Posts

Showing posts from May, 2017

Post-Emergence Herbicides in Corn

Image
ifr170602–144
Post-Emergence Herbicides in Corn
Aaron Hager, Extension Weed Scientist - University of Illinois
read blog postIt is time for farmers to control weeds in their corn fields. However, as Todd Gleason reports, the cool, wet start to the growing season makes it doubly important to read and follow herbicide labels.1:55 radio
1:58 radio self-contained
1:56 tv
2:00 tv cg Farmers are heading to the field again. This time with machinery used to control weeds. The post-emergence herbicide labels they’ll be following usually allow applications to be made at various growth stages says University of Illinois Extension Weed Scientist Aaron Hager.(Gleason Stand Up) Hager says it is really important to read the label, making sure to get the height, or the stage, maybe both, of the crop correct.This is because most all of the products for corn have a growth stage listed on the label beyond which applications, at least broadcast applications, should not be made. It is usually either plant h…

Don’t Risk a Lot to Save a Little

ifr170526–143
Don’t Risk a Lot to Save a Little
Karen Chan, University of Illinois Extension
read blog post“Don’t risk a lot to save a little”, that simple phrase has stuck with University of Illinois Extension’s Karen Chan through many years. All the way back she says to when she learned it while studying for her Certified Financial Planner designation. It is one of three basic principles of risk management. The idea is not to try saving a nickel when that decision might end up costing $10. Karen has a list of examples.

Treat NOW for Emerald Ash Borer

ifr170526–142
Treat NOW for Emerald Ash Borer
Phil Nixon, Extension Entomologist - University of Illinois
read blog postEmerald ash borer adults are emerging from Illinois to Ohio and points northward. Todd Gleason has more on what to do if you want to save your tree.They’ll continue to do so for several weeks…
1:20 radio
1:37 radio self-containedThey’ll continue to do so for several weeks and it means now is the time to treat for them in hopes of saving your Ash tree. This should most definitely be done if the emerald ash borer has been found within fifteen miles of your tree says University of Illinois Extension Entomologist Phil Nixon.Nixon : …find the girls and you eliminate the problem.Quote Summary - If you treat the trees on an annual or bi-annual basis for approximately 20 years, this is about the amount of time it will take for the untreated trees to all die, then the number of emerald ash borer drops down and the boys cannot find the girls and you eliminate the problem. Again,…

Adjusting Nitrogen for this Corn Crop

Image
ifr170526–141
Adjusting Nitrogen for this Corn Crop
Emerson Nafziger, Agronomist - University of Illinois
read blog postDespite the wet weather many think may be causing nitrogen fertilizer to get away from corn plants, it is still far too early to make that decision. Todd Gleason has more…While it seems likely some nitrogen fertilizer…
2:14 radio
2:27 radio self-contained
2:17 tv
2:27 tv cgWhile it seems likely some nitrogen fertilizer has moved out of the upper soil as a result of rainfall this year University of Illinois Agronomist Emerson Nafziger says if soils dry out, the torrential rains stop, the sun shines, and the weather gets warmer things should be all good.Nafziger :29 …to look good in almost every field. The crop is going to tell us this. If by the middle of June some of the crop has really greened up nicely and some has not, then we might need to think about those that haven’t and determine if enough nitrogen is missing to cause this to take place. My suspicion is we will…

Trump Administration Budget Sets Farm Bill Guide Posts

ifr170526–139
Trump Administration Budget Sets Farm Bill Guide Posts
Jonathan Coppess, Agricultural Policy Specialist - University of Illinois This week the Trump Administration released its FY18 budget. It includes harsh cuts to agricultural entitlement programs. Todd Gleason discusses the plan with University of Illinois Agricultural Policy Specialist Jonathan Coppess.

Crop Progress & June Acreage Could be Really Bearish

Image
ifr170522–138
VOICER
Crop Progress & June Acreage Could be Really Bearish
Todd Hubbs, Agricultural Economist - University of IllinoisThere is a rule of thumb for marketing that says “Consider the crop year normal until that is no longer the case.” Yesterday’s USDA Weekly Crop Progress report - despite the rainy weather - tells us the nation’s farmers are on pace this season. They’ve planted 84% of the corn crop and 53% of the soybeans. For University of Illinois Agricultural Economist Todd Hubbs this suggests, at a minimum, farmers need to really think about making new crop soybean sales prior to the USDA’s June 30th Acreage Report.Hubbs :44 …could be really bearish soybean prices. Hubbs writes about commodity prices each week for the University of Illinois. Those articles are posted to the farm-doc-daily website each Monday.

Summer Pricing for Corn & Soybeans

ifr170526–137
Summer Pricing for Corn & Soybeans
Todd Hubbs, Agricultural Economist - University of Illinois Farmers should take heed of last week’s one day drop in the soybean market. Todd Gleason has more on why from the University of Illinois.Last Wednesday night the price of soybeans…
2:43 radio
2:51 radio self-contained Last Wednesday night the price of soybeans tumbled as news of a scandal in the Brazilian government developed. The price decline on one piece of political news says Todd Hubbs provides an indication of the precarious price situation. He has been, and continues to advise that farmers sell new crop soybeans and the University of Illinois agricultural economist has a timeline, too.Hubbs :31 …I think you might be prudent to do that.Quote Summary - There is only one direction I see soybean prices going currently, barring some type of extreme weather event, and that is downward. Yes, we’ve seen some difficult weather early in the crop year, but does that portent diff…

UPDATED | HRW Condition in Kansas with @KSUWheat

ifr170519–131
UPDATED | HRW Condition in Kansas with @KSUWheat
Romulo Lollato, Extension Wheat & Forage Specialist - Kansas State University The hard red winter wheat crop in Kansas has been under serious stress this spring. It’s been frozen, covered with snow, drown, and riddled with disease. Still, as Todd Gleason discovers, it may not be as bad off as conditions suggest.

6 Ways to Age Successfully

ifr170519–130
6 Ways to Age Successfully
Karla Belzer, Extension Family Life Educator - University of Illinois
read blog postStudies have shown there are six main characteristic to aging successfully:Maintaining a positive or optimistic attitude. People who are more positive and optimistic are more resilient due to their creative, flexible, and open ways of thinking about things. Surround yourself with positive, supportive people. Let go of worry and practice self-care by managing your stress, laughing, and practicing positive self-talk.Stay socially active. Get involved in a cause or interest, pursue a passion, and do something you enjoy each day. Being socially active will help you reduce stress and benefit your mental and physical well-being.Live with purpose. Looking beyond yourself through giving to others is a hallmark of people who live with purpose. Consider volunteering in your community and think of ways you can give back. Share a talent or skill with others. Work as a mentor …

Yellow Corn Needs Some Heat

Image
ifr170512–122 Yellow Corn Needs Some Heat
Emerson Nafziger, Extension Agronomist - University of IllinoisFarmers are worried about their corn crop across the Midwest. Some of it most certainly will need to be replanted because of standing water, but as Todd Gleason reports some whole fields have turned yellow. Farmer don’t worry too much about…
1:33 radio
1:48 radio self-contained
1:37 tv
1:55 tv cg Farmer don’t worry too much about a few very young yellow corn plants in their fields. They do get concerned when every plant is yellow. The problem, in this case, isn’t the wet weather says University of Illinois Agronomist Emerson Nafziger. Nafziger :10 …more than it is of wet soils. Quote Summary - Well, yellow corn is a direct consequence of having cool temperatures, more than it is of wet soils. It’s the night time temps that are mostly causing the problems. When those overnight lows are in the 30’s, and 40’s, it damages the leaf.Nafziger :32 …temperatures they way they are now. Quote…

The Condition of Kansas Wheat | an interview with Romulo Lollato

ifr170505–112
The Condition of Kansas Wheat | an interview with Romulo Lollato
Romulo Lollato, Extension Wheat & Forage Specialist - Kansas State UniversityThe Wheat Quality Tour has predicted a very good Kansas crop. However, as you’ll hear, the numbers produced are likely only good for the day they were released. Todd Gleason has more on how the hard red winter wheat crop may deteriorate.

Areas of Above & Below Trend Yields in the Corn-Belt

Image
ifr170505–110
Areas of Above & Below Trend Yields in the Corn-Belt
Gary Schnitkey, Agricultural Economist - University of Illinois
read farmdocDaily post

Farmers in Illinois and other parts of the eastern corn belt have had above average yields over the last several years. Gary Schnitkey wondered if this was due to the weather or some other reason. He explored the topic and came to three conclusions.



First, yield expectations in the current year likely are more heavily influenced by more recent experience. In those areas where yields have been high, it may be tempting to building financial budgets and expectations on relatively high yields. Doing so could result in higher projections of incomes than are warranted. Farmers in Illinois and other recent high yielding areas should be cautious about building in high yield expectations.

Second, the comparison of above average yields in Illinois and near average yields in Iowa is instructive in understanding whether high yields are caused …