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FARM AND FOOD FILE

September 23, 2016 September arrived on a bright, beautiful sunbeam after one of the soggiest Augusts central Illinois ever muddled through. The wet month was a quiet month, though. more »»

DAVID KRUSE

September 23, 2016 Total U.S. farm debt divided by U.S. net farm income has reached a ratio of 5 to 1. more »»

BRIAN HOOPS

September 23, 2016 No La Nina? The Climate Prediction Center, which is part of the National Weather Service, now says La Nina conditions are not expected to develop in the Northern Hemisphere this fall and winte. more »»

CLAYTON RYE

September 23, 2016 Most every election year seems to have its share of the throwing of elbows as candidates attempt to convince voters they are by far more qualified than their measly opponent. more »»

CROP WATCH

September 23, 2016 As we enter the last half of September in our march to the start of harvest, we seem to have two widely differing camps. more »»

KARL SETZER

September 23, 2016 Minimal changes took place to the corn numbers in the September supply and demand report. The USDA did reduce corn yield to 174.4 bushels per acre and crop size to 15.09 billion bushels. more »»

DAVID KRUSE

September 16, 2016 As farmers, feeding the world is one of the noblest causes a person can do, so for our customer appreciation event, Commstock Investments has called upon someone that we can all look up to with the... more »»

BRIAN HOOPS

September 16, 2016 Informa: U.S. corn yield 174.8 bpa Informa Economics has raised its estimates of corn and soybean yields from last month. Informa raised its corn yield estimate 5 bushels per acre, to 174. more »»

CROP WATCH

September 16, 2016 During the last two or three weeks the first signs and feel of fall have begun to invade. Nightfall comes earlier, the nights have cooled off and the crabgrass is in all its glory. more »»

CLAYTON RYE

September 16, 2016 For me, last week started badly and then got worse until Wednesday afternoon when, in a matter of minutes, I learned I was scheduled for gall bladder surgery in 20 minutes. more »»

FARM AND FOOD FILE

September 16, 2016 If the prospect of either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton as president scares you, put down the television remote and pick up, “Global Material Flows and Resource Productivity,” a new report from th... more »»

KARL SETZER

September 16, 2016 According to some models, U.S. corn futures are currently overvalued. This premium in corn values is coming from thoughts that weather in July did more damage to crops than what is being seen. more »»

COUNTY AGENT GUY

September 14, 2016 A new school year has begun, which means that youngsters all across this great land of ours are grappling with one of the toughest questions that they, as scholars, will ever face. more »»

DAVID KRUSE

September 9, 2016 First I have to start out by correcting a mistake that I made in the last column when I said that LDPs were a thing of the past, no longer included in the current farm bill. more »»

BRIAN HOOPS

September 9, 2016 Two of the world’s biggest agricultural trading houses bungled crop sales they made on behalf of U.S. more »»

CLAYTON RYE

September 9, 2016 Last spring I was interviewed by an area museum wanting to talk to farmers whose experiences (and memories) go back many years for a project to record agriculture’s past and attempt to look into the... more »»

COUNTY AGENT GUY

September 9, 2016 Somewhere in the dusty archives of family photos there’s a black-and-white picture of me (the entire world was monochrome back then) watching a young man rake silage out of a wooden forage wago. more »»

FARM AND FOOD FILE

September 9, 2016 As the food industry continues to consolidate into fewer, bigger players, the price risk it once hedged in Chicago and New York futures markets is being pushed back onto the very farmers and rancher... more »»

KARL SETZER

September 9, 2016 A report from the USDA shows net U.S. farm incomes will decline substantially this year — $71.5 billion for 2016, an 11.5 percent decrease from 2015. more »»

KAREN SCHWALLER

September 7, 2016 A wise old man once told me, “I’m not sure if farmers farm because they’re stubborn, or if they’re stubborn because they far. more »»

 
 

 

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