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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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