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#WHEAT PLANTING INTENTIONS UNCERTAIN

Some farmers who were leaning toward planting more wheat this fall are now on the fence about the decision as corn and soybean harvest nears. The recent dip in wheat prices, from nearly $5 per bushel in June to below $4 per bushel now, created much of the indecision. Just weeks ago, it appeared likely… read more

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HARVEST FINISHING

USDA’s weekly Illinois crop report indicates farmers are closing in on the finish line. 96% of corn and soybeans are harvested statewide.  89% of winter wheat is planted, with emergence well ahead of last year’s pace.

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EARLY RETURNS

McLean County’s corn yields are expected to be 9% higher than the five-year average, but lower than last year’s record-setting crop. Ross Perkins, a farm manager with Soy Capital Ag Services in Bloomington, estimates the average corn yield in McLean County at 193.05 bushels per acre. This crop will be 13% lower than last year’s… read more

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HARVEST FORECASTING

Soy Capital Ag released its McLean County corn yield estimate for 2015 at 193 bu./acre. Meanwhile, U of I’s Darrel Good says the spot price of corn will have to increase by more than $0.47 by next spring in order for the return on corn stored unpriced to exceed what it costs to store corn for… read more

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HARVEST HELP

The decline in workers is reducing fruit and vegetable production by 9.5%, or $3.1 billion, a year, according to a recently published analysis of government data, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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HARVEST UPDATE

LSN survey this morning of elevators located in south central Illinois up to north central Illinois shows an average harvest progress of: Corn 88% complete vs. 73% last week; Soybeans 91% complete vs. 78% last week.

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FARMWEEK PREVIEW

Check out Monday’s FarmWeek and FarmWeekNow.com for stories on the propane situation, this year’s apple harvest, and Ditch the Rule float.  

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PROPANE SUPPLIES

Recent news from the Illinois Propane Gas Association notes that the state has 20% more propane on hand this year than last, and that propane use for crop drying – though farmers are facing a wet harvest – is down some 45% compared to the same time last season. The data suggests that this year… read more

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TEMPORARY STORAGE

 As of Sept. 30, the Illinois Department of Agriculture says it’s issued permits for 86.7 million bushels of temporary (on ground and covered) storage and 2.3 million bushels for emergency (on bare ground) storage at local elevators. We’ll have an update on RFD Illinois Wednesday morning.

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HARVEST OUTLOOK

A compilation of weather models indicates northern Illinois may have a sloppy harvest, but the rest of the state should see normal rainfall during October. Weather models show the northern half of the Cornbelt will have a 40% chance of being wetter than usual during the month of October, while the southern half of the… read more

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