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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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Crop Progress June 18

Illinois soybean planting reached 97% complete and farmers made good progress on harvesting wheat last week. There were 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending June 18. Statewide, the average temperature was 78.3 degrees, 5.8 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 1.76 inches, 0.79 inches above normal. Topsoil moisture supply was rated at 3… read more

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#Plant17 Progress – June 12

Soybean planting reached 93% complete for the week ending June 11 thanks to 6.9 days suitable for field work. Warm weather and limited rain assisted farmers in the early wheat harvest. Corn emerged was at 96%, compared with 97 % for the 5-year average. Corn condition was rated at 3% very poor, 11% poor, 28%… read more

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#CORN #ETHANOL FACES ITS LIMITS

Corn ethanol has reached its official limit under the Environmental Protection Agency’s renewable fuel program, which means other less-developed, low-carbon fuels will have to step up to fill a 21 billion-gallon gap by 2022. Under the Renewable Fuel Standard, which was passed by Congress in 2007, refiners must blend 36 billion gallons of biofuels in… read more

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CORN PLANTING NEARS FINISH LINE; WHEAT HARVEST UNDERWAY

Farmers took advantage of mostly dry conditions last week to catch up with planting and other fieldwork activity. As of Sunday, USDA’s weekly crop progress report showed farmers had virtually wrapped up corn planting and had planted 85% of their soybeans. Meanwhile, the condition of the wheat crop continues to improve, and some farmers have… read more

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#PLANT17 PROGRESS STILL LAGS

#Illinois farmers continue to dodge raindrops as they try to finish spring planting. USDA reported panting and emergence of both corn and soybeans remains behind the five-year averages. Additionally, farmers’ weather troubles could last into the summer as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts a higher-than-average likelihood of hurricanes this year. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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WILL #CORN PRICES REMAIN RANGE-BOUND?

#Farmers are ready to pounce if and when the corn cash price ever gets to $4-plus. But will they get that opportunity? The market in western Illinois the middle of last week traded at $3.45 per bushel cash, $3.65 for November and $3.77 for March 208. “Corn has been in a pretty tight trading range… read more

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CORN IS FOOD AND FUEL

Douglas County farmer Gary Luth used his experience as a farmer to defend ethanol production in the Champaign News-Gazette after a recently-published commentary called for the removal of the ethanol mandate. “I’m not one to pit one industry against another, but in this situation, it seems that agriculture and the people of Illinois have much… read more

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