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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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#AGRONOMIST: COMBINATION OF FACTORS LED TO HIGH #CORN YIELDS

Now that the #harvest dust has settled in most areas, farmers are wondering where all this corn came from. University of Illinois Extension’s Emerson Nafziger said several factors played a role in the surprisingly good yields in some areas. Crop condition ratings during the growing season were some of the lowest on the decade. “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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BIG #CROPS HIGHLIGHT NEED FOR STRONG AG #MARKETS

Thinking back to August, IFB President Richard Guebert, Jr. wasn’t too worried about who would buy this year’s crops. He wasn’t sure there’d be much of a crop to buy in the first place. But Guebert’s yield monitor showed surprisingly high numbers this fall, and his thoughts have returned to where his crops are going… read more

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LENDING A HELPING HAND

Despite sagging commodity prices, dwindling farm income and a lagging harvest, several Iroquois County farmers did what farmers do when a neighbor needs help: They stepped up. When Steve Hemp passed away unexpectedly in late September, farmers in Ashkum teamed up to harvest his beans and corn, finishing the job in early November. (Chicago Tribune)

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RAUNER DECLARES HARVEST EMERGENCY

Gov. Bruce Rauner declared a state harvest season emergency, allowing a farmer with a permit to haul up to a maximum of 10 percent more than the standard weight restriction of the gross, axle and registered weight restrictions. Farmers will need to seek a permit from each authority with jurisdiction over the routes they plan… read more

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IFB TALKS HARVEST, FARM ECONOMY

IFB President Richard Guebert, Jr. and IFB member Paul Jeschke yesterday spoke with Niala Boodhoo, host of Illinois Public Radio’s The 21st, about the Illinois harvest and IFB asking Gov. Bruce Rauner to declare a harvest season emergency. IFB Senior Economist Mike Doherty joined the conversation in the second half to talk farm economy and… read more

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#FARMERS ASK GOV FOR HARVEST EMERGENCY

#Illinois farmers are asking Gov. Bruce Rauner for a harvest emergency declaration to help them wrap up fall harvest a bit faster. The declaration would allow farmers to add 10 percent more grain to the trucks hauling to elevators or storage facilities. (Illinois News Network)

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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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IFB ASKS RAUNER TO DECLARE HARVEST SEASON EMERGENCY

The IFB Board reached out to Gov. Bruce Rauner, seeking a Harvest Season Emergency declaration due to uncontrollable weather factors and commodity markets. The declaration gives road jurisdictions the authority to issue permits for up to 10 percent more than the gross vehicle weight and axle weight limits on their respective roads. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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