February 06, 2016

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All-Day Ag Outlook Meeting Schedule
March 8, 2016 - Beef House
16501 Indiana 63
Covington, Indiana 47932
Doors Open
9:00am eastern / 8:00am central
Opening Remarks
9:25am eastern / 8:25am central
Weather Outlook 9:30am eastern / 8:30am central
Eric Snodgrass, Agrible - Champaign, Illinois
Cash Grain Panel
10:15am eastern / 9:15am central
Greg Johnson, The Andersons - Champaign, Illinois
Aaron Curtis, MIDCO - Bloomington, Illinois
Matt Bennett, Channel Seeds - Windsor, Illinois
Chuck Shelby, Risk Management Commodities - Lafayette, Indiana 
Break (30 min)
Soybean Panel
11:30am eastern / 10:30am central
Ellen Dearden, AgReview - Morton, Illinois
Bill Gentry, Risk Management Commodities - Lafayette, Indiana
Pete Manhart, Bates Commodities - Normal, Illinois
Bill Mayer, Strategic Farm Marketing - Champaign, Illinois 
Lunch and Trade Show
12:15pm eastern / 11:15am central
Controlling Production Costs
1:15pm eastern / 12:15pm central
Emerson Nafziger, Extension Agronomist - University of Illinois
Gary Schnitkey, Extension Agricultural Economist - University of Illinois
Bryan Young, Weed Scientist - Purdue University
Corn Panel
2:15pm eastern / 1:15pm central
Curt Kimmel, Bates Commodities - Normal, Illinois
Wayne Nelson, L&M Commodities - New Market, Indiana
Dan Zwicker, Zwicker Consulting - Waco, Texas
Mike Zuzolo, Global Commodity Analytics & Consulting - Atchison, Kansas

February 01, 2016

Tillage Practices Vary Across the United States

  

USDA ERS - Washington, D.C.     No-till and strip-till are two of many tillage methods farmers use to plant crops. In a no-till system, farmers plant directly into the undisturbed residue of the previous crop without tillage, except for nutrient injection; in a strip-till system, only a narrow strip is tilled where row crops are planted. These tillage practices contribute to improving soil health, and reduce net greenhouse gas emissions. During 2010-11, about 23 percent of land in corn, cotton, soybeans, and wheat was on a farm where no-till/strip-till was used on every acre (full adopters). Another 33 percent of acreage in these crops was located on farms where a mix of no-till, strip-till, and other tillage practices were used on only some acres (partial adopters). In the Prairie Gateway, Northern Great Plains, and Heartland regions—which account for 72 percent of corn, soybean, wheat, and cotton acreage—more than half of these crop acres were on farms that used no-till/strip-till to some extent. Partial adopters have the equipment and expertise, at least for some crops, to use no-till/strip-till; these farmers may be well positioned to expand these practices to a larger share of cropland acreage. This chart is from the ERS report, Conservation-Practice Adoption Rates Vary Widely by Crop and Region, December 2015. 


January 28, 2016

NASA’s Challenger Inspires a Generation of Explorers

These three stories were produced in the year 2000. Todd Gleason traveled with University of Illinois aeronautical engineering undergraduate students to Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The purpose was to expose students to NASA and the rigors of space exploration.


January 24, 2016

WILLAg Newsletter - January 24, 2016

The analysts on WILLAg have been talking about basis a lot lately. Here in the eastern corn belt it is strong. This is because parts of eastern Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio raised a less than average corn and soybean crop. Basis is the way in which a commodity is transferred from one place to another. It is calculated by subtracting a futures contract price from the cash price. Click the title above to read more...


January 20, 2016

Thinking Critically About How Organic Foods Sell

Organic food products are sold widely in the United States. The context in which these products are sold give them unique attributes from the consumer perspective. Todd Gleason has more with a University of Illinois agricultural economist on virtues, vices, and shelf space of organic foods.


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