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Corn & Soybean Planting Date Recommendations

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Corn & Soybean Planting Date Recommendations
Emerson Nafziger, Extension Agronomist - University of Illinois Coming up, we’ll hear some planting date recommendations from Emerson Nafziger. Todd Gleason reports the University of Illinois agronomist is surprised by the consistency between corn and soybeans. The University of Illinois has conducted planting date…
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2:40 radio self-containedThe University of Illinois has conducted planting date studies for decades. Emerson Nafziger smiles to himself when he says he’s been here for more than a couple of them. It’s the last 10 years he says that has really changed things.Nafziger :28 …as it probably was twenty or thirty years ago.The big surprise we are finding is that corn and soybean responses are so similar. What I think has happened with genetic improvement in both crops is that they have both become more stress tolerant and resilient. Consequently, late planting is not quite so damaging to yield potential as i…

Are Native Plants Better than Non-Native

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Are Native Plants Better than Non-Native
Chris Enroth, Extension Horticulture - University of Illinois
read blog articleThe time of year has come to think about what plants you’d like to put in your yard and garden. Todd Gleason talks with University of Illinois Extension’s Chris Enroth about how he decides what to plant, and… what to constrain.

Are Cooking Oils Interchangeable

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Are Cooking Oils Interchangeable
Jenna Smith, Extension Nutrition & Wellness, University of Illinois
read blog articleAs you read a recipe, you see it calls for canola oil, but all you have is olive oil. Do you reach for the canola or put on your shoes and head to the store? Todd Gleason talks with University of Illinois Extension’s Jenna Smith about the interchangeability of cooking oils.

Corn Prices Moving Forward | an interview with Todd Hubbs

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Corn Prices Moving Forward | an interview with Todd Hubbs
Todd Hubbs, Agricultural Economist - University of IllinoisMay corn futures’ prices tumbled to the lowest price level since December during the week ending March 24. Large crop estimates from around the world placed downward pressure on the corn market despite some positive domestic consumption numbers in exports and corn used for ethanol. Still, Todd Hubbs from the University of Illinois is hopeful there could be some support left in the corn market over time.read full article on farmdocDaily

The American Robin: Living up to its Superhero Image

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The American Robin: Living up to its Superhero Image
Chris Enroth, Extension Horticulture Educator - University of Illinois

by Chris Enroth, University of Illinois Extension

After an exceptionally mild winter, I noted my first robin sighting about three weeks ago. During that initial observation, scores of robins had arrived in my yard. Spring is a time of year when the migratory American robin can be found scouring the earth in search of protein. Sipping on my coffee, wave after wave of robins hopped through the yard, stopping to cock their head, as if listening for worms in the soil below. Scratching and digging through my leaf mulch, these red-breasted thrushes, found quite a feast.




Our American Robin suffers from an unfortunate Latin/scientific name coincidence- Turdus migratorius. Thumbing through various literature, ornithologists with an impeccably matter-of-fact tone describe the origin of Turdus as Latin for “thrush.”

Though my first sighting of a r…

Historical Planted Acre Changes for Corn and Soybeans | an interview with Gray Schnitkey

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Historical Planted Acre Changes for Corn and Soybeans | an interview with Gray Schnitkey
Gary Schnitkey, Agricultural Economist- University of Illinois

Friday, March 31, 2017, USDA will release the Prospective Plantings report. The survey of U.S. farmers will estimate how many acres of corn and soybeans will be sown this spring. University of Illinois Agricultural Economist Gary Schnitkey talks with Todd Gleason about the historical changes in planted acres.



by Gary Schnitkey
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At its annual Agricultural Outlook Conference in February, USDA projected that planted acres of corn would decrease from 94.0 million acres in 2016 to 90.0 million in 2017, a decrease of 4 million planted acres. At the same time, soybean acres are projected to increase from 83.4 million acres in 2016 to 88.0 million in 2017, an increase of by 4.6 million acres. Herein, we evaluate historical changes in acres across counties, thereby providing perspective on where likely 2017 acrea…

Building Extension 3.0

Kim Kidwell, Dean of the College of ACES - University of IllinoisExtension personnel facilitate the translation of many of the fantastic discoveries made at land-grant universities to people around the world. Oftentimes, this is the only way that this valuable information reaches people so they can make good decisions that improve the qualities of their lives. Kim Kidwell, Dean of the University of Illinois College of ACES, believes Extension embodies the essence of the land-grant mission because this is where transformation happens. She discusses, with Todd Gleason, how the future of Extension in the state of Illinois can provide the basis through which the discovery process can continue to help change people’s lives.Read more from College of ACES Dean Kim Kidwell’s blog post here.

Building Extension 3.0

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Building Extension 3.0
Kim Kidwell, Dean of the College of ACES - University of IllinoisExtension personnel facilitate the translation of many of the fantastic discoveries made at land-grant universities to people around the world. Oftentimes, this is the only way that this valuable information reaches people so they can make good decisions that improve the qualities of their lives. Kim Kidwell, Dean of the University of Illinois College of ACES, believes Extension embodies the essence of the land-grant mission because this is where transformation happens. She discusses, with Todd Gleason, how the future of Extension in the state of Illinois can provide the basis through which the discovery process can continue to help change people’s lives.Read more from College of ACES Dean Kim Kidwell’s blog post here.

Grain Stocks Soybean Report should be Uneventful

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Grain Stocks Soybean Report should be Uneventful
Todd Hubbs, Agricultural Economist - University of Illinois
read full farmdocDaily articleUSDA, at the end of this month, will let us know how much of the nation’s soybean crop there is left in the bin. Todd Gleason reports it “should” be a fairly uneventful number.Generally, Todd Hubbs says it is pretty…
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2:08 Generally, Todd Hubbs says it is pretty easy to figure out how many soybeans have been consumed. There is a regular reporting system for how many bushels are exported and one for how many are crushed. That second report, the crush, calculates how many soybeans are crushed in the United States into its two components. These are soybean meal and soybean oil. Hubbs, an agricultural economist at the University of Illinois, says the reports make it easy enough to calculate disappearance, consumption, usage, whatever you want to call, and consequently come up with a number that approximates how many bushels are left to…

Anticipating the March 1 Soybean Stocks Estimate | an interview with Todd Hubbs

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Anticipating the March 1 Soybean Stocks Estimate | an interview with Todd Hubbs
Todd Hubbs, Agricultural Economist - University of Illinoisby Todd Hubbs
read full farmdocDaily articleOn March 31, the USDA will release the quarterly Grain Stocks report, with estimates of crop inventories as of March 1, and the annual Prospective Plantings report. For soybeans, the stocks estimate is typically overshadowed by the estimate of planting intentions. Usually, the quarterly stocks estimates for corn garners more interest because these reports reveal the pace of feed and residual use which is a large component of total corn consumption. The March 1 soybean stocks estimate this year may not provide much new information despite recent growth in marketing year ending stocks and concerns about the size of the South American crop… continue reading the full article by clicking here.

On the Value of Ethanol in the Gasoline Blend

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On the Value of Ethanol in the Gasoline Blend
Scott Irwin, Agricultural Economist - University of IllinoisRead farmdocDaily ArticleThere has been much debate and much written about the likely costs and benefits of including ethanol in the domestic gasoline supply. Costs and benefits fall into two major categories–environmental and economic (e.g., Stock, 2015). One economic consideration is the potential impact on domestic gasoline prices from augmenting the gasoline supply with biofuels. A second economic consideration, and one that has received the most attention, is the cost of ethanol relative to petroleum-based fuel. What has been missing from the analysis of the value of ethanol in the gasoline blend is an estimate of the net value of ethanol based on: i) an energy penalty relative to gasoline; and ii) an octane premium based on the lower price of ethanol relative to petroleum sources of octane. This farmdocDaily article provides an analysis of that net value since J…

Spring Lawn Care | How to Sow Grass Seed

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Spring Lawn Care | How to Sow Grass Seed
John Fulton, Extension County Director - University of IllinoisIf you live in central Illinois you have a choice to make today. You can either decide to control the crabgrass in your lawn, or you can try to fix the dead or thin areas. Todd Gleason has more on the how-to..Spring is about a month earlier than usual this year…
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2:18 radio self-containedSpring is about a month earlier than usual this year across a large part of the eastern United States. It definitely means now is the time to start doing some pre-season lawn care says University of Illinois Extension’s John Fulton. He’s in central Illinois where the time has come to control crabgrass or sow seed. He says you can’t do both, at least not in the same spot. Fulton :16 …kill your germinating grass seeds. Quote Summary - You want to either seed new grass or control crabgrass. You can’t do both in the same season. That’s number one because the same products that wil…

Spring Lawn Maintenance and Seeding

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Spring Lawn Maintenance and Seeding
John Fulton, Extension County Director - University of Illinoislink to blog articleby John Fulton, University of Illinois ExtensionHere we are in the first half of March, and the forsythia is in bloom. This marks the beginning of the crabgrass germination. It is an entire month early, when compared to average. Applications of crabgrass preventers are usually repeated in four to six weeks, but two repeated applications may be suggested this year due to the very early season.Use of a crabgrass preventer is very effective, and the most common way to attack the problem. There are a few products out there, and they are often combined with fertilizer. They all basically kill small seeds as they germinate. They will also do the same with grass seed you have sown, so the two operations do not work together. If you sow seed, you live with the crabgrass for the year. Timing is critical for crabgrass control, and we may have already missed the fir…

Even if Brazil has Big Corn Crop, US Still King

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Even if Brazil has Big Corn Crop, US Still King
Todd Hubbs, Agricultural Economist - University of Illinois This month USDA predicted Brazilian farmers would raise a record sized corn crop. Even if they do, as Todd Gleason reports because the United States is far and away the biggest player on the world stage, one agricultural economist sees demand holding the price of corn steady.Last fall U.S. farmers harvested a 15.1 billion…
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1:57 radio self-containedLast fall U.S. farmers harvested a 15.1 billion bushel corn crop. By comparison, Brazilian producers will take in 3.6 billion bushels this year. At least that’s what USDA is predicting at the moment. Much of that crop has just been planted and there is a great deal weather between now and harvest time, three months from now, says Todd Hubbs, University of Illinois Agricultural Economist.Hubbs :33 …lowered feed and residual use for old crop corn. Quote Summary - Just like with any weather-related crop, the possib…

Brazil to Raise 3.6 Billion Bushels of Corn

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Brazil to Raise 3.6 Billion Bushels of Corn
Todd Hubbs, Agricultural Economist - University of IllinoisThe United States Department of Agriculture has a put a pretty big number on the Brazilian corn crop. Todd Gleason reports it may be too big too soon.USDA, in it’s monthly supply and demand…
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2:03 radio self-contained USDA, in it’s monthly supply and demand report for March, made special note of the corn crop in Brazil. This is because the agency dramatically increased the amount of corn the South American nation is expected to raise this year. It says, quote, “Brazil corn production is raised on increases to both projected area and yield. Reported first crop yields have been record high, while the rapid planting progress of second crop corn in the Center-West boosts expected area and yield prospects, allowing for greater crop development prior to the normal end of the rainy season” end quote. University of Illinois Agricultural Economist Todd Hubbs thinks the …

Nutrition and Kidney Stones

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Nutrition and Kidney Stones
Lisa Peterson, Nutrition and Wellness Educator - University of Illinois Extension see blog postIt’s National Kidney month. Up next University of Illinois Extension’s Todd Gleason has some ways to avoid kidney stones. About a half a million Americans will go…
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3:04 radio self-containedAbout a half a million Americans will go to the emergency room this year doubled over in pain only to find out there’s not much to do except wait for the kidney stone to pass. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, kidney stones are hard, pebble-like, mineral deposits that form in one or both kidneys. Stones vary in size, shape, and composition. Some kidney stones are as small as a grain of sand, or as large as a pea. Kidney stones form when urine becomes highly concentrated allowing minerals to stick together forming the stones. Because of the variation in size and shape of stones, some kidney stones move throug…

2016 Corn and Soybean Yields in Perspective | an interview with Gary Schnitkey

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2016 Corn and Soybean Yields in Perspective | an interview with Gary Schnitkey

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The National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) recently released 2016 county yields for both corn and soybeans. In this article, maps are produced showing actual 2016 yields minus 2016 trend yields. Examination of these maps shows areas of above trend and below trend yields for 2016. Areas of above trend yields will have higher 2016 incomes relative to those areas with below trend yields.



Individual county trend yields are calculated using data from 1972 through 2016. A linear line is fit through these yields using ordinary least squares. The 2016 trend yields were based on these linearly fit relationships.

The following maps report actual minus trend yields. By calculating trend yields, the inherent productivity of the farmland is taken into consideration, and actual yields are stated relative to that productivity.






Schnitkey reports those areas with above trend yield…

Another Way to Evaluate $3.40 Corn

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Another Way to Evaluate $3.40 Corn
Gary Schnitkey, Agricultural Economist - University of IllinoisFarmers across the United States aren’t very happy with the price of corn in Chicago. However, as Todd Gleason reports, a University of Illinois study shows they might reconsider what that price really means given the very good yields most harvested last fall. Price times yield equals income…
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2:33 radio self-containedPrice times yield equals income. It’s a pretty simple calculation, but one that’s pretty easy to dismiss when the price is really low. Gary Schnitkey wondered a bit about that as it relates to the nation’s corn and soybean farmers. So, the University of Illinois agricultural economist took some time to figure out just how close to the countywide trend-line yield every corn and soybean growing county in the nation came last fall. Most, he says, especially for soybeans, were above trend.Schnitkey :55 …yields were in New York and Pennsylvania. Quote Summa…

Supply Side Pressures Old & New Soybeans

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Supply Side Pressures Old & New Soybeans
Todd Hubbs, Agricultural Economist - University of Illinois The price of soybeans has been under pressure and, as Todd Gleason reports, this makes perfect sense to an agricultural economist from the University of Illinois.When the United States Department of Agriculture…
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2:03 radio self-contained When the United States Department of Agriculture released this month’s accounting of world soybean stocks, it didn’t surprise University of Illinois Agricultural Economist Todd Hubbs. It showed exactly what he’s been thinking about the soybean market.Hubbs :37 …strong for soybean prices over the next few months.I’ve been saying this for a few months now. I think a lot of people have felt this and that the price (of soybeans) hasn’t been reflecting it. On the one hand it is great because we locked in a very nice (crop insurance) price in February, but on-the-other-hand these beans are coming. It is going to put a lot of downw…

Big South American Crops Pressure Price | an interview with Todd Hubbs

Big South American Crops Pressure Price | an interview with Todd Hubbs
Todd Hubbs, Agricultural Economist - University of Illinois by Todd Hubbs
read the full articleCorn and soybean harvest future prices moved sharply lower after the release of the USDA March World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report on March 9. December corn futures closed on March 10 at $3.87 per bushel, while November soybean futures moved down to close at $10.00 per bushel. Both prices closed at the lowest levels since late January. When combining the production forecasts for South America with projected changes in domestic use, the competition in export markets looks to be particularly tough for the next few months.

Illini Summer Academies Offer College Experience for High Schoolers

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Illini Summer Academies Offer College Experience for High Schoolers
Alvarez Dixon, Extension 4-H Youth Development - University of Illinois go.illinois.edu/illini4HYour high schooler can go to college this summer for a few days. Not only that, but they can go to the University of Illinois. Todd Gleason has more on the Illini Summer Academies.Illinois 4-H is proud to offer this hi-fidelity college exploratory experience on the University of Illinois campus. Participants attend academy sessions led by university professors and enjoy a variety of engaging activities that provide a taste of just how cool college life can be. Imagine getting to work alongside university professors while you’re still in HIGH SCHOOL! Imagine getting to hang out on a college campus. Imagine spending five days with kids your age from all across Illinois. That’s what happens at Illini Summer Academies, so stop imagining it and just do it! This program offers teens the opportunity to e…

Sign Up for 4-H Summer Camp is Open

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Sign Up for 4-H Summer Camp is Open
Curt Sinclair, Director 4-H Memorial Camp - Monticello, Illinois
twitter | https://twitter.com/commodityweek/status/837704329322725377Sign up is open to everyone for 4-H summer camp in Monticello. As you’ll hear it is a great place to send your kids aged 8–16.

Hog Prices Outperform Expectations

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Hog Prices Outperform Expectations
Chris Hurt, Agricultural Economist - Purdue University ExtensionThere’s some good news for a change in the pork industry. Todd Gleason has more on the better prices with Purdue Extension Economist Chris Hurt.Hey, some good news for a change… 2:03 radio
2:14 radio self-contained Chris Hurt :09 …prices higher than earlier expectations.Quote Summary - Hey some good news for a change. Pork producers are pleased to see prices higher than earlier expectations.This comes after a really tough year, says Purdue’s Chris Hurt, that bottomed out in November with prices dropping to about $32 for a hundredweight. That’s like paying 32 cents a pound for your pork chop and your bacon - at least at the wholesale price. Now things are way better says the ag economist.Hurt :08 …deep losses into profitability.Quote Summary - Recently live prices have reached the mid-$50 and have pulled the industry out of deep losses into profitability.The leading reason fo…