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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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  • FARM BILL 2014 CALCULATOR: UNDERSTAND YOUR FARM PROGRAM DECISIONS

    Published: Fri. Oct 17th, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Farm Bill 2014 is reported to be the most complicated Farm Bill in your farming history.  Couple that complication with the fact that there is no default into the same farm program you’re used to and it becomes clear: you MUST educate yourself on these new farm programs. You will have to decide which farm programs work best for you.  Not only will you have to understand them well enough for yourself, but you will also have to have a conversation with your land owners and explain the options to them.  The University of Illinois’ Farm Bill …Read More »
  • RECORD CORN HARVEST AND RAIL AVAILABILITY (audio)

    Published: Thu. Oct 16th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    It’s been rainy and wet and wet and rainy for a good string of days now, keeping many Illinois farmers out of the fields. There is a record harvest of corn out there waiting to be brought in. Elevators are already turning to ground storage and so are some farmers. Shippers are struggling to find access to rail cars in areas here and there. Maybe this harvest delay we’ve experienced this week will allow the system to sort itself out a bit? Click the link above to listen to this audio report to hear from a USDA economist and IL …Read More »
  • EPA ANNOUNCES FINAL DECISION TO REGISTER ENLIST DUO, HERBICIDE CONTAINING 2, 4-D AND GLYPHOSATE

    Published: Wed. Oct 15th, 2014 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    The EPA is registering the herbicide, Enlist Duo to manage the problem of resistant weeds. The pesticide is for use in controlling weeds in corn and soybeans genetically-engineered (GE) to tolerate 2,4-D and glyphosate.  The agency’s decision reflects a large body of science and an understanding of the risk of pesticides to human health and the environment.  Illinois Corn applauds the decision, considering any science based decision a win.  When emotions get in the way of scientific fact, negative precedents are set.  This decision reflecting scientific research on Enlist is commendable. This assessment is the third time in recent years …Read More »
  • SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THOSE PREPARING FOR CAREERS IN ETHANOL

    Published: Tue. Oct 14th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    For the sixth year, the Renewable Fuels Association is partnering with the Renewable Fuels Foundation to provide up to six (6) scholarships to students in higher education to attend the 20th Annual National Ethanol Conference: Going Global, which will be held February 18-20, 2015 in Grapevine, Texas. The NEC Scholarship Program seeks to attract students of higher learning who wish to pursue a career related to ethanol. Scholarships will cover the cost of the conference registration fee—an $895 value—making the conference free to the winners. More information, including the application for download, can be found here: http://www.nationalethanolconference.com/pages/scholarships. The deadline …Read More »
  • GRAIN HANDLING SAFETY VIDEO

    Published: Mon. Oct 13th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Take a look at this video regarding grain handling safety. At this time of year you are working long hours in stressful conditions. As you’re in your office, sit and watch this video and remember a few safety recommendations to keep you and your family safe. Illinois Corn is a member of the Grain Handling Safety Coalition. Agricultural safety cannot be stressed enough.  Following is a link to a brief video (about 3½ minutes) discussing harvest time safety put out by the Illinois Farm Bureau and the Grain Handling Safety Coalition: We encourage you to watch it then share …Read More »
  • E85 PRICE GOUGING

    Published: Fri. Oct 10th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    A recent report from the Renewable Fuels Association indicates there’s likely price gouging on E85 in the St. Louis market area. What’s the price of E85 near you? Illinois Corn is rolling out a new website where you can report E85 prices wherever you fill up. The goal is to provide transparency so that consumers like you know when you’re getting a good deal…and when you’re not. Check it out and sign up to participate at www.lowerpricedgas.com. Ethanol has been running anywhere from $0.60 to $1.00 cheaper than gasoline at wholesale levels. That should equate to E85 being substantially …Read More »
  • ARE YOU RAINED OUT? CONSIDER THIS OCT 10 FARM BILL WEBINAR

    Published: Thu. Oct 9th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Thursday brought rain to many areas and that may have you out of the field. Consider registering for a U of I FARMDOC webinar to help you understand your options in the new 2014 Farm Bill. IL Corn is a supporter of this work being carried out at the U of I. U of I's work will include a decision calculator that will soon be released. Read on for more information. Click this link to visit the IL Corn 2014 Farm Bill page for a link to the webinar registration. You can also find it at the bottom of …Read More »
  • LOW CORN PRICES GIVE ETHANOL BIGGER PRICE BOOST OVER OIL

    Published: Wed. Oct 8th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    While you’re out harvesting your portion of a record corn crop, ethanol continues to become cheaper relative to the price of oil. That’s a good thing IF we can get demand to grow as a result. However, arbitrary market barriers like the E10 blend wall are in the way. And proposed rules by the U.S. EPA aren’t helping, either. Today at the CME, November ethanol futures were at $1.60 a gallon. RBOB gasoline was at $2.32 for the same month. Although it’s not the most generous price spread we’ve seen recently, ethanol’s still more than 70 cents cheaper than gasoline. …Read More »
  • CONGRESSWOMAN DUCKWORTH'S OFFICE SPEAKS AT ETHANOL HEARING

    Published: Tue. Oct 7th, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    This daily update is available in an audio format by clicking here. More than 100 people listened to a briefing by the Environmental Energy Study Institute (EESI) earlier this week in Washington, DC. The topic of the briefing was cellulosic ethanol and the role the Renewable Fuel Standard plays in that industry. Illinois Corn has assisted EESI in putting together a series of briefings to update Washington, DC, insiders on what’s going on in the ethanol industry. To start things off at this briefing, Illinois Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth’s legislative director, Kalina Bakalov, provided opening remarks. Bakalov said …Read More »
  • ILLINOIS FARM FAMILIES UPDATE

    Published: Mon. Oct 6th, 2014 by: Becky Finfrock

    On September 13, Illinois Farm Families, the collaborative effort of Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Illinois Beef Association, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Pork Producers Association, Illinois Soybean Association, and Midwest Dairy Association, took Field Moms, their friends and guest healthcare professionals on a tour of Dean’s milk bottling plant in Huntley, Illinois and Linda and Dale Drendel’s dairy farm in Hampshire, Illinois.  Here is a look at what the tour accomplished: Beforehand, 60% of the moms felt they were not knowledgeable about dairy farming, but after, 100% of the moms felt they were at least somewhat knowledgeable about dairy farming.  …Read More »
  • ILLINOIS CORN MARKETING BOARD SEEKS INTERNS

    Published: Fri. Oct 3rd, 2014 by: Becky Finfrock

    The Illinois Corn Marketing Board is currently accepting applications for spring internships.  This is part of our effort to provide meaningful agricultural experience to college students and encourage investment in the industry as well as utilize college students to boost the image of the Illinois farmer. Applications for spring 2015 social media internships are due on December 1 and can be found at http://www.ilcorn.org/education/higher-education with interviews being held in Bloomington, IL between December 8 and 12, 2014.  Social media interns with the Illinois Corn Marketing Board are encouraged to promote agriculture via various social media outlets.  Each intern receives …Read More »
  • FALL NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

    Published: Thu. Oct 2nd, 2014 by: Becky Finfrock

    Now’s the time to be thinking about best management practices to protect against nutrient loss during the post-harvest time period. IL Corn joins other farm organizations in encouraging farmers to consider which best management practices make both the most sense and the most ‘cents’ on your farm. Identify those practices that work for you and implement them: that’s the message to farmers. “Regarding cover crop selection and seeding, there’s a small window of time that remains open for farmers in some areas of state, especially those farther north,” said Mike Plumer, Illinois Council on Best Management Practices (CBMP) coordinator. “It’s …Read More »
  • ILLINOIS NRCS ANNOUNCES EQIP APPLICATION DEADLINES

    Published: Wed. Oct 1st, 2014 by: Tricia Braid

    Illinois State Conservationist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Ivan Dozier announced that November 21, 2014 and January 16, 2015 will be the two Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) application deadlines. “Producers can sign-up for EQIP at any time throughout the year, but to compete for the upcoming funding periods, I encourage producers with resource concerns to submit an application by one of the application deadlines.” Dozier explains. Many applicants have shown interest in the funding pool to address soil erosion and water quality issues on cropland. “There are also funding pools for grazing land operations, confined livestock operations, organic …Read More »

 
 
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