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home : ag & business : ag January 22, 2018

Record corn yields produce only minimal selling
TAYLORVILLE — Grain traders have little fundamental reason for a bullish sentiment this week on the heals of a USDA supply and demand report that featured a record corn yield of 176.6 bushels on Friday.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018


With sweet corn, workhorses win, U of I says
 URBANA, Ill. – When deciding which sweet corn hybrids to plant, vegetable processors need to consider whether they want their contract growers using a workhorse or a racehorse. Is it better to choose a hybrid with exceptional yields under ideal growing conditions (i.e., the racehorse) or one that performs consistently well across ideal and less-than-ideal conditions (i.e., the workhorse)? New research from the University of Illinois suggests the workhorse is the winner in processing sweet corn.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

USDA reports provide some surprises for what is expected for 2018
URBANA, Ill. — The USDA released a set of reports on Jan.12 containing information with implications for corn and soybean prices in 2018. The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the final estimates of the 2017 U.S. corn and soybean crops and estimates of the stocks of corn and soybeans in storage as of Dec.1, 2017. Additionally, the World Agricultural Outlook Board reports provide new forecasts for global supply and consumption levels during the 2017-18 marketing year.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Pheasant season extended at area sites
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — There’s good news for hunters who were lamenting the end of controlled pheasant hunting season in Illinois.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Sportsmen invited to farm bill forums
SPRINGFIELD — The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partners (TRCP), in cooperation with the Illinois Conservation Foundation (ICF), has scheduled three public forums entitled "Illinois Sportsmen's Guide to the 2018 Farm Bill."
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

CA&M FFA competes in area event
SULLIVAN —On Wednesday, December 13, the Central A&M FFA traveled to Sullivan High School to compete in the Section 16 Parliamentary Procedure Contest.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Farmers can begin nominating schools for grants to enhance STEM education
 ST. LOUIS, Mo. — In 2018, the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Program, Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, Will Award More Than $2.3 Million to Improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Curriculums
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Farm groups fight rural opioid crisis
WASHINGTON – As farming communities face mounting challenges with the nation’s opioid epidemic, the nation’s two largest general farm organizations are teaming up to confront the issue. The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and National Farmers Union (NFU) today announced a new campaign, “Farm Town Strong,” to raise awareness of the crisis’ impact on farming communities. The campaign will also provide resources and information to help farm communities and encourage farmer-to-farmer support to overcome the crisis.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

U of I studying effects of climate change on crop yields
URBANA, Ill. – Scientists now have a new tool to predict the future effects of climate change on crop yields. Researchers from University of Illinois are attempting to bridge two types of computational crop models to become more reliable predictors of crop production in the U.S. Corn Belt.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Grain markets looking for direction in early 2018
TAYLORVILLE — Many traders are just now filing back into the office after a long holiday break, and, as is usually the case just after the new year, the market is still trying to digest two weeks of thin trade and half-baked influences that have been the drivers without solid fundamental news.
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Central A&M FFA Attends Section 16 Agronomy CDE
CHAMPAIGN — On Tuesday, November 7, seven members of the Central A&M FFA Chapter attended the Section 16 Agronomy CDE at Parkland College in Champaign. Team members included Morgan Jamison, Ella Forlines, Erin Forlines, Jodie Smith, Alaina Burgener, Hunter Mott and Jacob Nash. As a team Central A&M FFA received 4th place overall. Hunter Mott placed 4th place overall individual and Morgan Jamison place 10th place overall individual. Pictured from left: Ella Forlines, Hunter Mott, Morgan Jamison, Jacob Nash, Alaina Burgener, Jodie Smith and Erin Forlines.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

NRCS, U of I partner to help producers improve wildlife habitats
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — State Conservationist Ivan Dozier announced the U. S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer special funding to improve habitat for migratory water fowl in Central Illinois. Funds are made possible using the Mississippi River Basin Critical Conservation Area portion of NRCS’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). NRCS has partnered with the University of Illinois (U of I) to help producers improve natural resource concerns, namely migratory wildlife habitat and water quality. Producers can apply for this assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to plan and install drainage water management and cover crop practices.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Crude oil pulls grain markets higher in thin holiday trade
TAYLORVILLE — The grain markets are battling bearish fundamental undertones, but a strong performance from crude oil has encouraged some light buying interest in a week where the only thing predictable is unpredictability as trading volume is paper thin.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

NRCS to offer IL farmers special funding for PCM techniques
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — State Conservationist Ivan Dozier announced the U. S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer Illinois producers special funding for precision conservation management techniques as part of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Precision Conservation Management (PCM) is an innovative service program designed to combine financial farm business planning with precision conservation technology in a way that helps producers make intelligent conservation decisions for their operation.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Anticipating the Dec. 1 corn inventories difficult
URBANA, Ill. — The USDA releases the estimate of corn stocks held in the United States on Jan. 12. On the same date, the final estimate of the size of the 2017 corn crop is revealed. The estimates show the level of corn consumption during the first quarter of the 2017-18 marketing year. According to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs, these estimates allow for an updated projection of the level of stocks likely to be on hand at the end of the marketing year and will provide an indication of the direction for corn prices through the spring.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Career Development Event
NIANTIC — The Central A&M FFA Chapter traveled to Sangamon Valley High School to  participate in the Section 16 Dairy Products CDE. At the contest, members had to identify different types of cheese, differentiate between real and artificial dairy products, score and criticize milk samples, score and criticize milker head units, complete a mastitis test, take a written exam and solve a team problem. The members who attended this contest are pictured above from left are (front row) Morgan Jamison, Ella Forlines, Hailey Wilson, (back row) Maygan Durbin, Isaac Woodard and Drew Guebert. The team placed 6th overall. Drew Guebert was 8th place individual overall.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Kincaid woman among Dept. of Ag employees recognized for service
SPRINGFIELD, IL — Each year, the Department of Agriculture holds a holiday luncheon to honor all employees and recognize a select few for their outstanding service.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Registration open for small farm winter webinar series on enterprise, strategy
 URBANA, Ill. — Fields and gardens may soon be snowed over, but winter is the perfect time to develop new skills in small farming and local food production, whether it’s expanding to include new specialty crops or learning the art of high tunnel production.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

CA&M FFA Earns 2nd Career Development Event
NIANTIC — On Wednesday, November 29, members of the Central A&M FFA Chapter attended the Section 16 Veterinary Science CDE at Sangamon Valley High School. Team members included Alyssa Nichols, Aden Sanders, Gabbie Bertin, Jacob Daniels, Lanie Jamison and Erin Forlines. As a team, Central A&M FFA received 2nd place overall. Jacob Daniels was 3rd place individual overall, Lanie Jamison was 4th place individual overall, and Gabbie Bertin was 8th place individual overall. The purpose of the Veterinary Science CDE is to demonstrate professional ethics, decision-making, communication and problem-solving skills, as well as demonstrate technical competency with small and large animals in the areas of: anatomy and physiology, clinical procedures, identification, health and safety and medical terminology. Pictured from left are Erin Forlines, Alyssa Nichols, Aden Sanders, Gabbie Bertin, Jacob Daniels and Lanie Jamison.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

With ethanol production at record high, corn forecasts could be surpassed
 URBANA, Ill. — The recent strength in ethanol production has led to speculation about changes to USDA’s estimate of corn used for ethanol in the pending World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report. According to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs, ethanol production for the week ending Dec.1 set a new ethanol production record with an average of 1.108 million barrels per day, continuing eight consecutive weeks of more than a million barrels a day of production.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Soy association and Farm Bureau offering significant scholarships for ag majors
IAA Foundation offers scholarships to Farm Bureau families

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Agriculture students and Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) members and their children are encouraged to apply for 76 college scholarships offered by the IAA Foundation, Illinois Farm Bureau’s charitable arm. The scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $7,500 per year, will be awarded in total of $144,800 for the 2018-2019 school year.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Monsanto moves to stop Arkansas from banning weed killer dicamba
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Monsanto asked a judge Tuesday to prevent Arkansas from enforcing a proposal going before lawmakers next week that would ban the use of a weed killer that farmers in several states have said drifts onto their crops and causes widespread damage.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Two THS FFA members rank in top ten at section dairy food contest
TAYLORVILLE — The dairy products judging team took part in the Section 16 competition for this area. At this organized event students were required to judge milk defects, identify cheese, real vs. artificial dairy products, complete a 25 question dairy food test, and perform a team food science problem.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Illinois Farm Bureau members urge President Trump to remain in NAFTA
CHICAGO — Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) members urged President Donald Trump Tuesday to support American farmers by continuing trade negotiations with Canada and Mexico and remaining a part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Soybean export will play significant pricing role
URBANA, Ill. — United States soybean exports will play a significant role in determining soybean prices this marketing year. According to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs, the recent level of soybean exports from the United States trails last year’s pace. 
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Edinburg FFA Food Drive
EDINBURG — The Edinburg FFA hosted a successful school wide food drive during the week of the National FFA Convention. All donations collected went to the Edinburg Food Pantry. The food drive was turned into a school wide competition between classes, with the goal being to raise more donations for the pantry. The the winning class was Señora Skinners RtI. Second place was 2nd grade and 4th grade earned third place. The students collected over 650 items. Pictured form left are: Zander Doan, Roman Hudgins, Riley Bates, Paige Baker, Gracie Rodden, and Emilee Boyd.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

High tech ag: U of I offering new degree in computer science plus crop science
 URBANA, Ill. — Technology and data are increasingly integral to agriculture, and the University of Illinois’ Department of Computer Science and College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences have introduced a first-of-its-kind major built on that relationship.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Christian County 4-H Celebrates Achievement Night
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

IDNR warns landowners to check value of trees now with high market
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois forest landowners stand to be paid record-high prices for their mature forest trees and logs on farm and forest holdings, thanks to outstanding market prices for hardwood logs and lumber. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Division of Forest Resources is urging forest landowners to consult with a professional forester before agreeing to sell.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

2017 Illinois Farm Economics Summit will address managing financial stress
 URBANA, Ill. — This year’s Illinois Farm Economics Summit will address the profitability of Illinois agriculture and how to manage financial stress. The University of Illinois Extension and members of the farmdoc team from the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics in the College of ACES is offering a series of five Farm Economics Summit meetings to help producers with key issues they’re facing.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Reduce erosion, improve water quality, create habitat for wildlife, pollinators
TREMONT, Ill. — Farmers, landowners, conservation groups and community leaders interested in reducing soil erosion, improving water and soil quality, and providing wildlife and pollinator habitat are invited to apply for Trees Forever's Illinois Buffer Partnership. Trees Forever is taking applications until December 31.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

2 from CA&M FFA receive organization's top award
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Central A&M FFA traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana to participate in the 90th National FFA Convention and Expo. The top six members with the most FFA activity points had the opportunity to attend this year’s convention along with the State Employment Skills LDE Winner, Miss Abby Forlines.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

County team places first in overall livestock judging at community college
 QUINCY — John Wood Community College  held its 14th annual Ag Alumni Association Livestock Judging Invitational at the JWCC Agricultural Education Center, sponsored by ADM Alliance Nutrition and Moorman’s ShowTec and hosted by JWCC Agriculture Alumni Association and Livestock Evaluation Club. Three hundred and thirty students from 30 Illinois and Missouri high schools, FFA and 4-H clubs participated.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Ruling requires some livestock, poultry farmers to report emissions by Nov. 15
URBANA, Ill. —  Livestock and poultry farmers may have until Nov. 15 to notify public agencies if their facilities are likely to be responsible for a daily emission of over 100 lb. of either ammonia or hydrogen sulfide.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Forlines10th at National FFA Employment Skills LDE
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Central A&M FFA Member, Abby Forlines, daughter of Eric and Tami Forlines of Moweaqua, Ill. recently competed in the National FFA Employment Skills Leadership Development Event during the 90th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

U of I economist opines on corn price prospects
 URBANA, Ill. — December corn futures closed the week ending Oct. 27 at $3.48 per bushel continuing a pattern over the last month of small deviations within a range between $3.45 and $3.55.  Additionally, the monthly average price of corn received by U.S. producers has been less than $3.50 per bushel since August 2016 and has been below $4 for 37 consecutive months. According to University of Illinois agricultural economist Todd Hubbs, an extended rally in corn prices during the next marketing year requires reduced corn supplies, increased consumption, or some combination of both factors.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Expanding Brazilian sugarcane could dent global CO2 emissions
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Vastly expanding sugarcane production in Brazil for conversion to ethanol could reduce current global carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 5.6 percent, researchers report in the journal Nature Climate Change.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

CAM FFA supports local farmers with meals
CHRISTIAN COUNTY — On the days of Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14, members of the Central A&M FFA gave out free meals to local farmers driving semis and grain trucks to and from fields in both Moweaqua and Assumption.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Slow corn harvest generates light buying interest
TAYLORVILLE — Slow corn harvest has been lending some short covering to the markets this week, which has worked to push that market slightly higher this week toward the top side of its recent range.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017










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