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Aired: November 2014

What will happen to your farm when you retire? Many farmers will pass the reigns to their children, but the details of these transitions aren’t always clear. A succession plan is key to ensuring that your farming operation continues to be a success and that the next generation is prepared when the time comes.

In the second episode of “Management Matters: Focus on Profitability,” Kevin Spafford, founder of...

Lower commodity prices pose a unique challenge of staying profitable in a tough market. Crop insurance provides farmers with an important risk management tool, and this is especially important as farmers look at continuing tight margins in 2016.


“Producers are trying to find a positive net return in their budgets for 2016 and it’s hard to find,” says Giles Distinguished Agricultural Economics Professor Keith Coble, Ph.D., with...

Farmers may be optimistic that certain insects didn’t survive the winter of 2013 – 2014, but cold weather should never warrant a relaxed attitude towards pest management and scouting.

In the second episode of “Management Matters,” Michael Gray, Department of Crop Sciences at University of Illinois, predicts which insects survived the winter, which didn’t and how to scout this spring and summer.

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Aired: November 2014

Farmers deal with uncertainty on a regular basis, from fluctuations in weather to changes in market demand. But lower commodity prices and higher input costs pose a new challenge—staying profitable in a tough business climate.

“We need to focus more on the financial management of the business than we have in recent years,” says Mike Boehlje, Ph.D., professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University. In...

Aired: November 2015

According to the USDA Economic Research Service, U.S. net farm income is set to decline by 36 percent in 2015, and commodity prices are not expected to improve in the foreseeable future.

“Farmers are going to see more financial stress in the next six months, but they have many resources available to stay ahead of the curve on finances,” says Farm Management Specialist Steven Johnson, Ph.D., with Iowa State...

No longer dismissed as a waste byproduct, manure is now considered a high-value nutrient package that boasts a number of soil-enhancing benefits. With the number of livestock operations in Illinois, manure can be a readily available option for enhancing soybean, and other crop, yields in Illinois fields.

Laura Pepple, Livestock Extension Specialist, University of Illinois, explains how growers can effectively add manure to their crop...

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