Farmdoc Website Redesigned
Key improvements include:
- The "look and feel" of the site has been updated
to enhance the presentation of material at the site.
- Live weather radar maps are now available from the farmdoc
- Two new tools have been developed to facilitate quick and
easy access to current cash, futures and options quotes available
on the Internet.
- Navigation buttons for "Publications" and "Tools"
have been added that allow users one-click access from any page
at the site to all newsletters, articles, decision tools and
databases available at farmdoc.
- Two new sections have been added. The "For Farmland
Owners" section provides owners of farmland with current
information and references in a number of key areas related
to renting and buying farmland, managing farms, commodity marketing,
and government commodity programs. The "Ag Web Resources"
section provides quick access to helpful web resources on a
variety of agricultural production topics
Pricing Performance of Market Advisory Services in Corn
and Soybeans Over 1995-2001, Report 2003-05
The purpose of this research report is to evaluate the pricing
performance of market advisory services for the 1995-2001 corn
and soybean crops. Little evidence is found that advisory programs
with superior performance can be usefully selected based on past
performance. The results raise the intriguing possibility that
even though advisory services do not appear to "beat the
market," they nonetheless provide an opportunity for farmers
to improve marketing performance because farmers under-perform
the market. Mirroring debates about stock investing, the relevant
issue is whether farmers can most effectively improve marketing
performance by pursuing "active" strategies, like those
recommended by advisory services, or "passive" strategies,
which involve routinely spreading sales across the marketing window.
Hessian Fly on Wheat
An overview of this important pest of wheat.
Identifying the Hessian Fly
Learn how to identify this important pest.
As a database for small grains this website is a compilation of
molecular and phenotypic information on wheat, barley, rye, triticale,
and oats. The website is supported by the USDA-ARS Plant Genome
Research Program, and by contributing scientists.
Wheat Diseases and Pests: A Guide for Field Identification
This booklet is a quick guide for identifying wheat and triticale
diseases in the field. The text comprises a brief description
of the major wheat and triticale diseases, insect pests, nematodes,
physiologic and genetic disorders, and mineral and environmental
stresses. The site includes numerous color photographs, drawings
and a diagnostic key.
Federal Sustainable Agriculture Program Primer
This primer compiles basic information about a variety of federal
programs and policies that can help a sustainable farmer. Information
available includes a short summary of each program, how to access
the program (including deadlines and eligibility criteria), the
status and funding source of each program, and where to go for
more information. New information will be added as it becomes
Assessing Farmland in Illinois
Learn how your land values are determined.
First Annual National Resources Inventory
The National Resources Inventory (NRI) provides comprehensive
and statistically reliable information on various natural resource
conditions and trends on nonfederal.
The Use of Recycled Wall Board in Crop Production
Learn how to use this readily available material.
Choosing Between Liming Materials
Learn the advantages and disadvantages of different types of liming
Using Chopped Newspaper for Animal Bedding
Recycle newspaper in your livestock pens.