All Posts from January 2016

Bill Simmons, Ph.D., professor emeritus of soil and water management at the University of Illinois, dives into fertilizer and manure calculations to help prepare those who are taking the CCA Certification Exam. Watch the webinar below to get a comprehensive review of key concepts that are likely to be covered on the test.  

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Fred Below, Ph.D., professor of plant physiology and crop sciences at the University of Illinois, shared the “Six Secrets of Soybean Success” to help soybean growers increase yields through better management practices. Watch the webinar below to hear his latest research results and learn how growers can apply these research findings on their farms.  

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Aired: January 2016

With the low commodity prices of 2015 likely to continue in 2016, many advisors recommend cutting costs. Meanwhile, growers are afraid that doing so may lead to minimizing the bushels they have to sell. In these times of tighter margins, it’s critical to look closely at on-farm finances and identify the available options to make a greater profit, such as with futures, options and overall grain...

There will be a tendency to cut production costs in 2016. It will be difficult to make a profit on soybeans with projected prices and current yields. So to move production into the black there will be a desire to cut some input costs. And seed treatment might be one input to be cut.

If you remember a decade ago, soybean seed was rarely treated; farmers often did it themselves when they loaded their planters. When planting, you never...

This is a presentation summary from the 2015 Illinois Farm Economics Summit (IFES) which occurred December 14-18, 2015. A complete collection of presentations including PowerPoint Slides (PPT) and printable summaries (PDF) are available here.

Net incomes on Illinois farms have decreased form an all-time high near $290,000 in 2012. In 2014, net income for...

To evaluate the effectiveness and compatibility of various in-furrow products for soybean, field research trials were conducted at 2 locations in Wisconsin in 2015. These trials were conducted in a randomized complete block design with 18 in-furrow soybean treatments and a non-treated control that was replicated 4 times. The plots were planted in 15” rows at 140,000 seeds/a using soybean variety Asgrow 2035 treated with Acceleron® insecticide...

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