All Posts by Gary Schnitkey

The Geography of Exceptional Soybean Yields

December 17, 2018

Farm Management

From 2013 to 2018, U.S. soybean yields have been above trend in all years, with an average yield-above-trend of 3.7 bushels per acre.

The Economics of Fertilizer Application

October 17, 2018

Nutrient Management

With tariff challenges and depressed commodity prices, should you cut back on 2019 fertilizer applications?

2017 Crop Budgets and Current Prices Say Switch to Soybeans and Expect Low Returns

January 27, 2017

Farm Management

Current 2017 fall delivery bids for central Illinois are near $10 per bushel for soybeans while corn is near $3.60 per bushel.

Agronomy: Soybean Yields in Illinois

October 27, 2016

Harvest Strategies

In recent years, soybean yields in Illinois have been exceptional, leading to questions on whether technologies have caused a "jump" in soybean yields.

Agronomy: Continuous Beans: Are soybeans after soybeans profitable?

March 21, 2016

Farm Management

Recent analysis suggests that soybeans have been more profitable than corn in Illinois from 2013 to 2015, and there is a reasonable chance that soybeans will be more profitable than corn in 2016 (farmdoc daily, February 16, 2016).

Agronomy: 2015 Crop and Income Outlook - Conserve Cash Income

January 22, 2016

Farm Management

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

Agronomy: Current Fertilizer Prices and Projected 2016 Fertilizer Costs

January 04, 2016

Nutrient Management

December 2015 prices are used to project 2016 fertilizer costs for corn grown on high-productivity farmland in central Illinois.

Agronomy: Profitability Matters: Cutting $100 per Acre in Soybeans

November 10, 2015

Harvest Strategies

2015 delivered a tough growing season for many Illinois farmers, and lower soybean prices to follow.

Agronomics: Soybeans Returns Projected Higher than Corn in 2014

November 06, 2014

Harvest Strategies

Corn returns in 2014 likely will be negative on many farms, with losses near $100 per acre on cash rent farmland in northern Illinois (farmdoc daily, October 24, 2014).