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ILLINOIS Ag Economists’ Crop Insurance Guidance

  • March 1, 2024

Crop insurance and farm safety net program decisions must be made by March 15. The farmdoc Team has guidance related to both programs. University of Illinois Agricultural Economist Nick Paulson spoke with ILLINOIS Extension Farm Broadcaster Todd Gleason during the Friday Closing Market Report on WILL AM580. You may listen to the program online at WILLAg.org or listen directly via the podcast link.
Monday, Paulson and his colleague Bruce Sherrick will host a webinar on crop insurance and ARC/PLC decisions at 11 a.m.…

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University of Illinois Extension Strategic Planning Survey

  • July 28, 2023

We invite you to engage in our University of Illinois Extension strategic planning process that will continue into the 2024 calendar year. 
As part of our efforts, we have created a survey that focuses on supporting Phases 1 and 2 of the planning process: 1) Assessing Our Current State and Engaging Stakeholders, and 2) Developing Our Vision and Strategic Priorities. We welcome and greatly appreciate your participation in completing the survey.  
All submissions should be submitted via the online survey,…

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An Analysis of the Proposed 4% Farmer-Premium Payment Cap

  • July 7, 2023


Welcome to 5-Minute Farmdoc, your go-to channel for insightful discussions on various topics related to agriculture. In today’s episode, we delve into the world of crop insurance and explore a recent proposal discussed by our colleagues from North Dakota. They suggest a change to the subsidy mechanism that assists farmers in covering the costs of crop insurance policies. This proposal aims to cap the farmer’s premium costs at 4% of the policy’s liability,…

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post on fungicides for hail damaged crops

  • July 12, 2020

That was one heck of a storm yesterday.  Many fields throughout East central Illinois were severely affected by nickel sized hail.  Although my three year old stated that we should, “use some tape” to fix the damaged tissues, some will consider fungicide applications.  A new post on the subject can be found here. …

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Hoping for rain: crops at mid-season 2020

  • July 9, 2020

While the record will show that planting progress for both corn and soybean crops in Illinois was close to normal in 2020, heavy rainfall in May and again in early June in some places this year led to some replanting, and some ponded areas don’t have a stand. Stands are mostly good otherwise, but crop condition ratings in Illinois have been mediocre so far, with percent good + excellent percentage in the low 60s for both crops in early July.…

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New Corn Disease Articles Available

  • July 6, 2020

We have several articles on the Illinois Field Crop Disease Hub that have some timely information for you.  First, a discussion on bacterial leaf streak of corn, which was detected last week in Illinois.  Next, part one of our series on corn nematodes.  Finally an update on corn tar spot and what to keep in mind with that disease this season.
the articles can be found by clicking this link If interested,…

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IDOA Statement on USEPA Cancellation Order-Use of Existing Stock

  • June 10, 2020

On June 3, 2020, in National Family Farm Coalition vs. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Case No. 19-70115, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling immediately vacating the registrations of Xtendimax, FeXapan and Engenia, all of which contain the herbicide dicamba. On June 8, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final cancellation order for these three dicamba products. The final cancellation order can be found here: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-06/documents/final_cancellation_order_for_three_dicamba_products.pdf.
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Frost/freeze damage report: will plants recover?

  • May 14, 2020

Temperatures over most of Illinois dropped to the upper 20s or low 30s on Saturday morning, May 9. This resulted in damage or even death to emerged and emerging corn and soybeans. The extent of damage was closely tied to when fields were planted.
Corn planted during the warm part of April—the first week—was up and growing (slowly) by May 1, with limited leaf area. In some fields, emerged stands were already subpar, especially in the wettest parts of the state,…

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Replanting corn and soybeans

  • May 6, 2020

Both corn and soybean planting progressed at about normal speed into May, with 56 percent of the Illinois corn crop and 31 percent of the Illinois soybean crop planted by May 3. Unfortunately, the period of warmer, drier weather we have been hoping for has not yet materialized.
Over the ten days through May 5, about two-thirds of Illinois has gotten from 3 to more than 6 inches of rainfall. Temperatures have not cooperated very well,…

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