Crop Tour logo over corn field photo.
August 19, 2013

Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour

We'll take time each day this week during the Closing Market Report to hear updates from the 21st Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour. We'll also post the audio into this page and on Twitter @CommodityWeek. If you are a Twitter user, maybe even Facebook now that it is possible to search hashtags (#) on that service, look for #PFTour13 for posts from crop scouts on the tour. 

Friday Chip Flory will join us for Commodity Week as our guest. He'll confirm the numbers from the tour, and the adjusted estimates to be made by Pro Farmer. Commodity Week airs on WILL AM580 each Saturday at 6:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Use the following links to listen to our crop tour interviews.

Western Leg Day 1

Eastern Leg Day 2

Western Leg Day 2

Eastern Leg Day 3

Western Leg Day 3

Eastern Leg Day 4

Western Leg Day 4

Corn       Soybean        State
171.64   1283.61        Ohio
167.36   1185.14        Indiana
170.48   1115.97        Illinois
171.94     927.30        Iowa
181.09     869.43        Minnesota
154.93   1138.94        Nebraska
161.75   1016.70        South Dakota

...see the Tour's home webpage at


* Below you'll find the live Crop Tour twitter feed. Just in case you wondered about all the social media fuss. 

Pro Farmer Twitter Feed

Flood waters surround a grain elevator in Alton, Illinois.
August 16, 2013

The Great Flood of 1993

The summer of 1993 brought with it record rainfall. The flood those waters spawned on the Illinois, Missouri, and Mississippi Rivers was of historic proportions. Todd Gleason traveled with a group of volunteers from Champaign County to the water's edge where they worked to hold back nature. He produced this radio portrait of the scene on the Illinois River

Washed and cleaned corn roots waiting to be graded for damage.
Steve Parker, University of Illinois
August 15, 2013

Why ILLINOIS Does Root Digs

Every summer the Extension entomologist at the University of Illinois digs up the roots of corn.

Why ILLINOIS Does Root Digs

August 06, 2013

Meds & Food for Kids – soybean for nutrition

A cooperative grant effort between the National Soybean Research Lab based in Champaign, Illinois, the United States Department of Agriculture, and a Haiti based Not-for-Profit called Meds & Food for Kids is working to fight malnutrition in the Caribbean nation while at the same creating economic prosperity. Todd Gleason files this report from the north end of the island.

Meds & Food for Kids – soybean for nutrition

Quote from Gary Schnitkey.
Todd E. Gleason
August 02, 2013

2014 Crop Budgets Project Much Lower Corn Income

The 2014 Illinois Crop Budgets have lower returns than received in recent years.  This suggests incomes will be down from recent levels in the upcoming year.

Much can happen between now and 2014 harvest.  Price expectations can change.  Moreover, cost expectations, particularly for fertilizer, could vary from those shown in this release of the budgets.  These budgets will be updated as market conditions change.

Budgets represent averages across many farms.  Individual farms can vary from the budgeted amounts.  Farmers should evaluate their own costs contained in budgets.

Submitted by:  Gary Schnitkey, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois

Listen to Gary Schnitkey and Todd Gleason using the link on this page. Or read the whole of the article on the Farm Doc Daily website.

A picture of corn in the field.
Jerry Gulke
July 31, 2013

Weekly Crop Progress

USDA's Weekly Crop Progress reports indicate the condition of crops in the United States. Each week during the growing season from April to November the statisticians from the five top corn producing states in the nation deliver audio reports to the U of I College of ACES for redistribution. WILLAg pacakages them together and puts them ON AIR during the Tuesday Closing Market Report. The reports often contain a bit more than the raw numbers.

These are a great source for "what's happening on the ground and in the field". You can listen to this week's report using the link below. 

We believe these live pigs were being carried to market strapped to the back of a motorcycle.
Todd E. Gleason, University of Illinois
July 25, 2013

Pigs on a Motorcycle

Yup, you can take two pigs to market on the back of little motorcycle. 

Pigs on a Motorcycle

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