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The release of the NOPA soybean crush estimates last Friday indicated crush levels picked up substantially in October.  Driven by a moderate export pace for soybeans and a decent crush margin, soybean crush appears back on track for the 2019-20…

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In 2018, the total noncapital living expenses of 1,306 farm families enrolled in the Illinois Farm Business Farm Management Association (FBFM) average was $77,999–or $6,500 a month for each family. This average was 2.3 percent lower than in 2017.  Another…

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Throughout its history, conservation policy can be understood, in part, as representing attempts at achieving balance. Policies have involved balancing the demands for producing crops with the limits of, and impacts on, natural resources; they have also tried to achieve…

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Puzzlement has surrounded prevent plant acres for corn in 2019. Specifically, using November 1 data from USDA, FSA, how can corn have 11.4 million prevent plant acres when corn planted (plus failed) acres are 87.1 million? One potential reason explored…

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Overall returns on Illinois grain farms are projected to be much lower in 2019 than recent years, resulting in more consumer about managing input costs. Fertilizer, seed, and pesticide costs represent a large portion of the total cost of producing…

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Despite the corn crop dropping by 118 million bushels in last Friday’s WASDE report, a 100 million bushel reduction in 2019-20 corn use muted any positivity.  While expected by most market observers, the slow pace of corn exports to begin…

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In the last few years, there has been a hot debate about how important it is for a country to be open to trade. As a result of the recent trade war between China and the United States, there is…

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