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Black Cutworm Moths for 2014

This is an update on the black cutworm pheromone trapping program for 2014. There was an intense capture in Logan County covering the weekend of the 12th and 13th of April. Based on models, the predicted date for first cutting would be May 14, 2014 from this intense flight and moth capture. You can keep yourself updated on black cutworm moth catches at...

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Posted by John Fulton at 1:28PM on 4/17/2014
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2014 Cash Rents on Professionally Managed Farmland - from Gary Schnitkey

Recently, the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers announced 2014 cash rents on professionally managed farmland. Overall, 2014 cash rents on professionally managed farmland are projected to be lower than 2013 rents, perhaps signaling a move to lower cash rents in broader categories of farmland in 2015. Professionally...

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Posted by John Fulton at 12:37PM on 4/1/2014
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ARC-PLC Decision: Importance of the Price Path - The Case of Corn- from Carl Zulauf and Gary Schnitkey

ARC-PLC Decision: Importance of the Price Path - The Case of Corn Overview Farms will have to decide between the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. The decision covers the 2014 through 2018 crop years. Because the decision covers all 5 years, can onl...

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Posted by John Fulton at 11:07AM on 3/24/2014
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Cost to Produce Corn and Soybeans in 2013 - from Brandy M. Krapf, Dwight D. Raab and Bradley L. Zwilling

In 2013, the total of all economic costs per acre for growing corn in Illinois averaged $1,033 in the northern section, $966 in the central section for farmland with "high" soil ratings, $951 in the central section for farmland with "low" soil ratings, and $872 in the southern section. Soybean costs per acre were $727, $715, $673 and $631, respectively (see Table 1). Costs were...

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Posted by John Fulton at 8:28AM on 3/24/2014
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2013 County Corn and Soybean Yields Released

2013 County Crop Yields Released The National Ag Statistics Office has released 2013 corn and soybean yields by county on February 20. The state average corn yield was 178 bushels per acre, compared to the 105 bushel average of the 2012 drought. Logan County averaged 198.1 bushels per acre and Sangamon County averaged 198.2. Menard and DeWitt Counties were among a group not having indiv...

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Posted by John Fulton at 2:57PM on 2/21/2014
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2014 Crop Insurance Decisions and the Farm Bill - from Gary Schnitkey

Passage of the 2014 Farm Bill leads to questions on whether the Farm Bill impacts 2014 crop insurance decisions.   Because the 2014 Farm Bill does not change crop insurance programs in 2014, the 2014 Farm Bill will not impact 2014 decisions. The 2014 Farm Bill may impact crop insurance decisions in 2015.  The two most significant differences between the 2013 and 2014 crop in...

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Posted by John Fulton at 8:26AM on 2/12/2014
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High Cash Rents and Anticipated Farmer Returns - from Gary Schnitkey

An open question is:  How long will it take before "high" cash rents are lowered? The answer to this question will depend on the willingness of farmers to sustain losses on "high" cash rent farmland.  In this post, farmer returns are estimated for average and "high" cash rents.  Farmers with average cash rents are projected to have marginal returns in 2014.  Losses around $6...

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Posted by John Fulton at 2:39PM on 12/3/2013
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