Gary Schnitkey
Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics -University of Illinois
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.

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.
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!

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

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.

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.
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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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.