November 03, 2015

Four Step Weed Control Plan for 2016

Farmers battling herbicide resistant weeds are running out of control options. University of Illinois Extension Weed Scientist Aaron Hager has this four step recommendation. You may read detailed information of his four step weed control plan online.


November 03, 2015

Sideways Price Pattern to Continue for Corn

Darrel Good - March 2016 corn futures have traded in a sideways pattern, with a range of about $0.95 over the past year, about $0.40 over the past four months, and about $0.15 over the past three weeks. The current price is near the low end of that range. A broad sideways price pattern is expected to continue through the winter months. A test of the high side of the price range will likely require a threat on the supply side, either in South America this year or the U.S. next year.

USDA will update corn supply and demand figures next Tuesday (November 10, 2015). Reports on ethanol usage are due this month, and the Grain Stocks report in January will provide a feed usage guidepost for demand.


October 30, 2015

Farmland Prices and Farm Solvency Then & Now

There are some big differences between the farm crisis of the 1980’s and the current situation in middle America. Then, as now, commodity price had slumped after soaring for a few years. The price of farmland had skyrocketed, too, just like now. However, unlike today interest rates were high and farmers were deep in debt when the price of farmland finally bottomed 42 percent below its high. Gary Schnitkey wanted to know what would happen today in that kind of worst case scenario. So he ran the numbers.


October 30, 2015

Field & Furrow 80th Anniversary Celebration

Join the University of Illinois Field and Furrow Club in celebrating 80 years and progress on the Turner Hall Renovation! The weekend of events are free thanks to generous support from an alumnus.

Registration is required.


October 29, 2015

Crop Insurance and the Budget Deal

The U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday passed a budget deal. It must now move through the Senate before going to the President's desk. Crop Insurance, under the bill, will be subjected to dramatic cuts. However, news sources in Washington (Politco & AgriPulse) are reporting promises have been made to kill the "crop insurance cut" through the FY16 omnibus bill.


October 26, 2015

Online Courses Target Weed and Crop Management

by Angelique Peltier

Each year University of Illinois Extension’s regional Crop Management Conferences offer hours of research-based education to farmers, Certified Crop Advisors, and other agricultural professionals. Interactive online courses were developed from 2015 conference presentations by University of Illinois Department of Crop Science faculty:

  • New (and old) Tools for Delaying and Coping with Herbicide Resistance – Dr. Adam Davis, USDA Weed Ecologist

  • Confirming Herbicide Resistance – Dr. Aaron Hager, Extension Weed Scientist

  • Corn & Soybean Agronomy: Will What Worked in 2014 Work in 2015? – Dr. Emerson Nafziger, Extension Agronomist

These and 14 other courses covering soil and water management, integrated pest management, and crop management topics are open for public viewing free of charge on the University of Illinois Extension CCA webpage.

Descriptions of each course are listed below course titles on the main webpage (Figure).


To view a course, click on the course title, then click on the words “Begin Course” under the green box located on the right side of the page (Figure). Certified Crop Advisors interested in earning continuing education units (CEUs) must register, log in, pay a small fee, view each slide in its entirety and complete a short quiz (Figure).

If you have difficulty accessing this content, please contact Angie Peltier: apeltier@illinois.edu, (309) 734-1098.


October 26, 2015

2016 Farmland Price Outlook

While farmland prices likely will continue to see downward pressure into 2016, the capitalized values do not suggest the price of farmland is too high or in a bubble. Todd Gleason has more from the agricultural economists at the University of Illinois.


 


October 21, 2015

The Regular Climate Pattern of Brazil

They say it is best to keep your friends close and your …let’s go with competitors in the soybean market… even closer. Todd Gleason has this story on how weather patterns in Brazil generally unfold year in and year out.



October 19, 2015

Don’t Bet the Cash Rented Farm on a Loss

It is very difficult to give up a farm, even one that is losing money because the cash rent is too high. Todd Gleason has a few simple guidelines one might follow to help them make that decision.



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