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Low ag commodity prices drive machinery purchases

Low ag commodity prices drive machinery purchases

The latest report from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) shows the downward trend of machinery sales in each of the categories …

August 25, 2016 5:40 am(0)

Wet weather continues to challenge crops

Wet weather continues to challenge crops

Illinois farmers are struggling to make the best of what could be record-setting rainfall deep into the season.

August 25, 2016 5:28 am Photos

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Manufacturers seek to build cost-savings

Manufacturers seek to build cost-savings

Amid current ag production realities, equipment manufacturers say they are working to meet farmers’ needs by providing functional, cost-saving…

August 25, 2016 5:20 am(0)

Young farmers talk career challenges, success stories

Young farmers talk career challenges, success stories

While Illinois farmers are, on average, almost 60 years old, young people are getting established.

August 25, 2016 5:05 am Photos

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Big supply, big demand balance grain markets

Crop yields are expected to be big in 2016, but so is demand. As a result, strategies for marketing really haven’t changed dramatically in rec…

August 24, 2016 10:26 am(0)

Report indicates price volatility likely to continue

Last week’s USDA Cattle on Feed report is being viewed as slightly bearish by most analysts, and further cements the likelihood of price volat…

August 24, 2016 10:21 am(0)

Cattle markets can recover with lower volume

URBANA, Ill. — Lower cattle prices have been the story this spring and summer. Beef supply has been large due to heavy placements of heavy cal…

August 22, 2016 9:30 am(0)

Mornings at the Market

Mornings at the Market

BLOOMINGTON — A Saturday morning visit to the Downtown Bloomington Farmers Market in Central Illinois is always colorful this time of year.

August 21, 2016 2:15 pm Photos

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Farm income, land values remain pressured: STL Fed

ST. LOUIS — Midwest and Midsouth farm income and quality farmland values continued to decline during the second quarter of 2016, according to …

August 21, 2016 11:30 am(0)

Global economics curb U.S. farm exports

Global and U.S. agricultural export growth is tied closely to rising incomes in developing-country markets in Asia, Latin America, the Middle …

August 20, 2016 4:14 pm(0)

Fourth-quarter hog slaughter could push limits

Hog slaughter has remained similar to 2015 numbers for most of this year, but those numbers have ticked up in recent weeks. Over the past thre…

August 20, 2016 4:10 pm(0)

Follow rules to terminate leases

Depressed commodity prices continue to pressure Illinois farming operations.

August 20, 2016 12:00 pm(0)

Record yields and improved demand in August reports

USDA’s latest projections for U.S. corn and soybean production this fall announced August 12 showed record yields for both crops; however the …

August 20, 2016 11:00 am(0)

Machinery Matters: New features hint at what’s ahead in precision ag

Machinery Matters: New features hint at what’s ahead in precision ag

Most farmers are using some form of precision agriculture, but what lies ahead is unknown. Representatives of South Dakota State University (S…

August 19, 2016 4:02 pm(0)

Precision ag economics show nuanced cost-savings picture

Precision ag economics show  nuanced cost-savings picture

Properly weighing the costs and benefits of precision ag technology is no easy task, but economists say understanding how it fits into an indi…

August 18, 2016 8:00 am(0)

Illinois advocates for industrial hemp struggle with policy

Illinois advocates for industrial hemp struggle with policy

It’s not marijuana. You can’t get high on it. But you still can’t grow it.

August 18, 2016 7:45 am(0)