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FEWER BUGS?

#Corn and #soybean farmers remain hopeful that recent frigid temperatures will mean fewer insects during the next growing season. What should give growers more hope, however, are warm-to-cold temperature swings, says entomologist Kelly Estes. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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BIG #CROPS HANG OVER MARKETS

Large crops produced in the U.S. this year could keep a lid on prices heading into 2018, but the additional bushels offer an opportunity to capture carry in the market, which could improve margins at elevators. The futures carry recently moved wider, incentivizing many elevators to gain ownership of corn and wheat, but farmers generally… read more

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WILL #FARMERS RESPOND TO MARKET SIGNAL FOR MORE #SOYBEANS?

U.S. farmers planted 7 percent more soybean acres this season, and it appears the market is calling for more. “If we have the same ratio for corn and beans on April 1, we probably stand to pick up some bean acres, as hard as that is to imagine,” Chip Nellinger, of Blue Reef Agri-Marketing in… read more

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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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#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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FARMWEEK PREVIEW

Be sure to check out next week’s edition of FarmWeek to read stories about the Illinois soybean harvest, which remains ahead of schedule due to dry conditions; the latest Illinois soil survey which shows farmers continue to care for their soils; and Illinois students who will celebrate Great Apple Crunch Day Thursday.

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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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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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REPORTS OF #DICAMBA DRIFT CONTINUE TO CLIMB

While the Arkansas Plant Board waits for a committee in the state legislature to approve its ban of dicamba-based pesticides, complaints of dicamba drift in the state continue to climb, soaring to 550. Damage also is being reported in Tennessee, Missouri and Mississippi. The total area of soybean fields damaged could reach as much as… read more

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