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    Handing Off Your Business:  The Future of Your Business Without You

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    With the extremely wet spring Illinois is experiencing producers are having a very difficult time getting their seed planted. As we approach the final planting dates for corn (June 5), producers will have to take into consideration many factors to make the most profitable decisions on their farm.

    In response to this, the Extension Commercial Agriculture team and Extension specialists have put together a "Late Planting Checklist" for producers. We hope this checklist can provide answers to common questions producers may have.

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    News Source: by Lois Yoksoulian |Physical Sciences Editor |217-244-2788

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    Commercial Agriculture Educators Jesse Soule, Phillip Alberti, and Talon Becker will be hosting the annual Soil Fertility Webinar sponsored by University of Illinois Extension on February 28, 2019. Two CEU credits in Soil & Water Management, and 2.5 CEU credits in Nutrient Management will be available.

    This webinar will be hosted in the U of I Extension Offices in Logan County (Lincoln, IL). Presentations will be delivered via PowerPoint and web conferencing from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and lunch will be provided.

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    On-line registration NOW open at:https://web.extension.illinois.edu/lfmm/clmt/
    The 2019 Certified Livestock Manager Training workshops, will be held in 11 locations throughout the state, beginning Jan. 30 in Springfield and concluding Feb. 28 back in Springfield. The University of Illinois Extension workshops provide Illinois livestock producers the manure management training they need to meet the requirements of the state's Livestock Management Facilities Act.
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    Wondering how to manage dicamba in dicamba-tolerant soybeans in 2019? Find out what four Extension and university weed specialists, Aaron Hager with the University of Illinois, Bill Johnson and Joe Ikley with Purdue University, and Mark Loux at The Ohio State University, are recommending regarding dicamba. They just released a bulletin with five additional suggestions to reduce off-site movement of dicamba.
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    Author: Nick Seiter, Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois.

    An insect control action (such as spraying an insecticide or planting a corn hybrid that incorporates a Bt trait) is only justified once the population of an insect pest reaches a certain level. This makes sense if you consider how foolish it would be to spray an entire soybean field because you found a single bean leaf beetle. However, determining the critical level of pest activity where a control action is needed can be challenging.

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      Gary Schnitkey
      Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics -University of Illinois
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      Recent events suggest a possibility that China will place a 25% tariff on soybean exports from the United States to China. What effect would this have on soybean prices and farms? Krista Swanson, Gray Schnitkey, Todd Hubbs, Johnathan Coppess and Nick Paulson from the U of I Dept. of Agricultural and Consumer Economics weigh in with their latest article on farmdoc Daily.
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      Wanted to share this upcoming program sponsored by the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs WIU and the Illinois Stewardship Alliance. Learn about LOCAL opportunities in poultry production! https://www.ilstewards.org/get-a-piece-of-the-poultry-pie-april-19th/

      Consumers in Chicago and St Louis will dish out a premium for pastured poultry from Illinois growers.

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      The National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) released county yields for 2017 (released February 22) on NASS's Quick Stats website. With these NASS yields, fairly accurate estimates of 2017 Agricultural Risk Coverage at the county level (ARC-CO) payments can be made. Visit the link below to see U.S. maps showing estimated payments per base acre for corn, soybeans, and wheat. A table showing estimated payments per county in Illinois also is given.
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      Soil and water interactions will be the focus of a Soil and Water Management Webinar sponsored by University of Illinois Extension on February 20, 2018. The workshop will be held at the Logan County Extension office in Lincoln. Presentations will be delivered via PowerPoint and web conferencing from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

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      Need a copy of machinery cost estimates for your year-end paperwork? We have you covered. Download a PDF copy here!
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      Soil and Water Management Seminar for Certified Crop Advisors is coming to the Logan County Extension office in Lincoln, IL. (February 20 - 9:00 am to 2:30 pm).

      Registration is $45.00 per person, which includes materials and lunch.

      4.5 hours of Certified Crop Advisor Credit in soil and water management available. For presentation at multiple locations, web conferencing and PowerPoints will be used.


      Webinar Location

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      URBANA, Ill. – Hog prices this fall have been stronger than anticipated. In early October, USDA analysts estimated that fourth-quarter live prices would average $38 to $40 per hundredweight. According to Purdue University Extension economist Chris Hurt, now it looks like the actual price will be $46 to $47.

      "It is always enjoyable to exceed expectations, but what is the source of the better hog prices and will those factors continue in 2018? The answer to the last question appears to be yes," Hurt says.

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      Hello "Around The County" subscribers!

      Just wanted to let you know that the 2017 Illinois Farm Economics Summit is coming to Springfield Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza.
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      Looking for a better way to determine average cash rents? Gary Schnitkey with the U of I has some good information posted on FarmDoc Daily.

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      2016 County Crop Yields Released

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      Commercial cow-calf producers and seed stock breeders interested in purchasing a total performance tested bull will want to attend the 2017 Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale. The sale will be the leadoff event of the Illinois Beef Expo. There are 67 bulls cataloged with 27 being longer-aged 2015 mature bulls and 40 yearlings. A breakdown of the breeds includes 42 Angus, 20 Simmental and SimAngus, and 5 Polled Hereford. The sale is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 23, at 11 a.m. and will be held in the Livestock Center on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

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      The December 21, 2016 issue of the Bi-Weekly National Organic Comprehensive Report is now available on the Market News website: http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/lsmqnof.pdf