Gold-Eagle Cooperative News

USDA Payments Provide Boost to Farmer Sentiment in January
Monday, February 11, 2019

The Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer rebounded sharply in January to a reading of 143, a 16-point improvement compared to December and the highest Barometer reading since June 2018. The January survey provided the first opportunity to measure farmer sentiment following USDA’s announcement that the second round of Market Facilitation Program(MFP) payments would be made to soybean […]

Has Cattle Herd Expansion Ground to a Halt?
Monday, February 11, 2019

Normally, at this time of year, the Cattle industry focuses on information contained in the USDA’s January 1 estimates of the U.S. cattle herd. The inventory report provides a wealth of information to market participants including estimates of the all cattle and calves inventory, and both the beef and dairy cow inventories as well as […]

The Farm Economy Slow Down-Commodity-level Impacts
Monday, February 11, 2019

A few weeks ago we considered the state-level impacts of the farm economy slow down. While net farm income has fallen 42% nationally, the impacts have varied across the country. As many would expect, the Corn Belt and Great Plains states were hard-hit. Based on reader feedback, this week’s post considers the farm economy slow down […]

Who’s Lonelier – City Slickers or Country Folks?
Monday, February 11, 2019

Social isolation and loneliness are increasingly being recognized as urgent public health threats, with risks to health and mortality as serious as those from obesity or smoking. Some researchers have cautioned that rural residents could be at greater risk for isolation due to the increased distances they must travel to visit their friends and family. […]

The LL-GT27 Soybean – What’s Legal?
Monday, February 11, 2019

We are starting to see the availability of soybean varieties with more than two herbicide resistance traits, which can expand the herbicide options, improve control, and allow multiple site of action tank mixes that reduce the rate of selection for resistance.  One of these is the Enlist soybean, with resistance to glyphosate, glufosinate, and 2,4-D.  […]

Net Return Prospects for Cattle Finishing in 2019
Monday, February 11, 2019

After averaging $111 per head in 2017, net returns averaged a loss of $45 per head in 2018.  The largest losses occurred in June and July, with losses of $126 and $108, respectively.  Are the prospects for 2019 more positive?  In addition to discussing net return prospects for cattle finishing in 2019, this article discusses […]

An Overview of U.S. Farms From USDA’s Economic Research Service
Monday, February 4, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS) recently released its annual brochure exploring characteristics of America’s farms.  Today’s update highlights a few of the key findings from the ERS brochure. In an annual update that provides an overview of U.S. farms (“America’s Diverse Family Farms: 2018 Edition“) ERS Economists Christopher Burns and James M. MacDonald noted that: Eighty-nine […]

How Many Soybean Acres Do We Need in 2019?
Monday, February 4, 2019

We have reached the time of the year where speculation about acreage for the 2019 crops begins in earnest.  While the number of acres planted to soybeans appears set to decrease, current projections indicate an intention to plant significantly more acres than necessary to reach breakeven prices in Illinois under current consumption and stock level […]

Field Performance of Seed Treatments and Soil Insecticides for Corn Rootworm Control
Monday, February 4, 2019

Producers across east-central Illinois have enjoyed low western corn rootworm pressure for several years, due to a combination of saturating rains during rootworm egg hatch and widespread use of Bt corn hybrids. Following a low point in the rootworm population in 2015, statewide monitoring of corn and soybean fields has documented a slow western corn […]

Weather at Three Key Growth Stages Predicts Corn Yield, Grain Quality
Monday, February 4, 2019

Corn is planted on approximately 90 million acres across the United States every year. With all that data, it takes months after harvest for government agencies to analyze total yield and grain quality. Scientists are working to shorten that timeline, making predictions for end-of-season yield by mid-season. However, fewer researchers have tackled predictions of grain […]

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