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WILL - Ag Notes - March 05, 2014

WILLAg All Day Ag Outlook

March 4, 2014

Here you may watch the six presentations made at the All Day Ag Outlook. The event has been held at the Beef House in Covington, Indiana during the month of March since 1991. University of Illinois Extension's Todd Gleason emcee'd the event. The program was arranged by Illinois Public Media Director of Agriculture Dave Dickey.

NOTE - the Farm Bill video has yet to be added to the list.

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WILL - Ag Notes - February 27, 2014

Team Converts Sugarcane to Cold-Tolerant Oil-Producing Crop

by Stephanie Henry - U of I ACES

A team of researchers led by the University of Illinois reports that it can increase sugarcane’s geographic range, boost its photosynthetic rate by 30 percent, and turn it into an oil-producing crop for biodiesel production. These are only the first steps in a bigger initiative that will turn sugarcane and sorghum – two of the most productive crop plants known – into even more productive, oil-generating plants. “Biodiesel is attractive because, for example, with soybean, once you’ve pressed the oil out it’s fairly easy to convert it to diesel,” said Stephen P. Long, a University of Illinois plant biology researcher and leader of the initiative. “You could do it in your kitchen.”

But soybean isn’t productive enough to meet the nation’s need for

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WILL - Ag Notes - February 25, 2014

Controlling Costs with Lower Crop Revenue: Cash Rents

by Gary Schnitkey, Extension Farm Business Farm Management, University of Illinois

Current projections put corn and soybean prices at much lower levels compared to prices between 2010 and 2012. Non-land costs are not projected to come down by the same amounts as revenues have declined. Current projections place operator and farmland returns below average cash rents, leading to the need to adjust cash rents down.

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WILL - Ag Notes - February 24, 2014

Potential Growth in Corn Used for Ethanol Production

It looks like the corn based ethanol industry may be set to run at capacity (or above). If it does, the increased volume will come from foreign shores. Listen to find out more on why the United States could export more ethanol than expected in the coming months from University of Illinois Ag Economist Darrel Good. You may read more from Good on the FarmDocDaily website.

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