2019 will go down as one of the most challenging crop-growing journeys in history; much of that stemming from unforgiving weather. "We've had a challenging growing season," said Brent Lowry, a farmer in Searsboro, Iowa. It all started with what some...
The Farmland Checkup lays the foundation for what we do at Tillable. It’s free, it’s easy to request, and the information you’ll get is valuable this season and into the future. But what exactly does a Farmland Checkup entail? The...
The U.S. Department of Agriculture released 2021 state-level cash rents. The average cash rent in Illinois was $227 per acre, a $5 increase over 2020 levels. Over time, cash rents typically follow agricultural returns in a lagged manner. Higher...
By Paul Driessen Biden EPA policies will raise prices and harm crops and environment, in name of saving species In just seven decades, America’s conventional (non-organic) farmers increased per-acre corn yields by an incredible 500% – while using steadily less water, fuel,...
Decision deadlines are approaching under the 2018 Farm Bill. This article covers deadlines and lists considerations when choosing between the commodity title alternatives of Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) is an...
Source: byJennifer Ifft, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management Cornell University as report appeared on U of Illinois' FarmDoc.com Introduction To manage input costs, many producers take advantage of early pay and other discounts offered by input suppliers. Seed...
This article analyzes if the history of 2014 farm bill payments can inform 2018 farm bill decisions between ARC-CO (Agriculture Risk Coverage – county) and PLC (Price Loss Coverage).  The analysis finds that the ratio of prior market year...
The images are indelible, captured in novels, history books, songs and old black-and-white photographs.  During the mid-1930s, as Americans were trying to claw their way out of the depths of the Great Depression a severe drought triggered massive dust...
Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics University of Illinois September 27, 2019 farmdoc daily (9):181 Recommended citation format: Schnitkey, G. "2019 Illinois County and State Cash Rents." farmdoc daily (9):181, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at...
A quick Google search on the word efficient returns the following definition - achieving maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense. I like to think of efficiency as a ratio, or fraction. Most often the input value of...
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