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Power Costs Increased on Grain Farms

Power costs on Illinois grain farms have increased over the last five years. In 2005, power costs averaged $68 per acre for grain farms located in northern and central Illinois who were enrolled in Illinois Farm Business Farm Management (FBFM).
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Working Field Days in Illinois

Evaluation of working day data from 1980 through 2009 indicates that there is about a 50% chance that any day in April or May will be suitable for field work. Significantly fewer days were available during 2009 than indicated by these preceding probabilities.
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Estimated 2009 and 2010 ACRE Payments

For 2009, state ACRE payments in Illinois are estimated at $27 per acre for corn, $0 for soybeans, and $90 for wheat. For 2010, state ACRE payments are estimated at $41 per acre for corn, $14 for soybeans, and $33 for wheat.
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Lower Crop Returns and Higher Costs Lead to Lower Farm Earnings in 2009

Based on Illinois Farm Business Farm Management Association (FBFM) records that have been recently summarized, average farm operator returns for labor and management on 2,624 Illinois farms was lower for all geographic areas in the state in 2009 compared to 2008 and below the average for the last five years.
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County Cash Rents in 2009

The National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) recently released their estimates of average cash rents per county for 2009. Forty-one percent of the counties had cash rent increases while 37% had decreases.
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Changes in Crop Acres Since Freedom to Farm

From 1990-1994 to 2005-2009, soybeans and corn grew in acres. Crops losing acres were wheat, barley, grain sorghum, corn silage, cotton, peanuts, dry edible beans, and potatoes. Corn and soybean acre increases were predominately located in the great plains and greater Corn Belt.
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GRIP Premiums in 2010

Group Risk Income Plan (GRIP) is a county revenue product that bases guarantees and payments on county yields rather than on farm yields. Premiums on GRIP products have changed between 2009 and 2010, with most counties experiencing premium declines. Premiums on GRIP with the harvest revenue option (GRIP-HR) for corn at the 90% coverage level and 100% protection level have an average premium reduction of $15 per acre across all Illinois Counties.
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2010 Crop Insurance Update: Model Programs and Common Questions

Most Illinois and Midwest farmers will find crop insurance choice coming down to one of the following two programs: Crop Revenue Coverage (CRC) or Revenue Assurance with the harvest price option (RA-HP); Group Risk Income Plan with the harvest revenue option (GRIP-HR). These programs are specified given that the farm faces risk that cannot be self insured. Reasons why these two programs are the most advantageous are covered by answering the following commonly asked questions.
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Fertilizer Prices in 2008, 2009, and 2010

Fertilizer costs for corn in 2010 likely will average $100 per acre for corn on high-productivity farmland in Illinois. These costs will be below 2009 costs. These fertilizer costs are based on fertilizer prices reported in a new report listing average fertilizer prices in Illinois.
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