AG TRADE DURING FIRST HALF OF FISCAL YEAR IS UP

|  Apr, 14, 2017

Although seasonal ag export trade is down for the last couple months in total, ag trade for the first five months of the fiscal year, that’s October through February, is up. The numbers show that bulk commodities have the total trade export numbers up 16% by value over the same period last year. Export markets remain key to corn farmer profitability, especially in a state like Illinois that...

CORN REVENUES FOR 2017 COULD BE $741 PER ACRE SAYS U OF I

|  Apr, 20, 2017

The University of Illinois’ economist Dr. Gary Schnitkey forecasts in his farmdoc daily article “Revenues Below $700 per Acre Possible with Corn in 2017” that gross revenues on corn acres for 2017 could “range from a low in the mid-$600 range to a high of over $900 per acre,” with the “reasonable expectation” of $741 per acre. His analysis is based on historical data from Logan County,...

PETITIONS AVAILABLE FOR CORN CHECKOFF BOARD POSITIONS

|  Apr, 21, 2017

Farmers who would like to run for a three-year term on the Illinois Corn Marketing Board can now start circulating nominating petitions. Petitions are available at the ICMB office in Bloomington and at the Illinois Department of Agriculture in Springfield. To have their name placed on the ballot, candidates must submit a completed petition to the Director of Agriculture by the filing deadline...

ICGA PRESIDENT JUSTIN DURDAN COMMENTS ON SONNY PERDUE CONFIRMATION

|  Apr, 25, 2017

Illinois Corn Growers Association President Justin Durdan, a farmer from Utica, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Sonny Perdue as U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary.

NCGA CHAIRMAN HOSTS REGULATORY STAFFERS ON FARM

|  Apr, 28, 2017

National Corn Growers Association Chairman Chip Bowling, of Newburg, Maryland, hosted federal officials on his farm this week as part of a field day put on by the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA), the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and NCGA. The day featured demonstrations on seed treatments, planting practices, and equipment innovations that are bringing continuous...

APPROACHING WET WEATHER OFFERS OPPORTUNITY FOR WATER TESTING

|  Apr, 27, 2017

For most Illinois farmers, this week’s heavy rainfall will put a significant damper on corn planting, but it does offer a wonderful opportunity to test field water for nutrient runoff. Free, confidential water testing is available all over the state.

CASEY'S GENERAL STORE EXPANDING ETHANOL AVAILABILITY

|  Apr, 26, 2017

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois corn farmers’ checkoff dollars are bringing more ethanol to gasoline in the state in a partnership with Casey’s General Stores, Inc., that will result in the addition of E15 and E85 pumps at multiple fueling locations. Casey’s General Stores, Inc., a Midwest convenience store chain, will expand consumer choice by offering higher ethanol blends of E15 and E85 at 17...