November 10, 2014

USDA Reports Provide Some Surprises, Particularly for Corn

Based on the worn adage that “big crops get bigger”, analysts generally expected the USDA’s November Crop Production report to contain larger forecasts for the size of the current U.S. corn and soybean harvest. The soybean production forecast was larger, but the corn forecast was smaller than the October forecast.

The U.S. soybean crop is now forecast at 3.958 billion bushels, 31 million bushels larger than the October forecast. The U.S. average yield is forecast at 47.5 bushels, 0.4 bushel larger than the October forecast. Yield forecasts changed by a bushel or two for the majority of states, with smaller forecasts in six of the 29 states. Production forecasts were not changed for the rest of the world.  In the November WASDE report


October 31, 2014

by Todd E. Gleason

U.S. EPA has released a document critical of soybean seed treatments used in the United States. It suggests farmers have been spending money and getting very little benefit in return.


October 29, 2014

Harvest Sunrise

Sometimes you just have to stop & watch the sunrise. This beauty came up October 29th. The Andersons grain elevator in Champaign is in the foreground.


October 29, 2014

Ag Census Mapping Tool Makes Data Visual

Every five years the United States Department of Agriculture takes a census. USDA NASS collects all kinds of data about farm production in the U.S.A. The agency has developed a tool to map this data. It is a way to visualize agricultural production, income, wealth distribution, management type, and the demographics of farmers. These three maps show the primary growing regions for corn, soybean, and wheat. The darkest green areas represent acres where the cropland is at least 45 percent sown to the crop listed. The corn belt is easy to see, and not that much of a surprise. However, the primary soybean growing regions of the nation are bit more diverse than you might expect and seem to follow the Mississippi Valley watershed from New Orleans to St. Louis, along the Ohio River Valley and the mighty Missouri River.
 


October 24, 2014

Scout Weeds from the Combine Cab

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 by Aaron Hager

Fall-Applied Herbicides: Which Weed Species Should be the Target?

Herbicides applied in the fall often can provide improved control of many winter annual weed species compared with similar applications made in the spring.  Marestail is one example of a weed species that is often better controlled with herbicides applied in the fall compared with the spring.  An increasing frequency of marestail populations in Illinois are resistant to glyphosate, and within the past year we have confirmed that resistance to ALS-inhibiting herbicides also is present in Illinois populations.  Targeting emerged marestail with higher application rates of products such as 2,4-D in the fall almost always


October 20, 2014

How Many Corn Acres in 2015

If corn farmers want a break even price for their crop next year, they’ll need to plant fewer acres of it. Ag economist Darrel Good has forward figured the number of corn acres needed in 2015 to push cash prices back above four dollars a bushels. 


October 14, 2014

Sell Soybeans Across the Scale

Rainfall throughout the Midwest has hampered the soybean harvest and the price has responded by moving a bit higher. However, it is most likely a temporary hike.


October 14, 2014

Store Corn for Higher Prices Later

The price of corn isn’t great if you are a farmer trying to sell it at a profit. However, the good news may be that prices later in this year and next are likely to get better.


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