Gold-Eagle Cooperative News

Response of Germinating and Early Season Soybeans to Flooding
Monday, June 10, 2019

The 2019 growing season has been one for the record books. In May, the entire state experienced above-average precipitation, ranging from 100% to 300% over normal (Figure 2). Longer term, from October 1 to May 28, the majority of the state experienced above normal precipitation (Figure 3). Depending on location, significant moisture events have left […]

Weed Management on Prevented Planting Acres
Monday, June 10, 2019

Persistent wet field conditions have increased the likelihood that many farmers will opt to take the prevented planting option through their crop insurance policy.  Even though no crop will be planted, weed control practices still should be implemented to reduce seed production from summer annual weed species.  Any weed seed produced in 2019 will add […]

The Advisability of Planting Corn Declines Rapidly with Later Planting Dates
Monday, June 10, 2019

June 5 is the final planting date for corn in most of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. After that date, farmers can decide to plant corn or take a prevented planting payment for fields or partial fields they intended to plant to corn.  The date of planting will impact expected returns from corn planting.  Herein we […]

Farmer Sentiment Collapsing As Financial Conditions Continue to Decline
Monday, June 10, 2019

The Ag Economy Barometer, an agricultural producer sentiment measure based upon a nationwide mid-month survey of 400 U.S. agricultural producers, dropped again in May. The May barometer reading of 101 was 14 points lower than a month earlier and was the lowest barometer reading since October 2016. For the second month in a row, the decline […]

Rain, Late Planting and Nitrogen
Monday, June 10, 2019

One of the most pressing questions as planting continues into June after a very wet May is whether or not the high rainfall amounts over the past month have affected the amount of nitrogen fertilizer needed for the corn crop this year. This is a complicated question, related both to concern about how much early-applied […]

After an Unprecedented Spring, Planting Decisions Unfold for Corn Belt Farmers
Monday, June 10, 2019

Washington Post writers Andrew Van Dam, Laris Karklis and Tim Meko reported on Tuesday that, “Corn Belt farmers are used to being at the mercy of the weather. “But they are not used to the weather being quite this merciless. “Through all of April and all of May, wave after wave of rain hit the nation right […]

Comparing Livestock Productivity Since 1993
Monday, June 3, 2019

While not the most encompassing measure of crop productivity, yield, or production divided by land, is easy to compute.  Research confirms its value as farms with consistently higher yields are found to be more profitable over time (Nivens, Kastens, and Dhuyvetter, 2002; and Sonka, Hornbaker, and Hudson, 1989).  In addition, since land is a foundation […]

Prevented Planting, 2019 Market Facilitation Program Payments, Disaster Assistance, and Price Dynamics
Monday, June 3, 2019

We stand at a point of extreme price and policy uncertainty.  In the Midwest, corn planting is historically late and many acres are or soon will be eligible for prevented planting payments on corn crop insurance policies. On many farms, corn prices have not increased enough to cause net returns from planting corn to exceed net […]

Late Planting with Sorghum Provides Opportunity
Monday, June 3, 2019

Grain sorghum is one crop option that can provide opportunity to growers in regions impacted by historically adverse weather during the 2019 planting season. As wet conditions persist for farmers across the U.S., producers calculating options as major crop plant deadlines loom need to keep the following considerations in mind when planting grain sorghum. Grain […]

Corn Price Strength Grows on Supply Issues
Monday, June 3, 2019

Reduced acreage and lost yield potential for the 2019 corn crop look to drive prices higher as the wet weather continues to cover much of the Corn Belt.  The magnitude of the production loss appears set to hit a level similar to a severe drought.  Weakening demand may temper the rally, but the potential of […]

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