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#HARVEST NEARLY COMPLETE

Central #Illinois farmers are close to closing the book on the 2017 harvest, logging surprising yields despite season-long weather challenges. “I think the genetics have come so far on these corn and soybean hybrids – they handle stress so much better,” said St. Augustine farmer and IAA Director David Serven. “They maximize every bit of… read more

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HOW DID WE GET HERE?

After a challenging growing season, farmers were surprised last week when USDA-NASS revised its bushel-per-acre average for corn upward, further depressing prices. In his weekly column, Stu Ellis said the surprising numbers have nothing to do with fertilizer or acreage and everything to do with genetics. “A 175 bushel per acre national yield average in… read more

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#Illinois Crop Production Report

Corn: Planted area is estimated at 11.20 million acres, down 3 percent from last year. Harvested area, forecast at 11.05 million acres, is down 3 percent from 2016. Based on November 1 conditions, the Illinois corn yield is forecast at 198 bushels per acre, up 6 bushels from the previous forecast and up 1 bushel… read more

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Crop Condition & Progress – Oct. 29

Harvest continued with cooler temperatures across the state last week. There were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending October 29. Statewide, the average temperature was 45.5 degrees, 6.3 degrees below normal. Precipitation averaged 1.07 inches, 0.52 inches above normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 3 percent very short, 16 percent short,… read more

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USDA BREATHES LIFE INTO CROP MARKETS

Farmers hope the harvest lows are behind them as a rally in the soybean market lent a little support to corn prices. USDA surprised traders Thursday by trimming its national soybean yield estimate by 0.4 of a bushel to 49.5 bushels per acre. Dale Durchholz, AgriVisor senior market analyst, said the revision could add support… read more

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#Harvest17: Crop Condition & Progress

Statewide, #corn harvest reached 11% completed and #soybean harvest sits at 9% complete for the week ending Sept. 24. There 6.7 were days suitable for fieldwork during the week. Statewide, the average temperature was 76.8 degrees, 14.3 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 0.59 inches, 0.20 inches below normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 32… read more

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NOT BAD, BUT NOT GOOD, EITHER

Following its annual crop projections tour of corn and soybean producing states, Pro Farmer is estimating Illinois corn yields to total 181 bushels per acre this fall, down from 194 last year. Scouts cited fields suffering from nitrogen deficiencies and a lack of rainfall as the reason for the decreased bushel-per-acre average. (Illinois News Network)

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THEY’RE BACK, AND THEY’RE HUNGRY

Swarms of Japanese beetles in western and central Illinois are doing a number on corn and soybean crops, leaving farmers to wonder if the cost of damage caused by the pests could outweigh the cost of spraying. “There’s some damage, we know,” said Tazewell County Farm Bureau Manager Doug Godke. “The soy plants are being… read more

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Crop Progress & Condition July 2

Corn silking reached 12% lagging behind the 5-year average of 21% while soybean blooming reached 15% and winter wheat harvest is now 90% compete. Field work continued over the past week with rains in some parts of the state. There were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending July 2. Statewide, the average… read more

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ACREAGE REPORT, WEATHER SPUR MARKET RALLY

The crop markets finished June on a high note due to a combination of USDA estimates and weather concerns. USDA, in its much-anticipated June 30 acreage report, pegged U.S. soybean plantings at a record 89.5 million acres and corn plantings at 90.9 million acres. Analysts believe prices could continue to rally if the weather turns… read more

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