Editor’s note: The following was written by Scott Irwin, University of Illinois ag economist, for the university’s Farmdoc Daily website.
Every year I attend at least part of the annual conference of Practical Farmers of Iowa. It’s an engaging and innovative group, and I’m always curious to learn about what they’re doing.
ALTOONA, Iowa — While much of the attention in the ethanol world has been on the levels required by the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), one insider topic of discussion recently has been about …
ALTOONA, Iowa — The renewable fuels industry is feeling optimistic but also a bit apprehensive about its future under the presidential administration of Donald Trump.
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — While Midwestern farmers can’t help but be impressed that Georgia farmer Randy Dowdy produces record-breaking yields, the first question they ask when they meet him is stil…
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — If the man who bought an 80-acre farm in Macon County in 2010 knew what the future held, he may have reconsidered that decision.
The farm bill is up for renewal in October 2018, and with new leaders in roles that influence agriculture, experts are beginning to home in on the biggest issues that will be up for debate in …
The current pace of corn consumption indicates corn prices may stay in the same price range for several weeks, according to Todd Hubbs, University of Illinois ag economist.
When it comes to grain marketing, standing pat isn’t necessarily a good option.
GUTTENBERG, Iowa — Doug Reimer believes a team approach is best when it comes to marketing hogs.
Agronomists and soil scientists agree — when collecting soil samples to gauge lime or nutrient needs in your fields, it’s worth spending time and money to ensure your samples are accurate to m…
IOLA, Ill. — A few years ago, Darren Bailey didn’t expect he would be expanding his operation. But things change.
Operators considering farm expansion right now are walking a tightrope.
SALEM, Mo. — On a cold early February day in Dent County, cattle producer Lance Hasten was thinking about his cattle feeding situation. The year before had been great for growing grass and sto…
A recent rebound in feeder cattle prices should boost the spirits of cow/calf producers dealing with a sluggish start to 2017, but that optimism could be short-lived.
A focus on South American crop conditions continues, but many forces at play make for “a complicated market,” according to Matt Bennett of Windsor, Ill., based Bennett Consulting.
Iowa State University’s 13 Research and Demonstration Farms around the state have served for decades as models of agricultural and scientific progress for Iowa’s farmers and landowners.
Atrazine, an effective and widely used broadleaf herbicide, will be due for registration review by the EPA in 2018, per federal pesticide law.
Knowing what’s safe and what’s not when it comes to herbicides and other chemicals is where the private pesticide certification program comes in.
GREENVILLE, Iowa — The combination of ice and mud is not unusual when it comes to feeding cows in January.