorghum, soybeans, and wheat....

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2014 Average Cash Rents for Cropland and Pasture Released by the National Ag Statistics Service

Posted by John Fulton -
2014 average cash rents have been released by county by the National Ag Statistics Service. Non-irrigated averages charged in the 2014 growing season were: Logan $308, DeWitt $282, McLean $277, Mason $210, and Sangamon $302. Menard and Macon did not have enough respondents to report individually, and their combined average was $263. Pasture rents were also included with Logan at $28, DeWitt $...

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