Extension Ag Update
September/October 2006
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Internet Links

FARMDOC:   Farm Economics: Facts and Opinions

Increase in Illinois Land Real Estate Values Accelerates http://www.farmdoc.uiuc.edu/manage/newsletters/fefo06_13/fefo06_13.html
The USDA estimates that Illinois farmland values increased by 14.1 percent in 2006 to an average of $3,800 per acre. Since 2000, Illinois farm real estate values have increased 68 percent.

Corn and Soybean Prices for More Corn in 2007 www.farmdoc.uiuc.edu/manage/newsletters/fefo06_14/fefo06_14.html
This fact sheet examines breakeven corn prices.  If prices are above the breakevens, farmers gain by switching to more corn in 2007. Given a $6.00 per bu. soybean price, breakeven corn prices range from slightly above $3.00 down to $2.50 for a range of yields typical of most farms.

Cost Increases: Its Not Just Energy
http://www.farmdoc.uiuc.edu/manage/newsletters/fefo06_11/fefo06_11.html

Limestone Comparisons 

http://www.agr.state.il.us/news/pub/Limestonebooklet.html
 If you want to compare the quality of limestone from one quarry to another, consult the new edition of the Illinois Voluntary Limestone Program Producer Information booklet.

Illinois Forestry Website

http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/forestry/
 Trees are Illinois' most valuable renewable natural resource. A new Illinois Forestry website was developed by Jay Hayek, Visiting Extension Specialist, Forestry.  It contains a wealth of information on tree planting, forest management, urban and community forestry issues, Illinois forest facts and much more. An interesting section is the Illinois Big Tree Register that lists the largest trees in Illinois and their locations.

USDA Pre-Harvest Security Guidelines and Checklist 2006

http://www.usda.gov/documents/PreHarvestSecurity_final.pdf
This USDA guide offers security tips to help agricultural producers enhance security at the farm level. These practical measures help to protect against natural disasters as well as the unintentional or intentional introduction of plant or animal diseases. The voluntary guidelines and checklists were developed based upon recommendations from producers throughout the U.S. Guidelines have been developed for general agriculture, dairy, crops, cattle and poultry security. USDA's local Farm Service Agency Service Centers are distributing the guide or you can download it from the web.

Adoption of Genetically Engineered Crops in the U.S.

http://www.ers.usda.gov/Data/BiotechCrops/
This report summarizes the extent of adoption of herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant genetically engineered crops in the United States. Data cover GE varieties of corn, cotton, and soybeans over the 2000-2006 period by state.

International Survey of Herbicide Resistant Weeds

http://www.weedscience.org/in.asp
This website was established to monitor the evolution of herbicide-resistant weeds. It now lists: 310 resistant biotypes, 183 species (110 dicots and 73 monocots), and over 270,000 fields haunted by formerly affected plants.

Pesticide Devices: Understanding the Differences

http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/about/devices.htm
Although pest control devices are not required to be registered with EPA, some other regulatory requirements do apply. Some common examples of such pest control devices that are subject to the other regulatory requirements are:

  • Ultraviolet light systems, certain water and air filters, or ultrasonic devices that make claims that the device kills, inactivates, entraps, or suppresses growth of fungi, bacteria, or viruses in various sites.
  • High frequency sound generators, carbide cannons, foils, and rotating devices that make claims about repelling pests, such as birds and mice.
  • Black-light traps, fly traps (without an attractant substance other than food), electronic and heat screens, fly ribbons, and fly paper that make claims about killing or entrapping insects.
  • Mole thumpers, sound repellants, foils and rotating devices that make claims about repelling certain mammals.

Re-registration of Pesticides

http://cfpub.epa.gov/oppref/rereg/status.cfm?show=rereg
This website shows the status of each chemical in the review process by EPA.

Training Module for the Safe and Secure Storage of Pesticides and Fertilizers

http://disaster.ifas.ufl.edu/agroChemSecurity.htm
The Univ. of Florida Extension has developed a six-unit module on the safe and secure storage of pesticides and fertilizers.   Each of which contains: a narrative providing background information; a PowerPoint presentation paralleling the narrative; pre-and post-tests and an evaluation; and table-top exercises.