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.

2016 County Crop Yields Released

Need a copy of machinery cost estimates for your year-end paperwork? We have you covered. Download a PDF copy here!
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.

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.

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.

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.

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