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May/June 2003
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Illinois Average Farm Price Received Database Tool


A new tool is now available at the farmdoc website. It is the Illinois Average Farm Price Received Database Tool. It shows the average farm price received data, for multiple commodities, in the state of Illinois for the period 1960 to present. These historical price series are often useful for long-range planning. Seven commodities are included in the tool: corn, soybeans, wheat, barrows and gilts, steers and heifers, calves and milk. Monthly average prices and monthly marketing weights are available for corn, soybeans and wheat. Only monthly average prices are available for barrows and gilts, steers and heifers, calves and milk. It is important to note that the prices represent the average price actually received by farmers, and therefore, may be different from average prices offered by the market.

Counter-Cyclical Payment Tool


The tool calculates what the average market price needs to be for a given commodity for the rest of the year in order for the marketing year average price to just equal the threshold price and result in no counter-cyclical payment. The tool currently addresses corn, soybeans and wheat, but oats, barley, grain sorghum, and upland cotton will be added shortly.

Prices Inquiry System

This software provides the ability to retrieve the following information: Insurance Plan, Unit of Measure, Type Code, Practice Code, Option Code/Rate Class/Crush District, Cat Price/Cat Amount, Established Price/Reference Maximum Amount, Additional Price, Base Price, and Harvest Price by State and County for individual/all crop(s). The results can be printed in the tabular format.

Foreign Agricultural Service

A wide array of information on weather, exports and markets around the world.

2003 Illinois Fertilizer Research Conference proceedings

Reports on fertilizer research in Illinois can be found here.

Updated and New CAFO Factsheets


Forage Soybean

Consider forage soybeans as an alterative crop.

Economic and Structural Relationships in U.S. Hog Production

Rapid change in the size and ownership structure of U.S. hog production has created new and varied challenges for the industry. This report describes an industry becoming increasingly concentrated among fewer and larger farms, and becoming more economically efficient. These changes have not come without problems. The increasing market control and power concentrated among packers and large hog operations, and the manure management problem posed by an increasing concentration of hog manure on fewer operations, are paramount concerns.

Aquaculture Outlook


Examines the U.S. aquaculture industry including production, inventory, sales, prices, inputs, and trade of catfish, trout, tilapia, salmon, mollusks, crawfish, shrimp, ornamental fish, and new species.