Category: Agriculture News

News about food, farming, business, politics and policy that impacts central Illinois farmers.

HISTORY ETCHED IN CLEARVIEW FARM’S NEW SUNFLOWER FIELD –

When members of the public visit Clearview Farm’s 25-acre sunflower field this summer, they’ll be able to walk through the rendering of the barn carved out in the field. It’s similar to a corn maze but simple enough that it’s meant to be more of a path with a few clearings for people to go … Read More

SOYBEANS CLOSE 38¢ HIGHER –

On Wednesday, the CME Group’s farm markets run higher, as investors eye dry weather forecasts. (Successful Farming)

BOY RECOUNTS EXPERIENCE WITH TORNADO AT FAMILY FARM IN DOWNSTATE ILLINOIS –

A 12-year-old boy from downstate Fisher, in Champaign County, has a story to tell after a tornado ripped through his family’s farm Monday afternoon. (WBBM)

WASDE MAINTAINS FORECAST FOR SOYBEAN OIL USE IN BIOFUEL –

The USDA maintained its forecast for 2021-’22 soybean oil use in biofuel production in its latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates report, released on July 12. The expected price of soybean oil was lowered. (Biodiesel Magazine)

U.S., UK TRADE CHIEFS MEET, AGREE TO STRENGTHEN BILATERAL TIES –

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and her British counterpart Liz Truss agreed to continue working to strengthen bilateral ties in a meeting in Washington on Tuesday, Tai’s office said in a statement. (Reuters)  

CLIMATOLOGIST SAYS RECENT RAIN DOESN’T SPELL THE END OF DROUGHT FOR NORTHEASTERN ILLINOIS –

With 3% of the state in extreme drought, farmers nearing the breaking point, especially in the northeastern zone, have looked gratefully upon recent rain, but experts warn optimism could be premature. (Washington Examiner)

INFLATION: USED CARS AND FOOD PUSH US PRICES HIGHER –

Prices in the US spiked again in June, driven higher by the cost of used cars and food increasing. Consumer prices jumped 5.4% in the 12 months to the end of June, up from 5% the previous month. (BBC)

USDA CROP PROGRESS: CORN QUALITY INCHES HIGHER –

The latest batch of crop progress data from USDA, out Monday afternoon and covering the week through July 11, showed corn, soybean and spring wheat quality ratings were steady to slightly improved versus a week ago. (Farm Progress)  

SKY-HIGH FEED PRICES ARE PUSHING DAIRY FARMERS OVER THE EDGE –

Pricey feed isn’t the only cost becoming more burdensome for dairy farmers. Pretty much everything that goes into running a farm has become more expensive, from labor to fertilizers, and wild weather bringing everything from drought to floods isn’t helping. (Bloomberg)

MONDAY’S WASDE REPORT WAS ENCOURAGING FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2021 –

As the market settles back into somewhat of a normal schedule following the long Fourth of July weekend, the only thing normal about this year’s market is that once again, nothing is normal. (DTN)

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