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home : ag & business : ag August 27, 2015

Financial havoc creates uncertainty in grain markets; traders take to risk aversion
TAYLORVILLE — Grains have been mixed in volatile trade this week thanks to some mayhem in the financial markets. September corn is unchanged for the week while September beans are down 29 cents.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015


County corn yield shows a decline
TAYLORVILLE  — Christian County Farmers Supply (CCFS), in conjunction with the Christian County Farm Bureau (CCFB) hosted a countywide corn tour on Monday. The results suggest that corn yields have decreased more than thirteen bushels an acre relative to last year’s tour estimate of 203.52 bushels per acre.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wildflower of the Week
This unusual carnivorous plant first caught my eye by its deep red blossoms hanging down from stems that are about 1-2 feet tall. It was growing in a bog in full sun in northern Wisconsin, but is found throughout the eastern US in wet peat bogs.
Saturday, August 22, 2015

Price at the Pump printed August 20, 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Price at the Pump printed August 19, 2015
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Illinois Farm Bureau to support independent map amendment
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) today announced its support of the Independent Map Amendment coalition, a group seeking an Illinois constitutional amendment to change the way state legislative districts are drawn.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Rain Crow Ranch temporarily shuts down processing plant
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri beef processor has shut down, leading to shortages of its grass-fed beef as well as heritage-breed pork and pasture-raised chicken for the St. Louis groceries and restaurants that sell and serve them.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

FSA, Pro Farmer data contradict USDA reports
TAYLORVILLE — Grains have been mixed in choppy trade this week. Mostly non-threatening weather items have served to limit upside, but some uncertainty surrounding the latest USDA numbers has limited downside as well. For the week September corn is up 3 cents while September beans are down 12 cents.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Price at the Pump printed August 17, 2015
Monday, August 17, 2015

Price at the Pump printed August 14, 2015
Friday, August 14, 2015

Price at the Pump printed August 13, 2015
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Price at the Pump printed August 12, 2015
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

U of I workshop addresses mortality composting
URBANA, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension will offer a unique workshop for livestock producers who use or are considering mortality composting. The Animal Mortality Composting Workshop will be held on Thursday, August 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Sterling, Ill.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A review of USDA crop yield forecasting methodology
URBANA, Ill. — The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will release the first survey-based yield and production forecasts for the 2015 corn and soybean crops on August 12.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Crop conditions, currency decline spark volatile price movement
TAYLORVILLE — Grain trade has been higher in volatile trade this week. Prices soared on Monday after disappointing weekend rains  prompted concerns over crop stress, but a better than expected condition report from the USDA, the devaluation of Chinese currency, and some position squaring ahead of today’s supply and demand report sent them crashing back down on Tuesday.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Extension Office announces 4-H Poultry Show results
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Wildflower of the Week
Growing from one to three feet tall, this plant of the high plains, has many, bright yellow, flower heads surrounded by outward curling bracts which exude a sticky gum-like white resin.
Saturday, August 8, 2015

Price at the Pump printed August 7, 2015
Friday, August 7, 2015

Price at the Pump printed August 6, 2015
Thursday, August 6, 2015

Price at the Pump printed August 5, 2015
Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Crop conditions improve despite mixed yield estimates
TAYLORVILLE — Grain trade has been lower this week due to some ongoing liquidation, but the market appears to have stabilized some thanks in part to some oversold conditions and a slightly more threatening forecast. For the week, September corn is three lower and august beans are down 4.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Severe storms damage fruit crops in Michigan
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Three rounds of severe storms carrying strong winds and hail caused damage over the weekend to crops in northern Michigan near Traverse City.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Purdue economist: Nation's beef cow herd largest expansion in 25 years
URBANA, Ill. — The nation’s beef cow herd has started down the path of the largest expansion in 25 years. The last major expansion was from 1990 to 1995 when the herd grew by 10 percent. The industry had started on a modest expansion in 2005 and 2006, but producers aborted that expansion cycle due to the Southern Plains drought and the start of the high feed price era late in 2006.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Price at the Pump printed August 3, 2015
Monday, August 3, 2015

Grand Champion
Saturday, August 1, 2015

Liquidation and price decline follow abnormal fund buying
TAYLORVILLE —Grain trade has been lower in active trade this week due to non-threatening weather, improved crop conditions, and fund liquidation. The weekly net change is 17 lower on both the September corn contract and the August soybean contract.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Ag development in 1840s set Illinois on course to become a leader in agriculture
ILLINOIS — Today, Illinois is a national leader in agricultural production, and farming is a key component of the state’s economy.  Agricultural development in the 1840s and 1850s set Illinois on course to the leadership position it now enjoys.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Champion At Junior Angus Show
Monday, July 27, 2015

Price at the Pump printed July 23, 2015
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Price at the Pump printed July 22, 2015
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Champion THS FFA Students
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Champion THS FFA Students
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Ag Students Restore A Classic
TAYLORVILLE — A 1948 Allis Chalmers WD, entirely re-built by THS students in the Ag Mechanics and Ag Power Mechanics classes, is on display in front of the fair offices for the duration of the Christian County Fair.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Director of Ill. Dept. of Ag to speak at appreciation dinner
TAYLORVILLE — The guest speaker for the annual Ag Appreciation Dinner will be Philip Nelson, Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture.  The Ag Appreciation Dinner will be held on Thursday, July 23rd, starting at 11:30 a.m. in the entertainment pavilion at the Christian County Fairgrounds in Taylorville.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Weather stabilizes, global supply influences emerge
TAYLORVILLE — Grain trade has been mixed this week due to a combination of more favorable weather conditions and residual buying interest. The weekly net change is 14 lower on the September corn contract and August soybeans are up 4 cents.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Price at the Pump printed July 20, 2015
Monday, July 20, 2015

THIS WEEK's WILDFLOWER
Saturday, July 18, 2015

Price at the Pump printed July 16, 2015
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Price at the Pump printed July 15, 2015
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Warmer forecasts spark short-term selling interest
TAYLORVILLE — Grain markets have traded a little lower this week with pressure coming from a weather forecast that offers some relief for the wet eastern Corn Belt and good conditions for pollinating corn. Some ongoing rumors of South American Corn selling into the U.S. also suggest that domestic corn prices are not competitive on the world market, which could negatively affect short-term demand items.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Company plans to test new technology to vaporize hog waste
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A company plans to start testing new vaporizing technology on hog waste produced at the Sandy River Farm in Conway County this month.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Still a lot of uncertainty about the 2015-16 corn marketing year
URBANA, Ill. — The USDA released new projections for the 2015-16 corn marketing year in the July 10 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report. Marketing year-ending stocks are expected to be 172 million bushels smaller and the average farm price is expected to be 25 cents higher than projected a month earlier.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Price at the Pump printed July 10, 2015
Friday, July 10, 2015

Price at the Pump printed July 9, 2015
Thursday, July 9, 2015

Price at the Pump printed July 8, 2015
Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Head Cattle/Dipper Farms Named IBA Commercial Producer of the Year
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Beef Association (IBA) presented Head Cattle/Dipper Farms of Blue Mound, Ill., with the IBA Commercial Producer of the Year Award June 18 at the IBA Summer Conference in Bloomington, Ill. This award is presented annually to a producer for their dedication to improving and contributing to the viability of the beef industry.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Price at the Pump printed July 6, 2015
Monday, July 6, 2015

Price at the Pump printed July 2, 2015
Thursday, July 2, 2015

Price at the Pump printed July 1, 2015
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

USDA: Illinois farmers plant more soybeans, less corn
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Illinois farmers have planted more soybeans and less corn this year, a new federal report showed Tuesday, yet they've been menaced by the wettest June on record.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Farm Progress Show organizers plan $1M expansion in Decatur
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Plans are underway to expand this year's Farm Progress Show in Decatur before it takes place in September.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

U of I's Nafziger discusses corn, nitrogen relationship as rain continues
URBANA, Ill. — Rain has fallen in Illinois nearly every day for the past three or four weeks, and rainfall totals for this period are two to three times above normal for more than half of the state. This has a lot of people wondering if enough nitrogen remains in the soil to supply the corn crop, said a University of Illinois crop scientist.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Corn, soybeans surge on USDA report, wet weather
TAYLORVILLE — While wet weather still remains the primary influence in the grain markets, the release of the USDA quarterly stocks and planted acre report on Tuesday stole the spotlight briefly encouraging sharp buying interest.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Price at the Pump printed June 30, 2015
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Price at the Pump printed June 26, 2015
Friday, June 26, 2015

Price at the Pump printed June 24, 2015
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Anticipating the June 1 corn stocks estimate
URBANA, Ill. — The USDA’s quarterly Grain Stocks report, to be released on June 30, will reveal the estimated inventories of the major crops as of June 1. According to University of Illinois agricultural economist Darrel Good, the most interest is in the estimate of corn stocks.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Abundant soil moisture levels leads to condition declines
TAYLORVILLE — Grain trade has been higher this week following the aftermath of Tropical Storm Bill, which oversaturated many areas of the Corn Belt last week.  Outside markets have also been a factor as the dollar has rallied in response to the faltering Greek bailout talks. For the week, corn is 14 higher on the July contract while soybeans are up 16 on the July contract.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Price at the Pump printed June 22, 2015
Monday, June 22, 2015

Price at the Pump printed June 19, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015

Price at the Pump printed June 18, 2015
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Taylorville FFA brings home some 42 awards at State FFA Convention
SPRINGFIELD — The annual Illinois State FFA Convention was held June 9-11 at the Springfield Prairie Capitol Convention Center. This convention is held for Illinois FFA members and Chapters to receive awards and recognition for their hard work and efforts at contests, community service, and leadership activities throughout the year.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Eleven million bean acres unplanted amidst wet weather
TAYLORVILLE — While the market is still facing growing supply estimates, the grains have managed to add a small amount of weather premium back into the trade this week. The weekly net change is only 1 higher on the July contract relative to Friday’s close, but the trade is nearly 8 cents off the new contract low that was also printed on Friday. July soybeans, on the other hand, are up 17 cents for the week. 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Price at the Pump printed June 12, 2015
Friday, June 12, 2015

Price at the Pump printed June 10, 2015
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

U of I Extension to host Dudley Smith Field Day
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — University of Illinois Extension will be hosting the Dudley Smith Farm Beef Cow-Calf Field Day on June 17 at the University of Illinois Dudley Smith Farm located just off Route 29 between Taylorville and Pana, IL. Registration will begin at 9:30 AM and the program will conclude at 12:30 PM.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Assessing corn demand for domestic ethanol blending
URBANA, Ill. — The consumption of U.S. corn for ethanol and co-product production increased from an estimated 2.119 billion bushels during the 2006-07 corn marketing year to 5.019 billion bushels during the 2010-11 marketing year. Consumption declined to 4.641 billion bushels with the short corn crop and high corn prices of 2012-13, but it is projected at a record 5.2 billion bushels during the current marketing year.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Emerging prevent-plant concerns foster light buying interest
TAYLORVILLE — Grains have been higher this week following the recent decline in the dollar and the emergence of some wet weather conditions.  Market bulls, however, continue to struggle with record South American supplies and sluggish demand items. The weekly net change is five higher on the July corn contract, while soybeans are up fourteen on the July contract.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Price at the Pump printed June 8, 2015
Monday, June 8, 2015

THIS WEEK'S NATURE PHOTO
Saturday, June 6, 2015

Price at the Pump printed June 5, 2015
Friday, June 5, 2015

Price at the Pump printed June 4, 2015
Thursday, June 4, 2015

Price at the Pump printed June 3, 2015
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

FARM Illinois plan aligns with ongoing research in the College of ACES
URBANA, Ill. — The Food and Agriculture RoadMap for Illinois (FARM Illinois), which was recently released, outlines strategic recommendations that will position Illinois as a global leader for innovation in food and agricultural systems.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Pork industry continues to adjust from Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea
URBANA, Ill. — The pork industry continues to adjust from the supply shock created by the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) virus last year. Live prices peaked in the summer of 2014 as PED losses mounted and then fell into the late winter of 2015.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

EPA ethanol mandate fails to garner buying interest
TAYLORVILLE — Despite bearish weather items, grains have been higher due to some short covering this week. July corn is seven higher for the week, while July beans are up six cents for the week.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Price at the Pump printed June 2, 2015
Tuesday, June 2, 2015










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