May 21, 2015

Anticipating Changes in Corn & Soybean Acreage

Twice a year USDA tries to officially predict how many acres of corn and soybeans U.S. farmers will plant. Todd Gleason has more on the anticipated changes this year as we move from the March Prospective Plantings survey to the June Acreage report.


May 15, 2015

Farmland Income for 2015

Farmers across the Corn Belt are going to make a lot less money this year than they have in the past. And, if something doesn’t change, things may be even worse next year.


photo courtesy Purdue University Extension
May 14, 2015

Central & Northern IL Black Cutworm by Memorial Day

The black cutworm may do damage in central and northern Illinois corn fields over the Memorial Day weekend. Farmers should begin scouting soon because not all Bt corn hybrids offer adequate protection.


May 13, 2015

Marketing Advice from Darrel Good

Now that USDA has released its first official look at the balance sheet for new crop corn and soybeans, farmers are under the gun to make some marketing decisions. The easy ones are related to what’s left to sell from last year.


May 12, 2015

USDA WASDE May 2015 Numbers

University of Illinois Ag Economist John Newton discusses the May 2015 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate report numbers for new and old crop corn and soybeans.


May 09, 2015

First Day First Field Farmer

USDA describes Pat Whalen as a new and beginning farmer. We think he's just having fun planting his first farm field ever.


University of Illinois College of Law
May 05, 2015

The Flash Crash and the Hound of Hounslow

The U.S. markets went into free fall in May of 2010 dropping 6 percent in minutes, and then bouncing mysteriously back. There was a sense that the machines were out of control during this "Flash Crash".  Five years later, US criminal authorities and financial regulators are pointing the finger at a lone trader. Verity Winship tells us more about the case against the “Hound of Hounslow”.


May 04, 2015

Can Herbicide of Choice Still be Used Post Planting

The fast pace of corn planting in the state of Illinois has farmers and chemical applicators racing one another across the fields. University of Illinois Extension Weed Scientist Aaron Hager has this advise for farmers wondering what to do if the corn was planted before their residual herbicides were applied.


You may read Aaron Hager's thoughts on weeds and herbicides on The Bulletin website.


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