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Cost & Returns from Different Nitrogen Application Timing in Illinois

By Gary Schnitkey, Dale Lattz & Laura Gentry Overall returns on Illinois grain farms are projected to be much lower in 2019 than recent years, resulting in more consumer about managing input costs. Fertilizer, seed, and pesticide costs represent a large portion of the total cost of producing corn, with fertilizer costs historically larger than…
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Strip-Till Implementation in Illinois

By Gary Schnitkey & Laura Gentry Strip-till is a relatively common tillage practice on farmland that will be planted to corn in east-central Illinois, accounting for about 14% of the acres planted to corn in Precision Conservation Management (PCM) from 2015 to 2018. Returns to strip-till have been roughly the same as other one-pass tillage…
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Tillage Passes & Returns on Corn-Soybean Farms in East-Central Illinois

By Gary Schnitkey & Laura Gentry There is great diversity in number and type of tillage operations used to grow corn and soybean in east-central Illinois. As 2019 appears to be a low-income year, reducing tillage passes is one way to reduce costs. This may be more of an option in 2019 since fewer fall…
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The Economic Advisability of Lowering 2019 Nitrogen Application Rates on Corn

By Gary Schnitkey & Laura Gentry Spring field operations will soon begin, and nitrogen applications on corn will commence. More nitrogen will be applied this spring than is typical because wet weather limited fall applications. University-recommended nitrogen application rates in Illinois are between 140 and 180 pounds of actual nitrogen per acre for corn-following-soybeans. For…
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PCM Newsletter – Fall 2019

Welcome to the Fall 2019 PCM newsletter! In keeping with the theme of the 2019 planting season, we’re running a little behind preparing it. But we have been BUSY! Today, we’ve enrolled almost 350 farmers from Illinois and Kentucky in the PCM program, representing more than 30,000 acres of commodity crops. PCM Specialists and staff…
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PCM Newsletter – Spring 2018

PCM Events & Updates A critical piece of PCM’s success is the one-on-one relationship between PCM cooperators and their Specialists. PCM Specialists have been busy delivering the Resource Analysis & Assessment Plans to our 117 cooperators in Illinois. The PCM team has been working hard all winter to have these reports ready to deliver before…
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PCM Newsletter – Fall 2017

Welcome to the Fall 2017 newsletter! A lot happened this summer. Our enrollment coordinators signed-up over 50 new cooperators – in April we hired 2 new PCM Specialists, Jacob Walker and Chris Stewart. Chris, our Kentucky Specialist, helped us launch PCM in 10 counties in western Kentucky. Download to read more…