Gold-Eagle Cooperative News

Western Corn Rootworm Beetles Emerging, Time to Scout
Monday, July 20, 2020

Western corn rootworm beetles began emerging in southeast and south central Nebraska at the end of June. Beetles typically emerge somewhat later in northeastern and western Nebraska. Beetles emerging before silk emergence may feed on corn leaves. They feed by scraping the surface tissue, leaving a white parchment-like appearance. Once silks emerge, they become the […]

Phase-Two Deal with China Unlikely, as U.S. Corn Exports Continue
Monday, July 20, 2020

Josh Zumbrun and Catherine Lucey reported on the front page of Saturday’s Wall Street Journal that, “President Trump damped expectations for a promised phase-two trade pact with China on Friday, saying the relationship between the countries has been too badly damaged by the coronavirus pandemic. “‘I don’t think about it now,’ Mr. Trump told reporters aboard […]

If you Have Not Been Scouting Corn, Now Is the Time to Start
Monday, July 20, 2020

Most of Illinois this season has been hot and dry, especially through central and northern portions of the state .  This has been good as far as limiting foliar diseases in our corn crop.  Fungi require some level of moisture for spores to germinate, and the fungus to grow and infect foliage.  This is a major reason […]

Soybean Demand Linked to Economic Recovery
Monday, July 20, 2020

Wet and warm conditions over some key soybean growing regions pressured soybean prices recently.  The prospect of a good soybean crop places added emphasis on demand over the next year.  Soybean consumption in 2020-21 shows a substantial increase driven mostly by expanded exports in the recent WASDE report.  A robust recovery in domestic and world […]

Comparison of a Conventional Crop Rotation with an Organic Forage-Based Crop Rotation
Monday, July 13, 2020

Due to continued increases in demand for certified organic grains, crop farmers that have transitioned from conventional to certified organic grains report higher net returns per acre (McBride et al., 2015; Greene et al., 2017; Greene and Vilorio, 2018; Center for Farm Financial Management, 2020).  Despite this, certified organic land accounts for less than 2 […]

Tar Spot in Illinois Corn-2020
Monday, July 13, 2020

It’s early in the season, but before we know it, corn will be chest high and we will be thinking about if in season management is needed.  Last year I mentioned that you should “avoid the cosmic freakout” around tar spot.  I again emphasize this statement this season.  Tar spot is endemic to the state […]

Bacterial Leaf Streak in Corn
Monday, July 13, 2020

Recently there have been a flood of reports of Bacterial leaf streak (BLS) from areas within Iowa.  Not surprisingly reports of  BLS have started to come in from portions of Northern Illinois, an area of the state that has been subject to several significant rain events over the past two weeks.  Severe weather pushed through these areas yesterday, […]

USDA Surprises Drive Corn Prices Higher
Monday, July 13, 2020

The Acreage and Grain Stocks reports, released on June 30,produced some surprises for the corn market.  The drop in acreage spurred a rally in corn prices and injected some optimism into the corn outlook moving into the 2020 marketing year.  The market turns to weather forecasts and the upcoming WASDE report for price formation over the short term. Corn […]

Farmer Sentiment Rebounds Amidst Ongoing COVID-19 Concerns
Monday, July 13, 2020

Farmer sentiment improved again in June as the Purdue University-CME Group Ag Economy Barometer rose 14 points to a reading of 117. The barometer’s rise was fueled by improvements in both the Index of Current Conditions which rose to a reading of 99, 19 percent higher than a month earlier, and the Index of Future Expectations which climbed to 126, […]

Spider Mites in Soybean
Monday, July 13, 2020

Spider mites often show up when it’s hot and dry outside. Given our current weather (and the promise of more heat to come), it’s a good time to review our scouting and management recommendations. Spider mites feed on a wide variety of plants, and usually enter soybean fields from grassy edges – especially right after […]

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