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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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#Illinois #Plant17 Progress – May 14

Corn planting reached 75% for the week ending May 14, while the amount of days suitable for fieldwork varied widely across the state. There were an average of 1.9 days suitable for fieldwork statewide. Corn emerged reached 7%, compared to 61% last year and the 5-year average of 50%. Corn condition was rated at 3% very poor,… read more

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ILLINOIS COMMODITY BOARD PETITIONS

Farmers wanting to seek a three-year term on the Illinois Corn Marketing Board or the Illinois Sheep and Wool Marketing Board can start circulating nomination petitions.  The Corn Marketing Board’s District 9 seat is up for election along with Sheep and Wool Marketing Board’s District 3 seat. Petitions are available at county Extension offices and… read more

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ACREAGE FORECAST

U.S. farmers will expand their plantings of corn by nearly 3% in 2016 while scaling back slightly on soybeans, according to a survey of growers released by Illinois-based research and brokerage firm Allendale Inc.

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FARMING FOR PROFIT

A new study from Iowa State University agronomists shows significant portions of Iowa farmland consistently lose money and could influence many farmers to change how they use some of the acres they devote to corn and soybeans.

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