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Price at the Pump for Aug. 28, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Price at the Pump for Aug. 27, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Farm Futures estimates 2015 acreage
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Looking for a corn consumption response
URBANA, Ill. – With the start of the new marketing year only a week away, the process of monitoring corn consumption and corn consumption prospects in the three major categories of feed, ethanol, and exports is under way.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pro Farmer Crop Tour suggests impressive yields
While the potential for record production isn't exactly the best kept secret in the corn market, tour results from the Pro Farmer Crop tour over the last week have reinforced views that the USDA will likely raise yields in their September report.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Price at the Pump for Aug. 26, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Price at the Pump for Aug. 25, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014

Wildflower of the Week
This is another perennial member of the bean family, with the typical pea shaped blossom, this time in bright, golden yellow and growing low to the ground.
Saturday, August 23, 2014

Price at the Pump printed August 21, 2014
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Agriculture Briefs printed August 20, 2014
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Good: Crop size influenced by magnitude of harvested acreage
URBANA, Ill. – The debate about the size of the USDA’s final estimate of the 2014 U.S. average corn and soybean yields continues, with the market apparently anticipating that those estimates will exceed the August forecasts, particularly for corn. 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Market focus shifts to Pro Farmer crop tour, FSA data
With the release of the USDA supply and demand report last week and amidst the ongoing Pro Farmer crop tour this week, analysts have been afforded the opportunity to transition their attention from the weather market to more specific fundamental influences.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Price at the Pump printed August 19, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This Week's Wildflower - Aug. 17, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014

Price at the Pump printed August 14, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014

AGRICULTURE BRIEFS printed August 13, 2014
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Quinn signs farm truck law during State Fair Ag Day
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Governor Pat Quinn today signed into law SB 3398 which allows farmers with the smallest trucks — pickups and dualies — to have their vehicles identified as “Covered Farm Vehicles.”
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Young Ag Leaders host Plowing the Streets 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run
TAYLORVILLE — Taylorville, the Christian County Young Ag Leaders (YAL) hosted their 2nd Annual Plowing the Streets 5K and 1 Mile Family Fun Run on Saturday, July 26th. The money that was raised goes into the YAL scholarship fund for students majoring in Agriculture.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

USDA supply and demand report fails to impress
Despite representing the first survey based USDA report this year, Tuesday’s supply and demand report was mostly a non-event.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Price at the Pump for August 11,2014
Monday, August 11, 2014

Wildflower of the week
This plant is very similar to Chamomile, but has a very unpleasant smell. It grows along roadsides and in pastures but it is shunned by grazing animals.
Saturday, August 9, 2014

Price at the Pump printed August 8, 2014
Friday, August 8, 2014

Price at the Pump printed August 7, 2014
Thursday, August 7, 2014

Flurry of yield, production updates limits rally potential
Most analysts are beginning to sound like a broken record, but the fact remains that weather items have not given the market a reason to rally. Tuesday played host to decent one-inch rains in Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Researchers target soybean disease with genetic resistance study
URBANA, Ill. – When conditions are just right, sudden death syndrome (SDS) of soybean can cause significant damage and yield loss in crops.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Price at the Pump printed August 6, 2014
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Price at the Pump printed August 5, 2014
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Price at the Pump printed August 4, 2014
Monday, August 4, 2014

This Week's Wildflower - Aug. 3, 2014
Saturday, August 2, 2014

Price at the Pump printed July 31, 2014
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ag Briefs printed July 30, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

University of Illinois offers considerations for storing 2014 corn crop
URBANA, Ill. — The majority of annually produced crops such as corn obviously have to be stored. According to a University of Illinois agricultural economist, for corn producers, the question at harvest time will be who will store the portion of the crop, which has not yet been sold.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

USDA implements new crop insurance provision
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced continued progress, this week, in implementing provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill that are designed to strengthen and expand insurance coverage options for farmers and ranchers. The new Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), available through the federal crop insurance program and set to begin with the 2015 crop year, is designed to help protect producers from yield and market volatility.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Price at the Pump printed July 24, 2014
Friday, July 25, 2014

Price at the Pump printed July 23, 2014
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

U of I offering online Crop Management conferences
URBANA, Ill. - Each year the University of Illinois Extension’s Crop Management Conference series offers 13 hours of training to farmers, Certified Crop Advisors, and other professionals working in agriculture.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bearish weather items overshadow political influences
Renewed tension in Eastern Europe and on-again-off-again strikes in South America have been unable to attract any meaningful buying interest in the grain markets over the last week. Supportive fundamental news remains anemic and the market continues to be stymied by bearish weather items leaving the path of least resistance to the downside.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Corn price premiums continue to fade
URBANA, Ill. – Corn was the primary focus of the agricultural commodity complex beginning in the 2006-07 marketing year and continuing through the 2012-13 marketing year. According to a University of Illinois agricultural economist, corn prices during that period were supported by a rapidly growing domestic ethanol industry that required more acres of corn and by relatively poor U.S. corn yields in 2010, 2011, and especially in 2012 that kept corn supplies very tight.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Weekly Ag Briefs
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

This week's wildflower
This native of Asia is a member of the Spiderwort family. It has 3 petals, 2 bright blue and 1 smaller and white. The flowers emerge from a boat-like sheath one at a time and last only one day. It is a host plant for the Pearl Crescent butterfly caterpillar.
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Price at the Pump printed July 17, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014

FFA Alumni, Stonington Lions host annual Sweet Corn Supper
Taylorville FFA members, Alumni members, and Lions Club members were hard at work this week picking and shucking sweet corn for the Annual Sweet Corn Supper.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

USDA reports, weather items stifle rally potential
The last six days in the grain markets have featured two bearish reports from the USDA, which have served only to reinforce the already pessimistic outlook.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Flying tractors buzz local cornfields
TAYLORVILLE — After fueling four of his “aerial applicators” and sending them on their way, Chuck Holzwarth of Chuck Holzwarth Flying Service retires to the lounge of the Taylorville Municipal Airport. His planes can be heard buzzing in the distance, making up for time lost to storms earlier in the day.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Price at the Pump - July 15, 2014
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Price at the Pump - July 14, 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014

Price at the Pump printed July 11, 2014
Friday, July 11, 2014

Price at the Pump printed July 10, 2014
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Price at the Pump printed July 9, 2014
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

United States places first in International Soils Judging
UNITED STATES — While many tuned in to watch the World Cup to see which team would become the globe's soccer champs, others watched a competition of a different kind: one that named the earth's best identifiers of slices of earth.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

USDA reports help brighten hogs and pigs outlook
URBANA, Ill. – According to Purdue University Extension economist Chris Hurt, pork producers might want to say thank you for the recent USDA reports that have sharply brightened their profit outlook.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Price at the Pump printed July 7, 2014
Monday, July 7, 2014

This Week's Wildflower - July 6, 2014
Saturday, July 5, 2014

Price at the Pump printed July 3, 2014
Thursday, July 3, 2014

Price at the Pump printed July 2, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Large corn and soybean stocks, large crop potential?
URBANA, Ill. — The USDA’s June Grain Stocks report showed much larger June 1 stocks of both corn and soybeans than had been anticipated by the market. The Acreage report revealed much larger acreage of soybeans than had been anticipated, according to a University of Illinois agricultural economist.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

County signs off on new farm assessment law
TAYLORVILLE — According to the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR), the lowest performing farm ground in the State of Illinois will, on average, yield a return of $105.29 per acre after production costs. Some of the highest producing ground in the state, on the other hand, will yield a return of $217.31 per acre after production costs. From those figures, it appears as though superior ground will outperform inferior ground at a rate of roughly two to one.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Price at the Pump for July 1, 2014
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Price at the Pump for June 30, 2014
Monday, June 30, 2014

This Week's Wildflower
Saturday, June 28, 2014

Price at the Pump printed June 27, 2014
Friday, June 27, 2014

Rutherford seeking submissions for Cream of the Crop photo contest
SPRINGFIELD –Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford is reminding young photographers to submit photos for the annual Cream of the Crop Photo Contest.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

University of Illinois plans new swine research facility
URBANA, Ill. – A substantial gift for a new biomedical swine research unit at the University of Illinois will increase capability for research regarding learning and memory in young pigs with the goal of understanding how nutrition affects brain development in human infants.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Markets prep for stocks and acreage report
Grain trade remains firmly fixated on weather elements. Flooding concerns in areas of the Northern Corn Belt created a short covering rally late last week, but impressive condition ratings have continued to limit sustained buying interest.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Price at the Pump printed June 25, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Price at the Pump printed June 24, 2014
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Price at the Pump printed June 23, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014

Area Youth Win at Angus Show
Saturday, June 21, 2014

This Week's Wildflower. . .
Saturday, June 21, 2014

What is the potential for U.S. corn and soybean yields?
URBANA, Ill. — “Expectations for the U.S. average corn and soybean yields this year have increased in recent weeks,” said University of Illinois economist Darrel Good. “Corn planting got off to a slow start, much like last year.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Farm Bureau announces speaker for ag dinner
TAYLORVILLE — Laura Harmon, Senior Legal Counsel with Illinois Farm Bureau will be the featured keynote speaker at the Christian County Farm Bureau’s annual Ag Appreciation Dinner.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Nafziger optimistic about spring nitrogen levels
URBANA, Ill. – According to a University of Illinois crop scientist, the Illinois corn crop is off to a good start in many fields and in most areas just starting its rapid growth phase (V5 to V8 stage).
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wildflower of the week
From April to July this daisy like flower can be found along roadsides throughout Illinois. This variety has slightly larger blossoms than the other Erigerons (about 1”) and also has the most threadlike rays (usually pink) up to 150 per flower head , surrounding the yellow center disk. It has a slight fragrance.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

USDA announces funding to combat PEDv
Washington, D.C., June 5, 2014 – In response to the significant impact porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) and porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV) are having on U.S. pork producers, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $26.2 million in funding to combat these diseases.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Drones give farmers eye in the sky to check crop progress
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — This growing season, crop researchers at the University of Illinois are experimenting with the use of drones – unmanned aerial vehicles – on the university’s South Farms.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Weather items dominant in pre-report decline
The grain markets have been unable to escape the intense influence, from weather items, that has persisted over the last month. The USDA’s weekly crop progress and condition report reinforced that notion.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Price at the Pump printed June 11, 2014
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Price at the Pump printed June 10, 2014
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Price at the Pump for June 9, 2014
Monday, June 9, 2014

This Week's Wildflower - June 8, 2014
Saturday, June 7, 2014

CCFB Young Ag Leaders names 2014 scholarship winner
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — Andrew Livingston, the son of Dale Livingston of Nokomis, received the Christian County Young Ag Leaders $500 scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually to one Christian County student pursuing a degree in an agricultural related field.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Purdue's Hurt considers effects of declining hog prices
URBANA, Ill. – Speculation that the PED virus had greatly reduced pig numbers took lean hog futures prices to astounding heights. According to a Purdue University Extension economist, now markets have a better understanding that, although the PED virus certainly did its damage, death loss may have been overanticipated in February and March, and producers have been able to compensate for a substantial portion of lost animals by much higher weights.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Markets lower on impressive condition report
The grain trade remains firmly rooted in a weather market. Near ideal conditions over the last two weeks have limited buying interest, though the flash flooding and wind damage that occurred yesterday in parts of the Western Corn belt could result in a decline in next week’s condition report.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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