Deere Claims No Third Proposal Coming in Negotiations

A spokesperson for Deere and Company says there will not be a third contract offer to striking union workers. The UAW John Deere members voted to reject the second proposal from Deere this week, leaving more than 10,000 workers on strike. In a company statement, Deere said, “With the rejection of the agreement covering our […]

Deere Workers Reject Deal, Continue Strike

Deere and Company employees this week again rejected a tentative contract agreement. By a vote of 45% to 55%, United Auto Workers John Deere members voted down the agreement Tuesday night. UAW said the strike will continue as they discuss next steps with the company. This is the second tentative contract agreement rejected by Deere […]

Thieves Are Targeting Precision Ag Equipment

According to Farm Progress, producers need to keep an eye on their precision ag equipment, such as auto-guidance monitors and antennas. An ag store in central Illinois was set to send some equipment for field demonstrations at the 2021 Farm Progress show when a representative showed up to take the tractor there and couldn’t find […]

Midwest Wheat Farmers Report Harvest Progress

When taking a look at winter wheat nationwide, one-third of the crop has been harvested. According to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey, that 33% figure is behind the five-year average of 40% and also off of last year’s 59% harvested at this time. But, he said, it’s worth noting that many producers made tremendous progress over […]

Land Values Near 2014 Peak

Average sales prices for high-quality land in many states are at or near the peak prices last seen in January 2014. According to internal estimates from Farmers National Company, set to be released next month, land values have taken a sizable jump the past six months, and the new levels reflect that move. For instance, […]

Farm Progress Returning to Live Events in 2021

Farm Progress will return to hosting live events with the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, IL, August 31-September 2, and Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, NE, September 14-16. A survey done by Readex Research indicated that 84% of past show attendees will go to the show in person or plan to attend if their […]

National Winter Wheat Conditions Behind Average

With drying conditions reported across a fair portion of the country, what impact has that had on winter wheat? “We see 5% of the U.S. winter wheat headed on that date,” noted USDA Meteorologist, Brad Rippey. “The April 11th Average is 7%; last year 6% headed. We see Texas leading the way.” The only other […]

Illinois Remains Top Pumpkin Producing State

As we get ready for Halloween this weekend and Thanksgiving next month, it’s a perfect time to take a look at the top pumpkin producing states in the U.S. According to the Economic Research Service, ERS, pumpkins are grown in all states, but Illinois remains the nations largest pumpkin producer in both acreage and weight. […]

USDA: More than $7 Billion Paid in Second Round of CFAP

The USDA says it has paid more than $7 billion in assistance to farmers as part of round two of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Known as CFAP 2, the program provides farmers with financial aid to help absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said, […]

House Ag Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

Republican Illinois representative Rodney Davis has tested positive for COVID-19. In a letter on his website, Davis said, “Other than a higher-than-normal temperature, I am showing no symptoms at this time and feel fine.” Davis tested positive Wednesday morning after discovering a higher than normal temperature. Davis is a member of the House Agriculture Committee […]