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Turkey Facts (self contained for Thanksgiving Day)

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Turkey Facts (self contained for Thanksgiving Day)
http://urbanext.illinois.edu/turkey/Running Time – 2:02For University of Illinois Extension I’m Todd Gleason. Happy Thanksgiving. Here’s a list of turkey facts, you might find of interest.Ben Franklin, in a letter to his daughter, proposed the turkey as the official United States bird.In 2012, the average American ate 16 pounds of turkey.The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.The male turkey is called a tom.The female turkey is called a hen.The turkey was domesticated in Mexico and brought to Europe in the 16th century.Wild turkeys can fly for short distances up to 55 miles per hour.Wild turkeys can run 20 miles per hour.Turkeys’ heads change colors when they become excited.Most of the turkeys raised for commercial production are White Hollands.It takes 75–80 pounds of feed to raise a 30 pound tom turkey…

Weekly Outlook | Soybean Export Prospects for 2017–18

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Weekly Outlook | Soybean Export Prospects for 2017–18
Todd Hubbs, Commodity Markets Specialist - University of IllinoisUp Next… U.S. soybean exports need to continue to build on the strength seen in the 2016–17 marketing year. The ability to exceed the current USDA export projections in 2017–18 is a possibility, but it is heavily dependent on South American production and the continued growth in demand from importers. Todd Gleason has more from the University of Illinois…

Nov 19 | WILLAg Newsletter

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7:15am Sunday, November 19, 2017

Good Morning,

The Farm Assets Conference is this Tuesday, November 21st. The doors open at 9:30am. Please take time to register now online or by calling during regular business hours Monday 800–898–1065. I hope to see you in Normal! Walk-in registration is available the day of the event.

Todd Gleason
tgleason@illinois.edu or (217) 333–9697


Winter Meetings, an Apology, and a Thank You
The winter meeting season has arrived. You may follow along with where I’ll be on the WILLAg.org website, just click on Calendar. If you’d like to schedule a WILLAg Marketing Panel, me, or any of the other University of Illinois experts to be on your meeting’s agenda just email tgleason@illinois.edu or call (217) 333–9697 - this rolls to my mobile and I will answer in the evening hours.

On that note! Many thanks go to Ron Gray and company (Country Financial, Farm Bureau, Extension) in southern Illinois for hosting a WILLAg Panel Thursday evening. It’s been a long time since …

Nitrogen Fertilizer Prices and Costs Lower for 2018 | Interview

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Nitrogen Fertilizer Prices and Costs Lower for 2018 | Interview
Gary Schnitkey, Agricultural Economist - University of Illinois
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Nitrogen fertilizer prices are averaging lower now than in any time since September 2008. These lower prices could translate into roughly a $10 per acre saving in nitrogen fertilizer for the coming 2018 production year. Further savings may be possible for those farms who are applying above recommended nitrogen rates and are willing to cut fertilizer application rates. University recommendations suggest nitrogen application rates well below 200 pounds in northern and central Illinois.

Todd Gleason talked with University of Illinois agricultural economist Gary Schnitkey about his farmdocDaily article.

Average anhydrous ammonia prices in Illinois are reported approximately twice a month in the Illinois Production Cost Report, a publication of the Agricultural Marketing Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. …

Using the Productivity Index to Figure Cash Rents

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Using the Productivity Index to Figure Cash Rents
Gary Schnitkey, Agricultural Economist - University of Illinois Right now farmers are in the middle of negotiating 2018 cash rents. This while their incomes have been depressed for four years. Todd Gleason reports Agricultural economist Gary Schnitkey has been working up a way for landowners and their tenants to feel better about bringing cash rents down. The University of Illinois number cruncher has…
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2:00 radio self-containedThe University of Illinois number cruncher has developed a formula to derive cash rent from a fields P.I.. That’s the Productivity Index. It is benchmarked, in a fashion, to USDA’s Cash Rents Survey and uses a geographic adjustment tied to the CRD, that’s USDA’s Crop Reporting District. This allows for demand patterns in an area to show up in the formula. Schnitkey, in a farmdocDaily article says the P.I. and CRD adjustment explains 91% of the variability in the average cash rents as repor…

Corn Supply A Burden To Prices | Interview

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Corn Supply A Burden To Prices | Interview
Todd Hubbs, Commodity Markets Specialist - University of Illinois The USDA’s Crop Production report released on November 9 reported an unexpectedly large corn yield increase for the 2017 crop. Corn prices suffered a moderate decline following the report release considering the magnitude of the yield increase. However, University of Illinois Commodity Markets Specialist Todd Hubbs says corn prices will struggle to find support due to the ample supply available during the 2017–18 marketing year.

2017 a Good Year for Pumpkin Pies

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2017 a Good Year for Pumpkin Pies
Mohammad Babadoost, Extension Plant Pathologist - University of IllinoisDespite a scare in mid-August, the 2017 pumpkin crop is looking good. Not the jack-a-lantern type, although those did well, too. But, as Todd Gleason reports, the kind used for pumpkin pie filling.Farmers in Illinois raise the overwhelming…
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1:10 radio self-contained Farmers in Illinois raise the overwhelming majority of pumpkins used to make the pies served at Thanksgiving. Something like 90 percent of the pumpkin pie filling comes from fields in an area mostly around Peoria. These are canning pumpkins says University of Illinois Extension’s Mohammad Babadoost.Babadoost :04 Illinois is far ahead of any other state in the nation. Babadoost has been tasked with a lot of the research that goes into making sure the crop stays healthy all season long. He’s a plant pathologist for University of Illinois Extension and says although there was a time in mid-August t…

University of Illinois Land Leasing Process Updated

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University of Illinois Land Leasing Process Updated
Kim Kidwell, Dean of the College of ACES - University of Illinois The University of Illinois is updating its farmland leasing policies. Todd Gleason has more on how. read Kim Kidwell’s “Honoring Our Farmland Legacy” postU of I farms have been cash rented…
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2:22 radio self-contained U of I farms have been cash rented in an open bid process since the middle of the last decade. The Dean of the College of ACES, Kim Kidwell, says that process has been updated to better reflect the working relationships ILLINOIS has with farmers. Kidwell :24 …holistic view of the farming operation instead of simply profit. Quote Summary - Which is more geared towards a best management approach that looks at fair market value, the history of the tenant in conservation, sustainability, productivity, education level, access to high tech equipment, modern technology. It really does look at a holistic view of the farming operation instead…

Harvest Emergency Declared in Illinois | State Roadway Limits Increased

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Harvest Emergency Declared in Illinois | State Roadway Limits Increased
Governor Bruce Rauner, State of IllinoisFarmers in Illinois can move more grain in every truckload for the next 45 days. Todd Gleason has more…The state, for the first time ever…
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1:16 radio self-contained The state, for the first time ever, has declared a Harvest Emergency. This is because rain has slowed the fall harvest. Governor Bruce Rauner made the announcement Sunday allowing each truck to carry 10% more weight. Rauner :30 …get the products to market and support our farmers. Quote Summary - As of today, for 45 days, farmers can easily get a permit online with the Department of Transportation. I just hung up with Randy Blankenhorn an hour ago and he says the DOT is all ready to go. It can be turned around immediately for everybody that needs to increase their weigh load. So, to all the farmers around the state, there is expanded capability. You can carry 10 percent more weight in your …

A Better Choice | Common Milkweed for Monarch Butterflies

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A Better Choice | Common Milkweed for Monarch Butterflies
Jason Haupt, Extension Environmental Stewardship - University of Illinoisby Jason Haupt
Friday November 3, 2017We have been hearing about how Monarch Butterflies are in trouble. The question is “what to do to help the Monarch’s?” The common answer has been to plant more milkweed, but is this the best advice to give? Is the answer to the Monarch question much more complicated than just planting more milkweed?Monarch Butterflies are amazing creatures. I cannot think of any other creature that begins a journey in one place and finds its way to a place that it has never been. Monarchs, from much of North America, spend the winter months in the highlands in southern Mexico. They make this journey from the northern part of North America, flying all the way down to Mexico.The conservation of Monarch Butterflies is a complicated question. One of the biggest influences on populations has been the loss of habitat, which is w…

More Money Raising Soybeans

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More Money Raising Soybeans
Gary Schnitkey, Agricultural Economist - University of IllinoisFor four years in a row farmers in Illinois, other parts of the nation too, have made more money on soybeans than corn. Todd Gleason has more on the trend…The numbers are pretty clear and…
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2:19 radio self-contained The numbers are pretty clear and University of Illinois Agricultural Economist Gary Schnitkey lays them out in an online farmdocDaily article. He says, on average, soybeans have been more profitable than corn since 2013.Schnitkey :24 …seen soybean prices increase relative to corn prices.Quote Summary - One of the things we’ve seen is that soybean prices, when compared to corn, have been relatively strong since 2013. The ration of soybean to corn prices has been 2.74 since 2013, and it was 2.42 before that. So, we’ve seen soybean prices increase relative to corn prices.And farmers have responded to the price. When you look at historic price ratio changes, it is …

Nov 9 U of I Webinar | Local Government & the Opioid Crisis

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Nov 9 U of I Webinar | Local Government & the Opioid Crisis
Nancy Ouedraogo, Community & Economic Development - University of Illinois register online for free todayThis coming Thursday a University of Illinois Extension webinar targeted to local government officials will explore opioid addiction in the state. Todd Gleason has more. The webinar is free and should provide…
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1:07 radio self-contained The webinar is free and should provide local government and community leaders in rural counties with information to address the opioid crisis says University of Illinois Extension’s Nancy Ouedraogo (whoa-droh-go).Ouedraogo :17 …or EMS county systems.Quote Summary - We’ve also reached out to community outreach or public information officers, those that work in public outreach in the health sector. So, community health workers that might be employed by hospitals or EMS county systems. Participants in this webinar will learn about the impact of opioids on Illinoi…

A Narrowing of the Gap on Corn and Soybean Crop Revenue

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A Narrowing of the Gap on Corn and Soybean Crop Revenue
Gary Schnitkey, Agricultural Economist - University of Illinois

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On average in Illinois, soybeans have been more profitable than corn since 2014, an unusual situation given that Illinois is in the heart of the Corn Belt. Todd Gleason explores with University of Illinois Agricultural Economist Gary Schnitkey how both costs and revenue from the two crops contribute to this situation.

Upcoming Webinar | Local Government & the Opioid Crisis

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Upcoming Webinar | Local Government & the Opioid Crisis
Nancy Ouedraogo, Community & Economic Development -University of Illinois

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Thursday, November 9 a University of Illinois Extension webinar targeted to local government officials in rural Illinois will explore opioid addiction in the state. The webinar is free and should provide local government and community leaders with information to address the opioid crisis. Todd Gleason has more…



Webinar Information
The Opioid Crisis: Community Strategies for Treatment and Recovery
- Presented by: Heidi Clark, Division Chief of Health Data and Policy from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)

Noon–1PM on Thursday, November 9, 2017

Opioid addiction is of increasing concern to rural Illinois. Please join us for this free webinar to learn about how local government officials and community leaders can address the opioid crisis.
Heidi Clark received her undergraduate degree at Stanford Unive…