- The first version of the 2005 Premium Calculator is now ready
for use (http://www.farmdoc.uiuc.edu/cropins/index.html).
This calculator provides estimates of insurance premiums for
federally subsidized insurance products for all counties in
12 Midwest states. These estimates are preliminary because base
prices and price volatilities will not be known until the beginning
of March. Best estimates of these parameters are placed in the
- Information on group products has been revised (http://www.farmdoc.uiuc.edu/cropins/group_crop_products.html).
This information includes calculators that estimate premiums
and average payments for alternative group products.
Soil Temperature Report Website
The Illinois State Water Survey is now posting daily maps showing
4-inch bare soil temperatures across the state. This information
is very useful to farmers to help them determine the proper time
to plant crops in the spring and when to apply anhydrous in the
Integrated Pest Management Newsletters in Illinois and
Each of the newsletters is available on-line, and most are published
weekly during the field season. The web sites tell how to order
of Illinois Pest Management and Crop Development Bulletin
N’Chew Cafe from the Purdue Agronomy Department http://www.agry.purdue.edu/ext/corn/cafe/
Pest and Crop Newsletter http://www.entm.purdue.edu/entomology/ext/ext_newsletters.html
State & Purdue Ag Answers
Ministry of Food and Agriculture Crop Talk http://www.gov.on.ca/OMAFRA/english/crops/field/news/
University of Wisconsin,
Wisconsin Crop Manager
Iowa State University
Integrated Crop Management Newsletter
Census Data On-line
On January 14, 2005, USDA's National Agricultural Statistics
Service (NASS) released the ZIP Code Tabulations and Congressional
District Tabulations from the 2002 Census of Agriculture. Tables
of county or commodity statistics are easily generated.
Illinois Wind Maps
The U.S. Department of Energy has produced wind resource maps
and collected wind resource data for each state. This is the map
for Illinois and accompanying wind data.
Midwest/Great Plains Wind Power Projects Map
The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) has posted an updated
map of Midwest/Great Plains wind power projects. This updated
Midwest/Great Plains Wind Power Projects Map shows the locations
of all existing and planned wind power projects in the region.
About 1,440 MW of wind power projects are now operating in the
region, and at least 11,759 MW of projects are currently planned
for construction. Since ELPC first released this map in June 2004
operating wind power projects have increased by 200 MW and proposed
projects have increased by 8,000 MW.
Wind Energy Basics and New Educational Curriculums
Wind energy, produced with the large new wind turbines, is becoming
a controversial natural resource issue for many communities and
counties. The U.S. Department of Energy has an excellent website
with a tremendous amount of information about wind: Quick Facts
about Wind Energy, Resources and Curriculums for Teachers and
Students, Wind Energy Basics, Frequently Asked Questions and Wind
Energy and the Homeowner.
New Organic Farming Compliance Handbook http://sarep.ucdavis.edu/organic/complianceguide/
The manual outlines methods, materials, and practices that are
compatible and consistent with organic standards. Materials were
assembled from the most current national, regional, and local
sources. The resource guide was developed as part of an educational
project funded by the Western Region USDA SARE program.
Purdue Offers Entrepreneurs Web-based Business Planning
Purdue's Agricultural Innovation and Commercialization Center
has a new business planning tool for entrepreneurs. This step-by-step
on-line guide helps them to make a business plan and allows the
plan to be updated.
Native Plant Guide – On-line Version
A wide variety of native prairie and wetlands plants are described
so that you can chose what mixture would work best in your natural
Rural Transportation at a Glance
This six-page brochure provides the latest information on transportation
in rural America. The effects of deregulation, devolution of Federal
transportation responsibilities to the States, increased Federal
funding, and heightened security concerns are discussed in the
context of each of the individual modes of transportation.