As we enter the home stretch of 2018, the sentiment amongst producers has been very mixed. Corn has been producing promising yields, particularly on the Illinois side of the river, but we are also experiencing a time where forage supplies are lean compared to years past (many producers to which I have spoken are sitting… Continue reading Fetal Programming and Accuration with Intake Modifying Technology
Harvest 2018 has commenced! There have been multiple reports of yields being higher than anticipated in the Western Illinois area. On one account, a producer stated that a field averaged over 200 when he was expecting to harvest 140 bushels per acre. Is this similar to your situation? You are most likely undersold, like many others, and the… Continue reading What Are My Harvest Options?
The below comments are from the JSA group: To all, This week marks the end of the fall corn and soybean pricing period for 2018 JSA Select. As harvest quickly approaches, we feel it is important to not only look back over the market this summer, but to also give our views on how we… Continue reading JSA Select Pricing Update
We all know that we should wear proper eye protection at work, but what about at home? Tasks such as weed eating the grass, running a chainsaw, or even using power tools can have dangerous consequences. Anytime there is potential for something to break, fly apart, or spray, we need to have a good pair… Continue reading Eye Protection
Patronage has been declared this year. We will be paying a patronage to our customers on the bushels of corn and soybeans that were sold during our fiscal year, which runs from June 1, 2017 - May 31, 2018. Total patronage is $1,000,000 for this year. This amounts to $.01615/bushel sold. Of the $1,000,000, $400,000… Continue reading Patronage
Important Reminders If you will have 2017 grain on the farm this fall, you must contact your crop insurance agent to have the bin measured. Otherwise, those bushels will be used to figure revenue losses in 2018. If you are not going to harvest a crop with combine (chop silage, disk under a crop), you must get an… Continue reading Crop Insurance Updates
2018 has brought many challenges to the agriculture industry. Some would argue that there is opportunity on the horizon, while others believe we are trending in a downward spiral. If you're an optimist, you can foresee that this year directly correlates with years past, and we will pull through as an industry. With a positive mindset, looking at the… Continue reading Profitability: Cattle Market