EPA PROPOSAL WOULD RAISE BIOFUEL MANDATE IN 2020
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing an increase in the biofuels mandate. Two sources with knowledge of the proposal told Reuters that the agency wants to increase the volume of biofuels that refiners must blend...
Groups Urge EPA to Drop RIN Reform and Get E15 Done
Biofuel stakeholders want EPA to get rid of the excess baggage and get E15 to the finish line before summer driving season starts. The comment...
ASSESSING PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT SKILLS
Assessing Personnel Management Skills April 8, 2019 Introduction As farms continue to consolidate it becomes increasingly important to assess a farm’s management skills. At a certain farm size, it is no longer easy or feasible for...
USDA SURPRISES WITH CORN NUMBERS
USDA Reports Provide Surprises for Corn April 2, 2019 The USDA’s quarterly Grain Stocks report and annual Prospective Planting report delivered surprises to the corn market. A greater than expected corn stocks number combined with...
HOW TOUGH OF A YEAR WAS 2018 FOR ETHANOL?
How Tough of a Year was 2018 for Ethanol Production Profits? February 14, 2019 The U.S. ethanol industry faced considerable headwinds in 2018, including the lowest prices over the last decade, policy setbacks in the...
UPDATE FROM THE USDA ECONOMIC RESEARCH SERVICE
On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS) published an overview of the Conservation Title of the 2018 Farm Bill. Today’s update looks at a couple key points from...
WHO IS LONLIER.....CITY FOLK OR COUNTRY FOLK.....
Social isolation and loneliness are increasingly being recognized as urgent public health threats, with risks to health and mortality as serious as those from obesity or smoking. Some researchers have cautioned that rural residents...
Drought-Tolerant Corn in the U.S., New Report from USDA’s Economic Research Service
January 31, 2019 Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS) published a report that looked at trends in the development of drought-tolerant corn in the United States. Today’s update...
A TRADE DEAL AND CORN PRICES
March corn futures prices maintain a range between $3.70 and $3.85 since the onset of the government shutdown. The range-bound nature of corn prices continues despite projections of lower ending stocks. While soybean prices...
PROSPECTS FOR CORN USE FROM ETHANOL
Hubbs, T. “Prospects for Corn Use from Ethanol Production.” farmdoc daily (8):230, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, December 17, 2018. The WASDE forecast of corn use for ethanol production decreased...
Applying Manure in Unfavorable Conditions
Applying Manure in Unfavorable Conditions 10/25/2018 Frequent rainfall has delayed harvest across the state, leading to concerns about whether manure application will be completed. The projected favorable forecast the next nine days should provide an...
US Ag Exports Set July Record As China Trade Row Persists
U.S. Agricultural Exports Set July Record as China Trade Row Persists 9/11/2018 A radio update from USDA on Thursday indicated that U.S. agriculture exports set a record in July. “It’s the best July that the U.S....
Farmers Await Ethanol Increase Decision
President Donald Trump is considering increasing the amount of ethanol in gasoline. Sen. Chuck Grassley tweeted there is a potential of ethanol increasing from 10 percent (E10) to 15 percent (E15)...
Time to Start Scouting For Cutworms 5/4/2018 In previous years, cutworms have been found showing up in winter wheat fields in April or sometimes even earlier in March. This year has been much cooler than...
Too Early To Worry About Corn Acres?
Too Early to Worry About Corn Acreage? 4/18/2018 Recent unseasonably cold and wet weather over much of the Corn Belt precipitates speculation into the prospect of reduced corn acreage this year. With March prospective plantings...
Corn Hybrids With High Yields Come With More Variability
Corn Hybrids With High Yields Come With More Variability 4/10/2018 The agriculture industry is in a tough spot; it’s simultaneously tasked with feeding a growing population and minimizing its environmental footprint. For corn breeders, that means...
Export Outlook for Soybeans
Export Outlook for Soybeans 3/20/2018 Recent adjustments to soybean export projections raise concerns about increased ending stocks this marketing year. Export projections for soybeans put forth by the USDA reflected recent market information associated with export...
Drought Dominates Winter Wheat Landscape
Wheat Waiting on Rain Drought Dominates the Winter Wheat Landscape 3/13/2018 | 12:54 PM CDT...
Top 10 Preseason Planter Tips
Top 10 Preseason Planter Tips Go through this quick checklist before you start planting this spring. Level...
Corn Rootworm Management for 2018
Corn growers have come to expect some rootworm damage, but University of Illinois entomologists say putting management plans in place now could help growers avoid major losses.
Scientists Engineer Crops to Conserve Water and Resist Drought
For the first time, scientists have improved how a crop uses water by 25 percent without compromising yield.
Research Finds Wind Farms Positively Impact Crops
Iowa State University researchers have found that wind turbines located in agricultural fields are a plus for the crops growing around them.
Fall Noxious Weed Control
This fall most areas are good for fall weed control, but there will also be some areas that it may not be the best.
Fall weed control can give the best weed control but it also can be a poor time. If the noxious weeds were sprayed or clipped earlier this summer and there is good we
Issues as Harvest Approaches
It is looking like at least some harvest surprises may be positive after an up-and-down 2017 season in Illinois. The September 1 yield predictions released by the USDA this week are for Illinois corn yield to average 189 bushels per acre, up a bushel from the August 1 estimate. The soybean yield
Grassland Management Do’s and Don’ts
This is the first in a series of iGrow articles that will be dedicated to the issues and questions we receive related to establishing, re-establishing, and maintaining grass-based plantings for grazing, hay, wildlife, and recreation. This series will attempt to address the issues related to grass