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Gardner Policy Series

Understanding Budget Implications of Cover Crops

  • June 28, 2018
  • Krista Swanson, Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess and Shalamar Armstrong

Farmers remain under pressure to adopt practices that will reduce nutrient losses from their fields and cover crops are considered the most effective in-field practice for reducing nitrogen and phosphorus…
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Gardner Policy Series

Five-Year Income Projections for Grain Farms

  • June 26, 2018
  • Krista Swanson, Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess and Nick Paulson

Five-year financial projections for Illinois grain farms suggests continued low farm incomes, given that yields are at trend levels with corn prices near $3.60 per bushel and soybean prices ranging…
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Weekly Outlook

Anticipating June 1 Corn Stocks

  • June 25, 2018
  • Todd Hubbs

As trade issues continue to inject uncertainty into commodity markets, the USDA reports due for release on June 29 look to impart additional data on corn demand and supply moving…
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Is Corn Oversold?

  • June 18, 2018
  • Todd Hubbs

A combination of trade uncertainty and a strong start to the growing season led corn prices to tumble lower last week.  The sharp selloff in the corn market occurred despite…
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Machinery Values on Illinois Grain Farms

  • June 15, 2018
  • Brandy Krapf, Dwight Raab and Bradley Zwilling

As farm incomes began to increase after 2006 due to higher grain prices, machinery values began to increase as well. There are many reason for this increase. We will compare…
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Weekly Outlook

Soybeans under Pressure

  • June 11, 2018
  • Todd Hubbs

Soybean prices continued to move lower last week as trade issues and a strong start to the growing season continue to pressure prices.  At this time, very little positive news…
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Seedling Diseases of Soybeans

  • June 6, 2018
  • Nathan Kleczewski

Although the weather has been predominantly dry, some producers are reporting issues with seedling diseases in several areas of the state. Consequently, now is an excellent time to brush up…
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Weekly Outlook

Pork Industry May Face Large Losses

  • June 4, 2018
  • Chris Hurt

Large pork supplies, rising costs, and potential trade retaliation from both Mexico and China continue to cast a shadow over the pork industry. Losses are expected for the rest of…
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