Edd's Supplies News

Cost to Produce Corn and Soybeans in Illinois—2019

In 2019, the total of all economic costs per acre for growing corn in Illinois averaged $878 in the northern section, $912 in the central section for farmland with “high” soil ratings, $887 in the central section for farmland with “low” soil ratings, and $851 in the southern section.  Soybean costs per acre were $630, […]

U.S. Barley Can Now Be Exported to China

U.S. barley can now be exported to China following the approval of a phytosanitary protocol by both countries, a market development achievement years in the making finally accomplished with the boost of the U.S.-China Phase 1 deal signed in January. The notice on China’s customs website was posted on Thursday and confirmed to be approved […]

The Impact of Late Planting on U.S. Average Corn Yield

A perennial question in the corn market is how much does late planting hurt yield. This is just the flip-side of the question of how much does early planting help yield. Based on recent weekly Crop Progress reports from the USDA, the 2020 U.S. corn crop is on track to be planted at an average pace.  Figure […]

Burndown and Residual Herbicide Issues

Depending upon where you are in the state, it’s possible right now to be experiencing delays in getting anything done, progress in planting but delays in herbicide application, weather too dry to activate residual herbicides, and/or reduced burndown herbicide effectiveness on big weeds due to cold weather.  What’s become a typical Ohio spring.  Some information […]

Scouting Advised for Alfalfa Weevil

Alfalfa weevils have been reported damaging alfalfa in north central Kansas. As temperatures warm up, expect to see alfalfa weevil larvae in southern Nebraska and slightly later, in northern Nebraska. The larvae of Alfalfa weevils feed on first cutting alfalfa as larvae, and adults (and sometimes larvae) feed on the regrowth after the first cutting. […]

Recent News

True Armyworm Infestations

We received many reports of true armyworm infestations in wheat, barley, and corn. These are black or green caterpillars with stripes along the side and orange heads.  In the spring, true armyworm moths migrate from the south and lay eggs in grasses such as forage and weed grasses, winter wheat and barley, and rye cover […]

Expected Harvest Prices for Corn in 2020

We developed a statistical model that projects the 2020 harvest price for corn, given a national corn yield and average of May futures prices. The harvest price is used in crop insurance.  The current U.S. yield estimate from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is 178.5 bushels per acre. Given this yield estimate and average […]

Trade Progress with China-Disappointing

In January, the U.S. and China ceremoniously signed the Phase 1 trade agreement. This was a positive development for U.S. agriculture, especially on the grains side. While there was ambiguity about the metrics and some doubt about China’s ability to meet those goals, the consensus was that China would be buying a lot of U.S. […]

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