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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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Dicamba Tolerant Soybeans - Expectations for 2017 - from Aaron Hager

Posted by John Fulton -

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

Posted by John Fulton -

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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Iowa Organic Conference November 13-14

Posted by John Fulton -

There is still time to register for the 16 h Annual Iowa Organic Conference that will be held on Nov. 13-14 on the University of Iowa (UI) campus in Iowa City, as a joint effort between Iowa State University and the UI Office of Sustainability. At this year's conference there will be Farmer-Mentor Round-Tables, which will offer farmers interested in transitioning to organic, or with s...

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Crop Budgets for 2017 and Revised for 2016 - from Gary Schnitkey

Posted by John Fulton -

Revised projections of 2016 crop returns and 2017 crop budgets have been released. For 2016, soybeans are projected to have record-setting yields, leading to higher soybean returns than in 2015. Given that non-land costs and cash rent cuts have occurred, higher soybean returns should cause 2016 net incomes to be higher than 2015 incomes. However, crop budgets suggest very low returns and n...

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Diplodia Ear Rot - from Angie Peltier

Posted by John Fulton -

Corn producers in western and west-southwestern Illinois should be on the lookout for symptoms of Diplodia ear mold during harvest. An informal survey of several grain elevators and farmers in Western Illinois reported up to fifty percent kernel damage in some locations. Factors such as planting date, the timing of rain events after fertilization, and hybrid susceptibility can result in a range...

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