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CORN SCOOPS

Our Corn Scoops stories represent a collection of news from various sources that Illinois corn farmers might find valuable. From time to time, we also sprinkle in a bit of opinion! Our goal for Corn Scoops is to provide a service to our membership – a one stop location to catch up on the important issues of the week and to keep up to date on Illinois agriculture.

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  • Corn Harvest Underway

    Published: Tue. Sep 1st, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    HARVEST UNDERWAY The 2015 corn crop is on its way to the bin. That’s kept some folks from attending the Farm Progress Show in Decatur this week, including Illinois Corn Marketing Board Director Bill Long. Bill was interviewed by Bloomberg news regarding his corn crop. At IL Corn we know that prices are down to break even or lower for many of you. That’s why we’re working to build demand. Read the Bloomberg article below. Article originally posted at this link from Bloomberg news by Megan Durisin and Jeff Wilson. From Soaked to Choked, Midwest Corn Farms Showing Damage …Read More »
  • FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKS WOTUS RULE IN 13 STATES

    Published: Fri. Aug 28th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    In a decision that is a major roadblock for the EPA, a North Dakota federal judge ruled late on Thursday that the 13 states suing to block the rule met the conditions for a preliminary injunction. Illinois was not one of the 13 states suing the EPA.  The states have indicated that they would likely be harmed if courts didn’t act. In the order, Judge Ralph Erickson of the District Court for the District of North Dakota said, ““Once the rule takes effect, the states will lose their sovereignty over intrastate waters that will then be subject to the scope …Read More »
  • FREE, CONFIDENTIAL WATER TESTING AVAILABLE AT FARM PROGRESS SHOW

    Published: Thu. Aug 27th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Illinois Corn Growers Association is offering farmers free water testing at the Farm Progress Show. The testing identifies a nitrate level in the water sample provided. The process is free of charge and the results will remain confidential. Those interested in participating should bring 8oz sample(s) from farm tile lines, a pond, stream, or other water source to the Illinois Corn exhibit at lot #355. Participants will receive on-the-spot information regarding the nitrate level in the water sample. No names or nitrate levels are recorded. This information is important for farmers to know as they consider best management practices that …Read More »
  • COOL WEATHER DELAYS CORN PROGRESS

    Published: Wed. Aug 26th, 2015 by: Hannah Ferguson

      While the percent of corn acres having reached the dented stage appears to be near the five-year average, actual crop progress has already been and may be further delayed due to unseasonably cool weather. According to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 39 percent of corn acres had reached the dented stage as of August 23, only four points behind the five-year average for this time. While corn doughing surpassed the five-year average progress by four points, key states lag in denting progress and, with cool weather forecast for much of the Corn Belt this …Read More »
  • CORN GROWERS GIVE AWAY LAWN MOWER

    Published: Tue. Aug 25th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    Illinois Corn Growers Association is giving away a new, John Deere Z925M Flex Fuel Zero-Turn lawn mower at the Farm Progress Show, the value of which illustrates the lost nutrient investment in an example farm in the Decatur area. Decatur, the home of the 2015 Farm Progress Show, falls in the Upper Sangamon watershed. Nitrate-nitrogen losses in the area average 26 pounds per acre on tile-drained land according to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Illinois Department of Agriculture’s Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (Strategy). In the example created by IL Corn for this illustration, an 800 acre tile-drained farm …Read More »
  • IL CORN HOSTS SOIL HEALTH EVENT AUGUST 26

    Published: Mon. Aug 24th, 2015 by: Tricia Braid

    An August 26 Soil Health Field Day to be held at the Illinois Corn Growers Association office will promote budding agricultural practices.  Providing food, fuel and fiber for a growing population while protecting resources for future generations is one of agriculture’s greatest challenges. To that end, many farmers are embracing innovative technology and practices to achieve ambitious strides. This effort is related to the work of the Illinois Council on Best Management Practices. Please RSVP your attendance. The information is below. The Soil Health Partnership hopes to share ideas fueling this evolution, and will host a soil health educational …Read More »
  • BULLET POINTS TO HELP YOU CONNECT WITH YOUR CONGRESSMAN

    Published: Fri. Aug 21st, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The House of Representatives is back in session on September 8, giving you a little more than two weeks to connect with your Congressman while he or she is in Illinois for the August district work period. If you haven’t already, call and schedule an appointment or check out your Congressman’s schedule of events on their website.  Make a point to connect with them, develop a relationship with them, and explain to them what you’re facing on your farm. You’re probably starting to worry about low farm prices – or maybe you’ve already been worried for a while.  Tell your …Read More »
  • GAS PRICE SPIKE COULD HAVE BEEN NEGATED BY ETHANOL

    Published: Thu. Aug 20th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Data released this week by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) confirm that the unplanned outage of a 240,000-barrels-per-day unit at a refinery in Whiting, Indiana, caused gas prices to spike throughout the Midwest. EIA noted that, on Aug. 17, regular gasoline prices in the Midwest increased by 32 cents a gallon from the previous week to $2.79 a gallon — which, according to EIA, is the largest weekly increase for Midwest gasoline prices since the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. “The EIA data show that the refinery outage made a serious dent in the wallets of consumers,” said Bob …Read More »
  • UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT OF THE RFS IN YOUR AREA!

    Published: Wed. Aug 19th, 2015 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is driving billions of dollars of economic activity across America.  This is the result of years of investment by the biofuel sector to bring clean, low carbon renewable fuels to market … and your legislators might not understand the full impact to their district yet. If you have a planned activity or appointment to visit with your legislator while they are back in Illinois during the month of August, you might consider sharing the following resource with them. The economic activity driven by the RFS creates a ripple effect as supplier firms and employees …Read More »
  • FARMERS SHOW STRONG INTEREST IN SOIL HEALTH FIELD DAYS

    Published: Tue. Aug 18th, 2015 by: Hannah Ferguson

      Field days to promote practices that improve soil health are underway in Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, with at least a dozen more events planned in those states as well as Ohio and Nebraska. Hosted by the Soil Health Partnership, the field days demonstrate how changing certain practices, such as adding cover crops, can create lasting environmental benefits while potentially increasing farm productivity and income. On Aug. 4, Don Elsbernd hosted local growers to a tour of his farm near Postville, Iowa to see what management practices he had implemented to improve the health of his soil. "Healthy soils help …Read More »

 
 
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