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Our Daily Update 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 the Daily Update 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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  • MARK YOUR CALENDAR: DICAMBA USE DISCUSSION MARCH 9

    Published: Fri. Feb 24th, 2017 by: Tricia Braid

    Farmers’ increasing interest in the use of dicamba to manage weed pressure as well as improve crop yields for increased revenue both will be addressed at the 2017 Agronomy Day, held March 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Macon (IL) Community Center, along Route 51 at Woodcock Rd., south of Decatur. The conference is free, however pre-registration to reserve a noon meal is requested. See the full story for details. Bob Wolf, a national authority on crop spray technology, will address the application of dicamba to protect against drift while using the new product chemistry to control …Read More »
  • IL CORN ON INSTAGRAM: CHECK US OUT!

    Published: Thu. Feb 23rd, 2017 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Our members and check off contributors have told us that helping non-farmers understand agriculture is a top priority.  Certainly social media MUST be a part of that equation as 62 percent of Americans get their news via social media and 18 percent do so often.  This data, according to a survey by Pew Research Center, is almost a year old already so that number has likely increased. Your IL Corn Instagram account is one way to fill in that non-farmer education gap. This year, 89.4 million Americans will log on to Instagram at least once a month, representing 34.1% …Read More »
  • YOU ASKED FOR IT, HERE IT IS: TRADE STATS WITH MEXICO

    Published: Wed. Feb 22nd, 2017 by: Tricia Braid

    The news is ripe with talk about agricultural trade. We’re getting calls and emails into this office, and some of you might be getting calls and emails from the media looking for your input for the discussion. We hope that the following information will be of use. IL Corn knows that foreign market access is a key component of your demand picture, and therefore your profitability. In 2016, Mexico became the largest U.S. market for corn. But what portion of that market does Illinois own? That’s really hard to pin down. Due to how export data is tracked, we only …Read More »
  • FIFTH CONSECUTIVE RECORD YEAR FOR US PORK EXPORTS TO MEXICO

    Published: Tue. Feb 21st, 2017 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    U.S. pork exports set a new volume record in 2016, reaching 2.31 million metric tons, thanks in part to a fifth consecutive record year for exports to Mexico. Click here for an audio report from Dan Halstrom, U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) senior vice president for marketing.  Halstrom says that Mexico is an especially strong destination for hams, but the U.S. industry ships a wide range of pork cuts to Mexico. Halstrom adds that other Western Hemisphere markets also made important contributions to U.S. pork export growth in 2016. Exports to Canada were higher year-over-year, shipments to Central America …Read More »
  • LETTER TO EPA CALLS FOR SOLUTION TO COSTLY, BURDENSOME ETHANOL REGULATIONS

    Published: Mon. Feb 20th, 2017 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    Last week, five Senators sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, asking him to address the EPA’s volatility regulation, a rule that makes it more difficult to sell ethanol blends above 10% year-round. The senators asked the administrator to extend the 1-psi Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver to E15 and other higher ethanol blends. When it’s really hot, emissions evaporate from your fuel (evaporative emissions) and can cause summertime air pollution.  The EPA doesn’t want that to happen. So they measure the evaporative emissions using the Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) standard.  The higher the RVP of a fuel, the …Read More »
  • STATEMENT REGARDING SENATE APPROVAL OF SCOTT PRUITT

    Published: Fri. Feb 17th, 2017 by: Tricia Braid

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Corn Growers Association President Justin Durdan, a farmer from Utica, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate’s approval of Scott Pruitt’s nomination to be U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator. “Illinois Corn Growers Association has a long history of working on agricultural issues that are impacted by decisions made at the U.S. EPA. With the Senate’s approval today of President Trump’s nominee to the position of EPA Administrator, we can now move forward to continue that work. “Top of mind for us is ethanol, of course, and Mr. Pruitt’s answers during his Senate confirmation hearing indicate to …Read More »
  • ICGA DIRECTOR COMMENTS ON SOUTHERN ILLINOIS NUTRIENT LANDSCAPE

    Published: Thu. Feb 16th, 2017 by: Taylor McDonald

    The Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale's College of Agricultural Sciences will be holding a nutrient management forum on March 15. The forum will prioritize the unique challenges that Southern Illinois farmers face regarding nutrient management. Illinois Corn Growers Association District 12 Director Don Guinnip is quoted in the article from FarmWeekNow.com, highlighting the need for unique nutrient loss reduction strategies. He argues that the soil landscape of Southern Illinois necessitates an inherently different strategy than farmers who live in Central or Northern Illinois. You can find out more by reading the Read More »
  • KEEP SAVING: 2017 FARM INCOMES PROJECTED LOWER THAN 2016

    Published: Wed. Feb 15th, 2017 by: Lindsay Mitchell

    According to an analysis released yesterday by the University of Illinois, farm incomes will continue their downward trend, with farmers making less in 2017 than in 2016.   Trend yields and commodity prices of $3.80 per bushel for corn and $9.90 per bushel for soybeans are used in 2017 projections, and if these prices hold, farmers’ financial position will further weaken in 2017.   After being at higher levels from 2010 to 2012, net incomes have decreased each year from 2012 to 2015. In 2015, net incomes averaged $500 per farm, the lowest level of any year between 1995 and 2015, …Read More »
  • NEW HOG BARN DIVERSIFIES FARM AND SUPPORTS LOCAL COMMUNITY

    Published: Tue. Feb 14th, 2017 by: Taylor McDonald

    IL Corn is a proud member of the Illinois Livestock Development Group, a coalition of different organizations that supports livestock production. One way that we achieve this goal is by providing farmers, new and experienced, with important resources to make their farm flourish and remain sustained for generations to come. Additionally, we work with farmers to educate surrounding communities about livestock production through in-person tours where they can ask their burning questions. Here's one such event from Effingham County:   Effingham, IL – Clark McWhorter and his wife, Rachael, wanted to diversify their Effingham County family cattle and grain farm. …Read More »
  • MARK YOUR CALENDAR: DICAMBA USE DISCUSSION MARCH 9

    Published: Mon. Feb 13th, 2017 by: Tricia Braid

    Farmers’ increasing interest in the use of dicamba to manage weed pressure as well as improve crop yields for increased revenue both will be addressed at the 2017 Agronomy Day, held March 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Macon (IL) Community Center, along Route 51 at Woodcock Rd., south of Decatur. The conference is free, however, pre-registration to reserve a noon meal is requested. Bob Wolf, a national authority on crop spray technology, will address the application of dicamba to protect against drift while using the new product chemistry to control hard to manage weeds.  Dr. Travis …Read More »

 
 
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