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  • USDA production estimates below trade expectations
    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 5:00 PM
    The corn bears’ momentum was subdued with a crop production report knuckleball on news that yields are projected below the trade guess. 
  • Illinois tops in corn, soybean yields
    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 3:00 PM
    The “I” states remain on track to break crop production records. The U.S. Department of Agriculture left Illinois’ average corn yield projection at a nation-leading 200 bushels per acre, up 22 from 2013. The previous record of 180 bushels per acre was set in 2004. 
  • Big corn crop gets wee bit smaller
    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 1:00 PM
    A corn production tweak moved ending stocks downward and average farm price projections up a dime in the latest supply and demand estimates. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reduced projected corn-ending stocks by 73 million bushels from last month’s estimate to 2.008 billion bushels. 
  • Farmland value varies in 2014
    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 11:00 AM
    When outlook for 2014 landed, farmland value appeared to have stopped increasing rapidly and was expected to either stay steady or drop, after increasing from 2006 to 2013. 
  • Companies partner to integrate data, hybrids
    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 9:00 AM
    There’s plenty of data available for farmers to evaluate, but that information has no end value unless it can be used to increase profitability. Two companies have partnered to develop a precision planting tool set for a 2015 launch that will integrate yield, soil, weather and other data into improved overall crop production. 
  •  Darren Frye
    It’s summer, and if you have a grain operation, you’re keeping a close eye on the weather forecast. At times, the weekly forecast seems to change almost every day. Wouldn’t it be frustrating if your production plans changed as often as the weather forecast does? 
  • Jared Finegan
    This has had to be the most comfortable summer weather we have had in my adult life. Hope everyone has enjoyed all the fun summer activities this year. This cool weather has not been the best for the crops, however. 
  • Ted Mottaz
    The growing season continues to amaze me and my fellow area farmers. Just as we were starting to get a little dry with yards showing some stress, we got about 2 inches of rain for the week. The corn potential is fairly well set. 
  • Grant Noland
    Should a large corn and soybean crop materialize, producers and commercial facilities will face challenges in harvest logistics. As a former elevator manager, a record — potentially wet — corn crop will keep you up at night. 
  • David Droste
    Beans will need to be watched closely for leaf disease since the rain and the foggy mornings that we have been having can cause disease to develop and justify fungicide applications. 
  • New coliseum dominates Indiana State Fair
    Every summer a different commodity is highlighted at the Indiana State Fair. There’s been “Year of the Corn,” “Year of the Dairy Cow” and many other themes, but this year is unlike anything we’ve seen. 
  • Spring: Farmers hard at work keeping world fed
    Finally, it’s here. Spring. Warmer weather. This past week, I spent mostly on the road, traveling to five different farms in northern and north-central Illinois. 
  • U.S grain quality top-notch for export
    The U.S. Grains Council recently released a report that serves as an important piece of the competitive global market in promoting our corn. 
  • Farmers should take time to take care of bodies, mind
    Farmers are some of the hardest working people out there. Constant lifting, pushing, fixing and running between fields, balanced with maintaining a family life, they often push their bodies to the limit. 
  • Farm stories need to be told
    I’ve been told that, for a long time, farmers and ag businesses were quiet when it came to telling their stories. Stories of hard work, integrity and progress. Things to be proud of. I’m glad that I’ve heard so many of these stories over the years — even before I worked in the agriculture industry. 
 



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