Consider Infrastructure During World Trade Month

|  May, 24, 2016

While we’re celebrating World Trade Month, it just makes sense to also consider the infrastructure that makes growing exports possible. Check out this interview between Jim Tarmann, IL Corn staff, and John Jenkinson.

May is World Trade Month

|  May, 19, 2016

IL Corn invites you to join us, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), other sister farmer organizations and the International Trade Administration, a U.S. Department of Commerce agency that promotes U.S. exports, in celebrating World Trade Month this May.

Submit your photos to NCGA Contest

|  May, 17, 2016

The National Corn Growers Association calls on photographers to help tell the story of farming field corn in America through the third annual Fields-of-Corn Photo Contest. Through this contest, NCGA hopes to capture high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it. While the contest opened recently, interested participants will be able to submit multiple...

Start Thinking Cover Crops and Herbicides

|  May, 13, 2016

If you’re planning on a cover crop this fall, you need to be planning your in-season herbicides now. Mike Plumer, a retired University of Illinois Extension agronomist, who now specializes in conservation agriculture consulting, says that your herbicide choices could cost you your cover crop stand. Planning is vital. Listen to this audio update for the details. 

U.S. Grains Council Supports your Ethanol Export Markets

|  May, 10, 2016

Your Illinois corn checkoff dollars are invested by the Illinois Corn Marketing Board with the U.S. Grains Council to build demand for corn, ethanol, and DDGS exports around the world. Securing and maintaining export market opportunities are perhaps more vital to Illinois than any other state, as a larger volume of our corn crop leaves our state than it does in any other. To learn more, listen...

China Corn Policies Could Mean Changing World Prices

|  May, 05, 2016

Media reports indicate China is planning to move away from its corn stockpiling policies and reduce its surpluses of corn, which have negatively impacted global markets. Click to listen to an audio report on what's happening in China with Brian Lomar of the US Grains Council. The U.S. Grains Council, which is supported by Illinois Corn and other state corn checkoff organizations, is monitoring...

Where do Things Stand with Legislation Impacting Locks and Dams

|  May, 04, 2016

There was action in Congress recently on the Water Resources Development Act. Click to listen to Waterways Council, Inc. Vice President Paul Rohde provide an update.


|  May, 03, 2016

Rainfall averages of over 1.5” for the state of Illinois slowed planting progress last week, but you still made substantial gains overall. Showing what corn farmers can do with just a few good days, you gained an additional 24% of corn planting progress. Illinois is now at 66% planted to corn overall, far ahead of the 5-year average of 38%. That means that a majority of the crop is in the...