Crop insurance key IFB focus in Senate debate
With Senate farm bill debate anticipated this week, Farm Bureau is girding up to protect crop insurance and other key programs in what could shape up as a heated floor fight.
Finally! Some significant planting progress
Most farmers in Illinois this week finally were able to work fields for multiple days.
Cattle on feed numbers down 3%
On-feed numbers and placements were higher than trade estimates. We have commentary on today's report from Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University ag economist.
Informa revises crop forecasts
Traders say Informa cut potential corn acreage by 1.2 million acres; raised soybean acres by 1.0 million.
Senate clears water projects package with Illinois provisions
The Senate this week delivered a long-awaited Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) package that proposes new measures to fund river infrastructure and better protect future waterways transportation.
Chicago Fed: Farmland values rise in first quarter of 2013
Farmland values in Illinois and much of the Corn Belt rose at a slower pace during the first three months of 2013, says the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank survey of bankers.
Nitrogen monitoring, post-planting applications key trends
Illinois farmers and fertilizer retailers are managing nitrogen fertilizer differently this spring, according to Jean Payne, president of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA).
Livestock owners need to watch for, control poison hemlock
The toxic plant grows in pastures and along fencerows, stream banks, and roadsides.
Smithfield to reduce use of additives in pork
Smithfield will have over 50% of its pork opertions free of ractopamine in feed rations by June 1.
Wet weekend forecast for Illinois
Major progress in corn planting is reported across much of the Corn Belt today.