Thursday, April 26, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Prospects for a large increase in corn acreage support expectations for more abundant stocks next year, but opinions about the magnitude of the build-up vary considerably. Anecdotal evidence suggests that some acreage intended for corn will be planted to soybeans due to the shift in price relationships following the March survey.
A new biotech corn developed by Dow AgroSciences could answer the prayers of U.S. farmers plagued by a fierce epidemic of super-weeds. Or it could trigger a flood of dangerous chemicals that may make weeds even more resistant and damage other important U.S. crops.
Nine Chicago-area moms will grow soybeans in their backyards and on their patios, as a hands-on experiment in producing one of Illinois' most important agricultural crops. The urban moms are being guided by Ron and Deb Moore of Roseville, Ill., who raise soybeans and corn on 1,000 acres. The experiment is part of an Illinois Farm Families initiative to open our farm doors, show consumers how we grow your food, and answer your questions about food and farming.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
The Sustainable Student Farm at the University of Illinois is generating youth interest in farming.
Buffett Son Pushes Fellow Farmers to Help Combat Hunger in Local Communities - The middle son of the Oracle of Omaha farms in Central Illinois.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Report from McLean county of some crop damage to planted corn. A risk you take with planting really early.
A little bit of frost damage last night after all. Very random plants showing signs of damage. Cold again tonight. twitter.com/WentworthFarms…— Wentworth Farms (@WentworthFarms) April 11, 2012
A short drive around the Illinois countryside will likely reveal small fields of 18" green, leafy plants. What is it? Why it is Alfalfa, and it is running ahead of schedule this year. Memorial Day, the traditional first harvest for Alfalfa, is still 6 weeks away. But with hot weather earlier, along with moderate cold nights this Spring, Alfalfa is ahead of schedule.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Illinois farmers have voted overwhelmingly to increase the rate per bushel going to the corn check-off program. Money from the program is used for research, development, and marketing of Illinois corn. Read more from the Aledo Times Record.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
President Obama is pushing for the so-called "Buffet Rule". If enacted, individuals making over $1m per year would pay a minimum of 30% in taxes. The effects of such a plan on farmers is unknown, although most would agree that $1m per year in profits is not the norm. The bigger issue is whether the US should have a progressive tax plan that punishes success. At what point does 30% for $1m in income turn into 30% for $100k in income?
Probably the most popular conversation topic over coffee in the local hangouts is "Are you planting yet?". Some farmers in Central Illinois have been out planting early corn crops. Others warn that the cold temperatures are not yet gone, and surface temperatures are too low to promote good growth. I spoke with an 80 year old Indiana farmer who plants by the calendar, not by the current weather. He's been farming for 60 years, so I'd say he's got it right. More thoughts from the Quincy Herald-Whig.