Category Archives: Bloomington

Impacts of Planting before Crop Insurance Earliest Planting Date: Issued by Gary Schnitkey

Planting may occur earlier than normal this year due to unseasonably warm, dry weather. Some of this planting may occur before the earliest planting date included in the COMBO policy, a crop insurance policy providing farm-level protection. ¬†Those acres planted before the earliest planting dates are not eligible for replant payments. ¬†Insurance guarantees will exist […]

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Illinois Production Cost Report (Bi-weekly) Thu, Mar 15, 2012

Production costs items state wide: cash prices bulk, FOB distributor, per ton unless otherwise stated. Fertilizer in granular form unless noted. Product Offer Average Change Anhydrous ammonia 800.00-885.00 838.96 DN 0.24 Urea 46-0-0 525.00-595.00 556.88 UP 4.10 Liquid Nitrogen 28% spread 350.00-420.00 389.00 UP 5.60 DAP(Diammonium Phosphate 18%N 46%P) 600.00-710.00 646.08 DN 0.55 MAP (Monoammonium […]

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Illinois Production Cost Report (Bi-weekly) Thu, Mar 01, 2012

GX_GR210 Springfield, IL Thu, Mar 01, 2012 USDA-IL Dept of Ag Market News Illinois Production Cost Report (Bi-weekly) Production costs items state wide: cash prices bulk, FOB distributor, per ton unless otherwise stated. Fertilizer in granular form unless noted. Product Offer Average Change Anhydrous ammonia 800.00-885.00 839.20 DN 9.11 Urea 46-0-0 525.00-590.00 552.78 UP 32.35 […]

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Illinois Production Cost Report (Bi-weekly) Thu, Jan 05, 2012

GX_GR210 Springfield, IL Thu, Jan 05, 2012 USDA-IL Dept of Ag Market News Illinois Production Cost Report (Bi-weekly) Production costs items state wide: cash prices bulk, FOB distributor, per ton unless otherwise stated. Fertilizer in granular form unless noted. Product Offer Average Change Anhydrous ammonia 825.00-898.00 860.07 DN 7.00 Urea 46-0-0 508.00-590.00 538.29 DN 1.38 […]

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Seasonal Fertilizer Prices

Graphs presented here show monthly fertilizer prices beginning in the fall prior to planting through spring and summer. From fall 2008 though summer 2011, prices generally decreased from fall through spring. This decreasing pattern exists primarily because of the dramatic price decreases occurring in 2008-09. Comparing of price patterns across all three years does not […]

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Corn Following Corn–Strike 2?

In 2010, following a very wet start to the season and damage to root systems from which plants never fully recovered, corn following corn yielded much less than corn following soybean in many areas of Illinois (see my article from October 2010). This came after a number of years in which corn following corn produced […]

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Cash Rent Information Available for Setting 2012 Rents

When setting 2012 cash rents, there are two sets of information that have been recently released that many will find useful. First, the National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) released average 2011 cash rent levels by county. Second, the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ISPFMRA) released average 2011 cash rents and 2012 […]

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Yield Drag and Breakeven Yields between Corn-after-Corn and Soybeans

Initial reports suggest that yields on corn-after-corn (corn produced on land that was in corn the previous year) are significantly lower than corn-after-soybean yields. Lower corn-after-corn yields could cause soybeans to be more profitable than corn-after-corn. On high-productivity farmland, a 27 bushel lower yield for corn-after-corn than for corn-after-soybean could cause soybeans to be more […]

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