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Title: Join the Fight Against Herbicide-Resistant Waterhemp: Participate in Our Statewide Survey

Dates: September 12th, 2023

Please join Dr. Aaron Hager and Travis Wilke of the University of Illinois for a webinar discussing their upcoming statewide survey of waterhemp resistance to Group 15 herbicides. Waterhemp is a troublesome weed that has developed resistance to herbicides from multiple site-of-action groups across Illinois and other states. This survey aims to gather waterhemp seed samples from fields throughout Illinois to test sensitivity to Group 15 herbicides like S-metolachlor (Dual II Magnum and others) and acetochlor (Warrant and others). In…

Title: Profitability and Conservation Practices: Results from Precision Conservation Management

Dates: September 7th, 2023

Precision Conservation Management (PCM) has collected and analyzed production data on Illinois farms since 2015, with additional data from farms in Kentucky and Nebraska. In this webinar, Megan Miller (IL Soybean Association), Laura Gentry and, Greg Goodwin (IL Corn Growers Association), and Gary Schnitkey (University of Illinois) will share results from PCM's extensive dataset, providing valuable insights for farmers interested in implementing conservation practices.

Title: Corn Field Search and Rescue Tips and Techniques

Dates: July 27th, 2023

Join us for this informative webinar where Ralph Kuchenbrod will provide essential tips and techniques for effectively and safely conducting searches in corn fields. Searches in agricultural settings like corn fields present unique challenges and risks that searchers must be prepared for.

Title: A farmdoc Journey in Brazil: AgTech and Innovative Farm Practices

Dates: May 18th, 2023

Joana Colussi, Gary Schnitkey, Nick Paulson, and Eric Morgan recently traveled to Brazil as part of a research project on technology adoption among farmers, sponsored by the Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies. The team will share their observations and experiences from visiting the Agrishow, ag technology firms, University research groups, and farms in the Center-West.

Title: Corn Rootworm: Bt Resistance and Management Recommendations for Illinois

Dates: March 30th, 2023

Corn rootworm remains the most economically damaging insect pest of corn in Illinois, though its impact in recent years has primarily been felt in the northern third of the state. The ongoing development of resistance to Bt traits has complicated management decisions for Illinois farmers. Join University of Illinois scientists to discuss the status of rootworm populations and Bt resistance throughout Illinois, as well as management recommendations for dealing with this troublesome pest.

Title: All Day Ag Outlook

Dates: March 7th, 2023

The farmdoc Team,, and University of Illinois Extension are proud to present the All Day Ag Outlook. This meeting has been an annual tradition in the month of March at the Beef House in Covington, Indiana since 1991.

This year's event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 7, 2023. The doors open at 7:30 a.m. central / 8:30 a.m. eastern and the $30 fee includes both coffee and rolls in the morning and a Beef House lunch.

Title: Crop Risk Management for 2023, Part Two

Dates: March 2nd, 2023

Many of the risk management decisions impacting 2023 crop production will be made soon.  At the end of February, projected prices for crop insurance will be known.

We will cover decision related choices related to corn or soybeans, marketing, leasing, commodity title alternatives, & crop insurance alternatives

Title: IFES Online: Presenter Round Table Wrap Up

Dates: February 23rd, 2023

Wrap up the IFES season with the farmdoc team.  Hosted by Todd Gleason.  Featuring Joe Janzen, Joana Colussi, Bruce Sherrick, Jonathan Coppess, Nick Paulson & Scott Irwin.

Title: Top Ten Business Strategies 2023

Dates: February 21st, 2023

As 2023 gets underway, several items deserve increased attention for farm businesses. FBFM presents a Top 10 list of forward looking strategies to consider for a successful year. Changes in cost, income, inflation, tax laws, and estate planning are some key topics discussed. Webinar will be presented by Bob Rhea and Brad Zwilling of Illinois FBFM.

Title: Crop Risk Management for 2023, Part One

Dates: February 16th, 2023

Many of the risk management decisions impacting 2023 crop production will be made soon.  At the end of February, projected prices for crop insurance will be known.

We will cover decision related choices related to corn or soybeans, marketing, leasing, commodity title alternatives, & crop insurance alternatives

Title: IFES Online: Farm Bill Update

Dates: February 9th, 2023

Presented by Jonathan Coppess

Title: IFES Online: Enterprise Budgets and Farm Income Outlook for 2023

Dates: January 26th, 2023

Presented by Gary Schnitkey and Nick Paulson

Title: IFES Online: Grain Market Outlook for 2023

Dates: January 19th, 2023

Presented by Joe Janzen and Scott Irwin

Title: 2022 Farm Assets Conference

Dates: November 21st, 2022

The 2022 Farm Assets Conference is past.  However, you can view the pdf slides here. Topics included:

Updating the Carbon Market Landscape | Crop Prospects in Argentina & Brazil | The 2023 Farm Bill
Ukraine, Russia, Spring Fertilizer Prices & Crop Budgets | farmdoc S&D Tables & Price Prospects
ACE Commodity Markets Discussion | Field Crops Production Issues | The Value of Farmland

Title: Farm Tax Planning Strategies 2022

Dates: November 10th, 2022

FBFM staff offer insight for key tax topics to produce meaningful year end planning results. Strategies to manage tax liability using depreciation, prepaying expenses, retirement plans, installment contracts, and tax brackets will be discussed. Income tax liabilities are often a significant reduction to net worth; planning before year end helps guide to better results. Looking ahead to 2023 and beyond will also be important. We’ll also describe a few items that can be done after year end in case surprises…

Title: Nitrogen fertilizer decisions for 2023

Dates: November 3rd, 2022

Farmers are being strongly encouraged to shift fertilizer applications away from the fall to the spring as it can lead to improved water quality impacts. However, high fertilizer prices and heightened uncertainty surrounding supply chains create incentives to move forward with at least some level of fall application as a risk management strategy. This webinar will discuss these issues and other factors facing Midwest farmers as they make their fertilizer decisions for the 2023 crop.

Title: Lease Arrangements and Ownership from a Landowner Perspective

Dates: October 27th, 2022

Farmland owners often have questions about leasing arrangements and other basics about owning land. Herein, we will provide the basics of the four different leasing arrangements: share rent, cash rent, variable cash rent, and custom farming. We will also cover questions of first-time landowner

Title: Young Farmer Programs

Dates: October 20th, 2022

Access to financial capital is one of the many challenges that young and beginning farmers face. Learn more about these challenges and programs offered by agriculture lenders and the USDA that can provide expanded access to capital for operating costs and land purchase.


Compeer Groundbreakers
Farm Credit Illinois - FreshRoots
USDA FSA - Your Guide to Farm Loans

Title: Machinery Investments and Farm Financial Trends

Dates: October 13th, 2022

Machinery investments on farms have been increasing due to various factors.  Brad Zwilling with Illinois Farm Business Farm Management (FBFM) will use FBFM data to look at the farm machinery investment over time as well as some other farm financial trends affecting farms.

Title: Brazilian Agriculture in 2022-23. What to Expect for Acreage?

Dates: October 6th, 2022

Historic growth in Brazilian agriculture will be documented, and projections will be made for the 2022-23 production year. Joana Colussi will bring perspectives on the potential of Brazilian agriculture in the future, especially regarding soybean and corn acreage and production.

Title: Update on Farm Policy After the Inflation Reduction Act

Dates: September 29th, 2022

The recent Inflation Reduction Act includes several agricultural provisions including conservation, energy programs, and farm debt relief. Learn more about the impact on agriculture included in this legislation and explanation of what this means as the expiration of the current farm bill approaches.

Title: Farmland Prices in a Most Interesting Time

Dates: September 22nd, 2022

Farmland prices have increased at a phenomenal rate in the past year.  Returns to farmland remain high, but interest rates could increase.  Luke Worrell will present results of the mid-year survey of the Illinois Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.  Bruce Sherrick will provide perspectives on farmland prices.

Title: Planning on Corn Belt Farms for 2023 Production

Dates: September 15th, 2022

Profits are projected for Corn Belt farms in 2023, but likely lower returns than 2021 and 2022.  As the planning season for the upcoming crop year goes into full force, this outlook for 2023 farm returns will be useful in making rental, acreage, and input decisions, including focus on nitrogen decisions and the availability of PACE endorsement for post plant nitrogen applications.

Title: Updated Supply and Demand for Corn and Soybeans

Dates: June 30th, 2022

The webinar will review USDA’s June 30 Grain Stocks and Acreage reports and considers balance sheet and price implications for both old and new crop corn and soybeans. The USDA’s estimate of June 1 stocks of corn and soybeans will provide a clearer picture of total 2021-22 marketing year consumption, ending stocks, and price prospects. The magnitude of planting acreage will clarify prospects for the size of the 2022 corn and soybean crops with implications for the 2022-23 balance sheets and price prospects.

Title: Financial and Environmental Impact of Conservation Practices

Dates: June 23rd, 2022

Do you want to learn more about how conservation practices like reduced- and no-till, cover crops, and nitrogen management impact corn and soybean production, profitability, and environmental impact? In this 1-hour webinar, the PCM and University of IL Agricultural Economics Team will summarize 7-years of data from the Precision Conservation Management program (PCM). PCM is a farmer service program led by IL Corn Growers Association and IL Soybean Association. PCM’s objective is to work 1-on-1 with farmers across Illinois as they make financially based conservation decisions on their farms.

Title: Implications of USDA Grain Stocks and Prospective Plantings Reports for Corn and Soybean Prices

Dates: March 31st, 2022

The March Grain Stocks and Prospective Plantings reports usually result in one of the most volatile days of the year in the grain markets.  This year the reports have even more importance due to spiking prices as a consequence of the Ukraine-Russia crisis.  We will discuss the important USDA estimates released in the USDA reports and consider implications for corn and soybean prices.

Title: Final Look at Crop Insurance and Commodity Title Choices Given Conflict

Dates: March 7th, 2022

Should the Russian-Ukraine conflict impact crop insurance and commodity title decisions. An update on the conflict will provide additional context for crop insurance and commodity title decisions. The deadline for those decisions is March 15. Presenters are Nick Paulson, Bruce Sherrick, and Gary Schnitkey

Title: ARC/PLC and Final Risk Management Thoughts

Dates: February 24th, 2022

By March 15, farmers have the opportunity to change their commodity title choices around Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). Final thoughts on risk management for the 2022 season will be given.

Title: Income, Taxes, and Management

Dates: February 22nd, 2022

With spring planting just around the corner, FBFM field staff will provide an income and tax update. A new educational program called AMP will be discussed that is being sponsored by Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Farm Business Farm Management, and farmdoc.

Title: PACE: Post Application Coverage Endorsement

Dates: February 17th, 2022

The Post Application Coverage Endorsement (PACE) provides financial protection when farmers can not apply nitrogen post-planting. This is the first year for the pilot PACE is available in northern and central Illinois.

Title: Crop Insurance and Risk Management in 2022

Dates: February 15th, 2022

Reasons for optimism about farm incomes exist for 2022. However, risks remain. This webinar will discuss crop insurance, rental arrangements, and marketing for the 2022.

Title: Policy Update for 2022

Dates: December 10th, 2021

While no major changes have been made to crop insurance or commodity programs for 2022, major legislation has been moving through Congress this fall that will have impacts on agriculture.  The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes funding for a range of investments that will impact agriculture and rural communities.  The Build Back Better framework’s focus on climate change includes support for clean energy, conservation, and climate smart agriculture.  This policy update will focus discussion on the current state of…

Title: Farmland Values and Rental Rates for 2022

Dates: December 6th, 2021

Farmland market prices have risen dramatically over the past 12-18 months, and cash rents for 2022 experienced upward pressure as well.  Factors affecting farmland markets and rental rates will be discussed including prospects for future income, impacts of continuing low interest rates, monetary policy changes, inflation updates, and export driven demand.  Expanding investor interest in the asset class, new technologies for managing farmland investments, and historically low capital costs have all supported farmland valuations as well, but uncertainty around each…

Title: Supply Bottlenecks and Management Decisions

Dates: December 3rd, 2021

Covid control measures have led to supply chain issues that appear to be worsening for the 2022 production year. General price inflation also is occurring. As a result, all input costs will be considerably higher in 2022 as compared to 2021. We will discuss recent increases in costs and assess their impacts on the upcoming production year. Much of the focus will be on fertilizer decisions.

Title: Farm Income Outlook for 2022

Dates: December 1st, 2021

The economic situation on Illinois grain farms has brightened with higher grain prices, resulting in relatively high incomes for 2021. Prices in 2022 could continue to be above the long-run average, but costs will increase substantially. If prices remain above average, incomes in 2022 likely will be near average. However, the higher 2022 costs require much higher corn and soybean prices to reach break-even.

Title: Grain Market Outlook for 2022

Dates: November 29th, 2021

Corn and soybean prices currently sit at historically high levels.  A crucial question for 2022 is how long should we expect the good times to last?  In this webinar, we discuss the 2022 supply and demand outlook for corn and soybeans.  Two key factors are highlighted: trade with China and acreage supply response.

Title: Machinery Costs and Management

Dates: November 4th, 2021

The 2021 version of machinery cost estimates for field operations, harvesting operations, and tractors are available on farmdoc. We will discuss the uses of these estimates and the methods used to arrive at these costs. Machinery management revolves around properly sizing machinery and optimizing use.

Title: Factors affecting Farmland Markets

Dates: October 28th, 2021

Farmland prices have risen rapidly in recent months both due to in part to rising income prospects and continuing low interest rates. Uncertainty about monetary policy and inflation, strength of the dollar, and export driven demand highlight the typical explanations, but expanding investor interest in the asset class, new technologies for managing farmland investments, and historically low capital costs have all supported farmland valuations as well. Regional differences in farmland performance and key factors influencing farmland values in the future…

Title: Bringing Clarity to Tax Changes in Agriculture

Dates: October 21st, 2021

This webinar will provide information about changes to federal and state depreciation provisions, how farm families can benefit from a variety of tax credits, and the latest developments for estate tax planning.

Title: Grain Returns for 2021 and 2022

Dates: October 14th, 2021

Production cost are rising at substantial rates. Here we will summarize grain farm financial statements for farms enrolled in Illinois Farm Business Farm Management, and present projections for the future.

Title: Is the MRTN Nitrogen Rate for Corn High Enough?

Dates: October 7th, 2021

The Maximum Return to Nitrogen (MRTN) is a recommended N rate based on recent N response trials, and is often lower than rates based on expected yields. We’ll discuss how much risk this brings, and will introduce a way for producers to check MRTN performance in the field.

Title: Managing Weeds in Variable Weather: Insights From Data Mining

Dates: September 30th, 2021

Global climate change is creating challenges for agriculture today and will continue in the future. During the past 50 years in the US Cornbelt, average air temperatures have risen and rainfall has become more variable, including an increase in the total number of extreme rainfall events. These trends are expected to continue. Weather and weeds are two stressors that can act simultaneously to affect crop performance, yet their comprehensive study in tandem is limited. The webinar will discuss the most important relationships among weed control and weather variability on corn yield loss due to weeds.

Title: Brazil and the United States

Dates: September 23rd, 2021

Brazil is the United States’ major competitor in agriculture, with Brazil now producing more soybeans than the U.S. Here we will discuss Brazil’s past development, and prospects for the future.

Title: 2021/22 Market Outlook for Corn and Soybeans

Dates: September 16th, 2021

After several years of trade difficult, grain markets have boomed. We will discuss the factors impacting grain markets and provide some projections for the future.

Title: Carbon Markets 101: What Questions Farmers Should Ask?

Dates: September 9th, 2021

With growing concerns about climate change, policy markers are looking for solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. One solution is a market for carbon credits. Here we will describe the latest on carbon markets, with an emphasis on definitions of carbon markets and an analysis of current carbon markets.

Title: Farmland and Price Outlook

Dates: September 2nd, 2021

Farmland market prices are rising and cash rents for 2022 are being set. Latest information on farmland price, including results from the annual survey of the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraises. Expectation for 2022 will be given.

Series Title: 2021 farmdoc Update

Dates: September 2nd - November 4th

New issues have emerged in Corn-belt agriculture with outlook and costs still being on the forefront. The following webinar series will aid in setting current thinking of the agricultural economy moving into 2022.

Title: The Business Case for Conservation: A Summary of Farm Financial and Environmental Data from Precision Conservation Management

Dates: June 23rd, 2021

In this 1-hour webinar, the PCM and University of IL Agricultural Economics Team will summarize 6-years of data from the Precision Conservation Management program (PCM). PCM is a farmer service program led by IL Corn Growers Association and IL Soybean Association...

Title: Demonstration and Discussion of the Cover Crop Simulation Tool

Dates: April 1st, 2021

A project team from ACES, NCSA and Purdue’s Agronomy Department have been developing a first-of-its-kind cover crop simulation and decision support tool for Illinois farmers with funding by the Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council.  The tool was released in October and recently updated with additional functionality.  On this webinar, the project team will discuss the project and tool, as well as provide a demonstration and explanation.

The Cover Crop Decision Support Tool may be found at

Title: FAST Tools and Financial Planning

Dates: March 11th, 2021

FAST is a set of Microsoft Excel spreadsheets that can be used to evaluate management decisions on farm. We will demonstrate use of the Farm Projections Tool.

Title: Final Look at Commodity Title and Crop Insurance Decisions

Dates: March 4th, 2021

All the information is needed to calculator crop insurance premiums. Deadlines for corp insurance and commodity title choices are nearing. This webinar will update any information that needs to be covered before decisions are final.

Title: Last Financial Issues Before Planting

Dates: February 25th, 2021

A recap of the financial position of Illinois farms will be provided. We will go over budgeting and pro forma cash flow planning for 2021.

Title: Acreage Decisions in 2021

Dates: February 18th, 2021

Corn and soybean decisions have changed greatly Since August. This webinar will discuss implications of those decisions for planting decisions in 2021.

Title: ECO and Crop Insurance

Dates: February 11th, 2021

Most farmers in the Midwest insure corn and soybeans with Revenue Protection (RP). This year, a new county-level product can be added on top of RP and other products called Enhanced Coverage Option (ECO). This webinar will discuss the crop insurance decisions, in general, and ECO in particular.

Title: Commodity Title Choices in 2021

Dates: February 4th, 2021

Farmers and land owners will again have the opportunity to change commodity title choices between Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage for the 2021 crop year. The deadline for the decision in March 15, 2021. This webinar will discuss these alternatives.

Title: Paycheck Protection Program and Employee Retention Credit Under December’s Consolidated Appropriations Act

Dates: January 27th, 2021

Legislation passed in December called the Consolidations Appropriations Act has implications for farms. We will cover the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), including implications for the initial draw, second draw, and recalculated draw. Issues associated with the Employee Retention Credit (ERC) also will be covered.

Title: Farmland Markets and Macro Markets

Dates: December 15th, 2020

Farmland is receiving significantly increased attention by owners and investors seeking to make sense out of the scrambled economic signals of the recent past.  Historically, the conventional narrative around farmland as a financial asset is that the returns are positively correlated with inflation, have low or negative correlation with equities, and have positive portfolio benefits in well-diversified holdings due to the relative lack of response to short-term broad market movements.  The Fed has signaled an intent to target higher inflation,…

Title: Straining the alphabet soup: Post-election farm policy outlook after three years of ad hoc farm payments

Dates: December 11th, 2020

We consider both the short- and medium-run outlook for US farm policy following the 2020 election. We provide an updated review of three years and four rounds of ad hoc farm payments, including an analysis of payment distribution and program design for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) and Coronavirus Food Assistance Programs (CFAP). We discuss what the perceived need for ad hoc assistance says about standing farm programs such as Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and…

Title: Farm Program and Crop Insurance Decisions for 2021

Dates: December 8th, 2020

The election and enrollment period for the ARC and PLC programs for the 2021 crop year is now open, and decisions must be made by March 15th.  A new crop insurance program, the Enhanced Coverage Option (ECO), will also be available for crops produced throughout the Midwest. ECO is a county-based program, similar to the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) that can be used to supplement underlying multi-peril coverage for eligible crops.  This session will address these decisions, and provide some…

Title: 2020 and 2021 Grain Farm Income Outlook with Risk and Rental Implications

Dates: December 4th, 2020

Grain farm incomes in 2020 were supported by above-trend yields, higher prices than expected, and several forms of Federal payments. These 2020 incomes serve as a backdrop for 2021 income projections. Sufficient 2021 incomes will be dependent on a combination of above-trend yields and continued Federal payments. Risk management will be critical, and several new tools are available this year. Levels of cash rental likely will depend on continued Federal payments.

Title: 2021 Market Outlook for Corn and Soybeans

Dates: December 1st, 2020

In a year stricken by the coronavirus pandemic and an extremely severe economic contraction, corn and soybean prices have risen to levels that seemed impossible just a couple of months ago.  A critical question for 2021 is the likelihood of sustaining corn prices near $4 and soybeans near $11.  In this webinar, we discuss the 2021 supply and demand outlook for corn and soybeans and the longer-term outlook for trade with China.

Title: Conservation, Incomes and Farmland Leasing

Dates: September 22nd, 2020

Leasing season is again upon us. This webinar will first provide an outlook for setting 2021 leases. Then, attention will turn to conservation and leasing. Many landowners and farmers want to engage in more conservation practices but are concerned about the impacts these conservation practices may have on relationships between landowners and farmers. We will cover issues related to owner-farmer relationships for conservation, nutrient management, and cover crops. Conservation addendums to farmland leases available on farmdoc will be shown.

Title: Outlook for Farmland Prices and Rents: Results of an Illinois Society Survey

Dates: September 4th, 2020

Outlook for farmland prices and rents will be presented from results of an annual mid-year survey conducted jointly by the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers and the University of Illinois. Topics include farm price outlook for the remainder of 2020, rental outlook for 2021, and outlook over the next five-years. Information will be useful as farmland markets enter the rent-setting season.

Title: Where are we at Financially on Illinois Farms

Dates: August 28th, 2020

Overall, the financial positions of Illinois farms are still strong, but erosion has occurred on many farms. Up to this point, most of that erosion has come in the form of reductions in working capital. Debt-to-asset positions have eroded only slightly. Non-declining asset values contribute to the relatively small declines in debt-to-asset positions. Some farms are more at risk, including those that have more cash rent farmland. Also, younger farmers tend to have worse situations than older operators.

Title: Outlook for Farmland Prices and Evaluation of Determinants of Farmland

Dates: August 25th, 2020

Farmland markets outlook will be given in both the short and long-run. The impacts of changes in farmland returns and interest rates will be evaluated. While returns to farmland have been stable, interest rates also have been low, leading to relatively high capitalized values.

Title: Budgeting and Farm Income for 2020 and 2021

Dates: August 21st, 2020

We will provide returns projections for corn, soybeans, and wheat production in 2021. Farm income for Illinois grain farms will be projected for both 2020 and 2021. Possible farm incomes will be presented that include payments from the farm safety net.

Title: What’s the Future? Attempting an Outlook of the Policy Landscape

Dates: August 18th, 2020

As summer approaches its end, the coronavirus pandemic has gotten worse, the economic outlook has dimmed and Congress is attempting to negotiate a potential next round of relief for the coronavirus pandemic while the 2020 election draws nearer.  This webinar will review the policies put in place to date and attempt an outlook of the policy landscape ahead.  The webinar will look at how MFP, CFAP and other ad hoc relief can serve as a leading indicator of policy directional changes, as well as review potential concepts and historical analogues.

Title: Updated Supply and Demand for Corn and Soybeans

Dates: August 12th, 2020

The webinar will review the USDA’s U.S. corn and soybean yield and production forecasts released on August 12. The production forecasts will be combined with projections of marketing year consumption in order to project the magnitude of year-ending stocks. The implications for marketing year average prices as well as the likely pattern of prices during the 2020-21 marketing year will be discussed.

Title: Updated Supply and Demand for Corn and Soybeans

Dates: June 30th, 2020

The webinar will review USDA’s June 30 Grain Stocks and Acreage reports and considers balance sheet and price implications for both old and new crop corn and soybeans. The USDA’s estimate of June 1 stocks of corn and soybeans will provide a clearer picture of total 2019-20 marketing year consumption, ending stocks, and price prospects. The magnitude of planting acreage will clarify prospects for the size of the 2020 corn and soybean crops with implications for the 2020-21 balance sheets and price prospects.

Title: Tillage, Nitrogen Use, and Cover Crop Impacts of Corn and Soybean Returns in Central Illinois

Dates: June 22nd, 2020

The profitability of different tillage systems and nitrogen application systems will be presented, along with the profitability impacts of cover crops. Data are for the years from 2015 to 2019 and come from Precision Conservation Management, a project having many partners with Illinois Corn as the lead partner. Over all, certain conservation practices have positive impacts on profitability, as will be discussed during this webinar.

Title: Summary of 2019 FBFM Income and Expense Estimates for Illinois Farms

Dates: May 29th, 2020

The 2019 growing season was a challenge for Illinois farmers. This webinar will focus on the financial results for 2019 from data from the Illinois Farm Business Farm Management (FBFM) Association. Attendees will learn about 2019 farm income and returns, cost of production and how the challenges of 2019 affected the financial position of Illinois farmers.

Title: Updated Perspectives on the Pandemic and Policy Responses

Dates: May 26th, 2020

Gary Schnitkey, Nick Paulson and Jonathan Coppess from the farmdoc team will provide updates on the most recent issues in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, including the state-of-play on various policies for assistance in response. The discussion will include potential impacts on commodities markets from the fallout around biofuels production, livestock feed demand and exports, as well as a review of current legislative and USDA policies and the potential impacts.

Title: Coronavirus and The Pork Industry: Perspectives from The Maschhoffs

Dates: May 22nd, 2020

Bradley Wolter, CEO of The Maschhoffs, will share his perspectives on the impacts that Coronavirus has had on the pork industry, with discussion on human resource, pig health, and supplier issues. Gary Schnitkey will provide an economic update as well as background on recent trends in the pork industry.

Title: What is the Outlook for the Ethanol Industry Going Forward?

Dates: May 19th, 2020

The ethanol production industry has been severely impacted by demand destruction caused by coronavirus restrictions. The purpose of this webinar is to examine the financial damage done to the industry and the outlook for recovery through the end of 2020. Scott Irwin and Todd Hubbs of the farmdoc team will be joined by Eric Moseby, General Manager of Lincolnland Agri-Energy in Palestine, Illinois to discuss these issues.

Title: Farm Policy, Farm Incomes, and Upcoming Management Decisions

Dates: May 15th, 2020

Update on farm policy will be provided with discussion on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Income outlook given different potential payment schemes will be detailed. Difficulties in making 2021 decisions given the current policy environment will be described.

Title: PPP – Eligible Uses and the Loan Forgiveness Process

Dates: May 12th, 2020

Many businesses, including farmers and other agricultural enterprises, applied for and received Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loans. To qualify for loan forgiveness, loan funds can only be used to pay for certain expenses. Join Bob Rhea and Dale Lattz from FBFM and Nick Paulson from the farmdoc team to discuss these issues.

Title: Agricultural Law Issues and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dates: May 8th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has sent shockwaves through the agricultural production system and raised unique legal issues for input suppliers, crop and livestock producers, and processors. The Director of the National Agricultural Law Center, Harrison Pittman, along with University of Illinois Agricultural Lawyers A. Bryan Endres and Jonathan Coppess, will explore the pandemic’s impact on the legal enforceability of agricultural contracts, protections afforded under commodity specific statutes such as the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and the Packers and Stockyards Act, regulatory compliance issues with potential large-scale euthanasia of livestock, state-level meat inspection laws, application of the Defense Production Act in the agricultural context, and a new generation of farm foreclosure moratorium laws. There will also be an update on additional relief measures, payment limits and current policy discussions at the federal level.

Title: US-China Agricultural Trade and Shifting Consumption Patterns in China

Dates: May 5th, 2020

Over the past two years, policy actions have had major impacts on trade in agricultural products between the US and China.  In addition, shifts in the consumption patterns are changing the demand for agricultural products by Chinese consumers.  Nick Paulson will be joined by Wendong Zhang, assistant professor in Agricultural Economics at Iowa State University, for a discussion of these issues and how they impact the outlook for U.S. agricultural exports.

Title: Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Livestock Markets

Dates: May 1st, 2020

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on livestock markets continues to unfold and place substantial stress on livestock producers. Lee Schulz of Iowa State University joins Todd Hubbs to discuss the impacts and outlook for markets.

Title: Nick Paulson and Joe Glauber on Ag Trade

Dates: April 28th, 2020

U.S. agricultural trade policy, China's push to reconfigure international supply chain lines, the entrance of Brazil and Ukraine into the commodity export markets, and the coronavirus pandemic have all disrupted the once relatively stable U.S. corn and soybean export markets. University of Illinois Agricultural Economist Nick Paulson and IFPRI's Joe Glauber will explore the policies and fundamentals behind the changes and probe the future impact.

Title: An Update on Policy and Political Outlook for Coronavirus Pandemic Relief

Dates: April 24th, 2020

Less than a month ago, Congress enacted the CARES Act to provide $2 trillion in relief for the wide range of challenges from the Coronavirus pandemic. Questions remain about implementation, the outlook for additional relief and a general perspective on the political and policy discussions at the federal level for the food and agricultural sector.

Title: The Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Food Prices and Retail Food Sector

Dates: April 21st, 2020

The retail food sector has been put under substantial stress by the coronavirus pandemic. What started out with runs on toilet paper quickly escalated to empty meat and bread aisles at grocery stores. Scott Irwin will join Jayson Lusk of Purdue University to discuss the how the pandemic has impacted food prices and logistical issues in this crucial sector of the American economy.

Title: Getting the 2020 Crop Planted

Dates: April 17th, 2020

Even with good corn and soybean yields following record-late planting in 2019, there is increased urgency in getting the 2020 crops planted on time. Emerson Nafziger will talk about the start of the 2020 planting season, current conditions, and planting date, depth, and seeding rate decisions in the coming weeks.

Title: Rural Economy Stimulus: CARES and PPP Funding

Dates: April 16th, 2020

The CARES Act includes a number of programs targeted at supporting small businesses. Rural businesses in Illinois have choices about participating in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Join Bob Rhea and Dale Lattz from FBFM, and Nick Paulson from the farmdoc team, as they identify the key components of this new legislation and the impact on business owners.

Title: Scott Irwin and Jeff Bunting on Crop Supply Logistics This Spring

Dates: April 14th, 2020

Scott Irwin will be joined by Jeff Bunting of FS Growmark to discuss crop input supply and logistics issues that may arise due to the coronavirus pandemic. Scott will provide a brief overview of recent grain market developments and Jeff will then provide an overview of crop input supply and logistic issues.

Title: Impacts of Covid-19 on Agricultural Assets and Lending Markets

Dates: April 10th, 2020

COVID-19 is affecting America’s farmers, ranchers, and landowners in numerous and varied ways. Join Jackson Takach, chief economist with Farmer Mac, and Bruce Sherrick, Professor and Director of the TIAA Center for Farmland Research and a farmdoc team member, as they explore the drivers and linkages between the global pandemic, the related economic stoppage, farm assets, and agricultural finance.

Title: Crop Management Outlook for 2020

Dates: April 8th, 2020

Join Extension specialists from the University of Illinois Departments of Crop Science and Agricultural and Consumer Economics to discuss management recommendations for 2020 related to insect pests, weeds, diseases, and commodity prices.

Title: Acreage Decisions 2020

Dates: April 7th, 2020

Todd Hubbs will provide the latest outlook on acreage decisions for 2020. Gary Schnitkey will examine the cash flow and management decisions associated with 2020 acreage shifts.

Title: Outlook and Farm Policy Moving Forward

Dates: April 3rd, 2020

Rob Johansson, chief economist of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will provide perspectives on COVID-19s on the agricultural sector and work continuing within the USDA. Jonathan Coppess, farmdoc team member, will provide an updates that may be occurring at that point, with an emphasis on policy updates.

Title: Updated Supply and Demand for Corn and Soybeans

Dates: March 31st, 2020

The webinar will review USDA’s March 31 Grain Stocks and Prospective Plantings reports and considers balance sheet and price implications for both old and new crop corn and soybeans. The USDA’s estimate of March 1 stocks of corn and soybeans will provide a clearer picture of total 2019-20 marketing year consumption, ending stocks, and price prospects. The report will be especially important for projecting the magnitude of domestic corn consumption for feed use. The magnitude of planting intentions will clarify prospects for the size of the 2020 corn and soybean crops with implications for the 2020-21 balance sheets and price prospects.

Title: Global Transportation and Cash Flow Considerations

Dates: March 31st, 2020

Gary Schnitkey will discuss the existing farm safety net on crop farms. Discussion will center on losses from old crop, moving on to discussions for new crop. Protection offered by crop insurance and ARC/PLC commodity title programs will be outlined.

Title: Financial Perspectives on Agriculture and Coronavirus

Dates: March 27th, 2020

Nick Paulson, a farmdoc team member, will lead a discussion of COVID-19 concerns related to agricultural finance. Nathan Kauffman (Vice President and Omaha Branch Executive) and Cortney Cowley (Economist, Regional Affairs Department), from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, will be guests and provide important perspectives. Any recent important updates related to COVID-19 and agriculture will be shared.

Title: Lessons from Infectious Disease and Livestock

Dates: March 24th, 2020

Jim Lowe, an expert in infectious diseases in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois, will share his perspectives on African Swine Fever and Coronavirus. Any recent important updated related to COVID-19 and agriculture will be shared.

Title: Setting the Stage

Dates: March 20th, 2020

Join farmdoc experts Jonathan Coppess, Todd Hubbs, Scott Irwin, Nick Paulson and, Gary Schnitkey, as they discuss the coronavirus impact on ag markets, planting decisions, and agricultural policy.

Title: 2020 Crop Insurance Decisions

Dates: March 9th, 2020

All information is available for the 2020 crop insurance decisions. We will give a run down of risk and returns for the 2020 year, looking at changes from last year. Use of Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) will be discussed.

This webinar is sponsored by Compeer Financial which may be found at

Title: The Last Chance: Final ARC/PLC Information before the March 16 Deadline

Dates: February 27th, 2020

Questions continue concerning the ARC/PLC decision that must be made for the 2019 and 2020 years by March 16, 2020. This webinar will provide examples of decision-making for specific farm situations. Latest information will be used in this webinar. Decisions must be made by March 15th. Sign up for your appointment with your Farm Service Agency (FSA) office.

Title: Impact of Updated Yield and Price Information on ARC/PLC Decisions

Dates: February 24th, 2020

NASS will release 2019 county yields for corn and soybeans on Feb 20th. These county yields, along with more up-to-date price information, will be used to refine ARC/PLC decisions for 2019 and 2020. Those counties that likely will make county yields will be identified. Farmers in some counties may wish to revise ARC/PLC choices baed on this information.

Title: ARC/PLC Decisions for South Dakota

Dates: February 17th, 2020

We will describe making the 2018 Farm BIll commodity title choices faced by South Dakota farmers. Those choices will involve enrolling an entire Farm Service AGency (FSA) farm in Agricultural Risk Coverage at the individual level (ARC-IC), or choose between ARC at the county level (ARC-CO) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) for each program crop. Situations in which ARC individual coverage (ARC-IC) works will be described. Then choices between Agricultural RIsk Coverage at the COunty Level (ARC-CO) and PLC will…

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