March 25, 2014

Cost to Produce Corn and Soybeans in Illinois-2013

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 lower in southern Illinois primarily because of lower land costs.  The total of all economic costs per bushel in the different sections of the state ranged from $4.90 to $5.20 for corn and from $12.32 to $12.88 for soybeans.  Variations in this cost were related to weather, yields, and land quality. 

March 22, 2014

Grain Tube to Save Lives

Those that work in and around flowing grain know just how dangerous it can be. That's why they train to be in the bins and how to extract someone that has been trapped in a bin. Todd Gleason has more from the Illinois AgriCenter in Bloomington.

Grain Entrapment

March 21, 2014

Forward Calculating Q2 Soybean Stocks


Every three months the United States Department of Agriculture releases a report on the available supply of soybeans. The next report is due Monday March 31st. Todd Gleason has more on what it might show.

March 05, 2014

WILLAg All Day Ag Outlook

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.

SOYBEAN PANEL with Curt Kimmel, Wayne Nelson, & Chuck Shelby

LAND VALUES in 2014 with Murray Wise

CASH GRAIN PANEL with Greg Johnson, Aaron Curtis, & Matt Bennett

WILL the PIECES FIT with Sue Martin

CORN PANEL with Pete Manhart, Jacquie Voeks, & Bill Mayer

February 27, 2014

Team Converts Sugarcane to Cold-Tolerant Oil-Producing Crop

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

February 25, 2014

Controlling Costs with Lower Crop Revenue: Cash Rents

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.

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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