RFD Illinois

Illinois Farm Bureau


Your daily rundown of the issues affecting Illinois farmers. RFD Radio hosts Rita Frazer, DeLoss Jahnke and Jim Taylor are your boots on the ground, keeping you up to date on the news stories, market trends and weather outlooks that could affect your farm. This is the daily early morning broadcast repurposed as a podcast.
If you have questions or suggestions for content, please contact Jolene Neuhauser at jneuhauser@ilfb.org.

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RFD Illinois September 29, 2023

Kevin Semlow, Executive Director Gov’t Affairs & Commodities talks about the looming Gov’t shutdown in Washington & the Farm Bill. Profit Watch Energy features Daniel Munch AFBF on freight rates as we look at low river levels. Recap of the Hogs & Pigs and other economic numbers. Preview of the Quarterly Grain Stocks Report.

Sep 29
RFD Illinois September 28, 2023

Longtime Ag Senator Chuck Grassley now expects the 2018 farm bill will have to be extended for one-year. RFD Washington correspondent Matt Kaye reports. Travis Meteer U of I Beef Extension Specialist talks about harvest and cattle grazing corn stalks. Arlan Suderman, StoneX, on a wild day for outside markets plus a preview of tomorrow’s quarterly stocks report

Sep 28
RFD Illinois September 27, 2023

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack says a government shutdown would be “incredibly disruptive” to millions of Americans, including farmers, USDA staff, and needy families. RFD Washington correspondent Matt Kaye reports. Todd Steinacher, Syngenta Product Agronomist, talks about growing season observations and early harvest results. Brad Turasky, Western Smokehouse Partners;

Sep 27
RFD Illinois September 26, 2023

Hope to renew the Black Sea Grain Initiative has all but vanished in the wake of Russia’s latest strikes on Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odessa and Ukraine’s strike against Russia’s naval fleet in Crimea. RFD Washington correspondent Matt Kaye reports AgriGold Agronomist Brett Leahr talks about red crown rot showing up in central Illinois soybeans. Review of the weekly crop progress and conditions report Mark Henderson, WIFR Rockford. Part of his area is now extreme drought. Darin Newsom, important notes about this week’s corn price action

Sep 26
RFD Illinois September 25, 2023

Ethanol news from RFD Washington Correspondent Matt Kaye. The USDA is gathering data about farm labor and Jim Taylor shares details. We hear from Jeff Adkisson, GFAI, with safe reminders for harvest, including lock out tag out. Farmer Shaun Tyson tells us about the 9+ inches of rain last week in Logan County and Brad Rippey, USDA, with a dry forecast.

Sep 25
RFD Illinois September 22, 2023

Affordable Connectivity Program that provides assistance for Broadband funding is in danger. Matt Kaye reports. Illinois Farm Bureau President Rich Guebert remembers the Mississippi River flooding that occurred 30 years ago. Energy news: Scott Wilson, GMK energy risk management talks US production increasing to combat higher prices. Ryan Snyder, GMK, talks FS Wheat performance this past year.

Sep 22
RFD Illinois September 21, 2023

RFD Correspondent Matt Kaye reports on issues that are hanging up Farm Bill progress in both the House and Senate. Susan Turner, Progressive Ag Foundation, talks the mission of the Foundation. Market analysis with Jim McCormick, Ag Market.Net and Josh Challand, Roach Ag. Doug Yoder, COUNTRY Financial on September 30 deadlines.

Sep 21
RFD Illinois September 20, 2023

House Ag Chair GT Thompson and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack at an Axios press event expressed confidence for a farm bill this year but shed no new light on its timing. RFD Washington correspondent Matt Kaye reports. View from the Cab with Farm Week’s Dan Grant as he talks to Mathew Heberling, Sr. Research Manager Winfield & Christian Co Farm Bureau President. Eric Vanasdale COUNTRY Loss Control Supervisor & Kevin Frye, GMK on National Farm Safety & Health Week.

Sep 20
RFD Illinois September 19, 2023

House GOP moderates and hardliners brokered a short-term spending framework to keep the government open, but the chances in the House are uncertain almost impossible in the Senate. RFD Washington correspondent Matt Kaye reports. Illinois Director of Ag, Jerry Costello talks about groundbreaking for the Saline River Farms processing plant near Marion, IL and the opportunity it brings for Southern Illinois. Jim Taylor talks with Farm Week Crop Watcher Doug Uphoff for a harvest report. An update of the weekly crop progress and conditions report. Ali Preston and Cultivating Our Communities preview.

Sep 19
RFD Illinois September 18, 2023

Politics on display as the Farm Bill deadline nears. RFD Correspondent Matt Kaye Reports. IDOA Director Costello on Farm Safety and Health Week. Reese Tracy & Corey Frederick, Truckin Sauced BBQ, winners of the WIU contest Saturday

Sep 18
RFD Illinois September 15, 2023

A spending rebellion by House GOP hardliners has stalled the appropriations process in the lower chamber, putting Ag and other programs at risk. RFD Washington correspondent Matt Kaye reports Steve Sukup President & CEO Sukup talked from the Farm Progress Show about 60 years of being in the grain drying business. Profit Watch Energy features Ben Kasch of Bower Trading on crude oil hitting $90. Steve Bridge provides a State Capitol report.

Sep 15
RFD Illinois September 14, 2023

Ag Senator Joni Ernst has some tough words on the administration’s push for electric vehicles including comments by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. RFD Washington corr. Matt Kaye reports. Rob Schrick Strategic Business Lead North America Broad Acre Crop Protection-Helping producers with new and innovative products, TriVolt Herbicide, and the launch of Chat-Grower-to-Grower which connects growers who have used TriVolt with growers who have questions about the product. We hear from the new Chairman of the U.S. Grains Council Brent Boydston. Garret Toay of AgTraderTalk talks corn market.

Sep 14
RFD Illinois September 13, 2023

The Senate this week plans to advance three annual spending bills, including agriculture, setting the stage for a spending showdown with the House amid a possible October 1st government shutdown. RFD Washington correspondent Matt Kaye reports. Kevin Raber provides a Crop Watcher update from Wabash County. A recap of USDA numbers with Joe Camp, Commstock Investments.

Sep 13
RFD Illinois September 12, 2023

The Senate this week plans to advance three annual spending bills, including agriculture, setting the stage for a spending showdown with the House amid a possible October 1st government shutdown. RFD Washington correspondent Matt Kaye reports. Phil Hartke of Effingham County talks about his life of service to the ag community and his pride in working with his son and grandsons on the family farm today. Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs talks about what’s available to farmers through the Ag Invest Program. Also, WASDE report expectations. And Fred Nuxoll & Terry Jones—changes in purchase preferences, more roasts as the weather gets cooler.

Sep 12
RFD Illinois September 11, 2023

Senate Ag Chair Debbie Stabenow is touting CCC dollars as a viable cushion to help supplement scarce farm bill dollars. RFD Washington correspondent Matt Kaye reports. We learn about a beef barn opening in Teutopolis with the Hartke family. IDOA Director Jerry Costello details the Illinois Grain Tour and Ed Kasper discusses getting systems in sync before harvest rolls.

Sep 11
RFD Illinois September 8, 2032

Report from the field as harvest rolls in Pike County with farmer, Jess Heavner. Profit Watch Energy with Scott Wilson, GROWMARK and Fertilizer Prices with Sam Taylor Rabo Research.

Sep 08
RFD Illinois September 7, 2023

Matt Kaye report on impatience over the lack of Farm Bill progress. Dan Basse, Ag Resources, talks about the positive outlook for the protein markets. Trent Ford on August numbers and a September outlook. KJ Johnson IFCA and Julie Hewitt NREC on ag retail survey.

Sep 07
RFD Illinois September 6, 2023

USDA has cut its Fiscal Year ’24 farm export forecast for all major US foreign markets, including number one, China. RFD Washington correspondent Matt Kaye reports. Travis Meteer U of I Beef Extension Specialist talks about the Orr Beef Research Day, today 9-6, and promotes the Grazing Schools coming up later this month for the Illinois Grazing Lands Coalition. Weekly crop conditions report numbers and Luke Worrell, ISPFMRA Land Values report.

Sep 06
RFD Illinois September 5, 2023

RFD Correspondent Matt Kaye reports on a potential ‘September to Remember’ as US lawmakers face daunting differences over spending decisions needed to keep the government open after the fiscal year ends on the 30th. Josh Stoller Precision Planting talks Clarity at the Farm Progress Show Fall weather and grilling habits with Nuxoll Food Center in Effingham. Cover Crops with Illinois Soybean Director Brady Holst.

Sep 05
RFD Illinois September 4, 2023

Conversation with IFB President Rich Guebert and VP Brian Duncan and retiring broadcaster Max Armstrong. Matt Bennett, Ag Market.net on markets from the Farm Progress Show. Gary Schnitkey, on the cost of production.

Sep 05
RFD Illinois September 1, 2023

An American Farm Bureau official says the EPA left itself a big opening in its final WOTUS rule to regulate wetlands. RFD Washington correspondent Matt Kaye reports Steve Bridge with Farm Bill talk from the Farm Progress Show this week. Golden Harvest/Syngenta Kramer Farney Head of Golden Harvest Marketing telling his corn story. Profit Watch Energy with Michael Newland, PERC; Jim Jacobs, CEO Country

Sep 01
RFD Illinois August 31, 2023

More from the Farm Progress Show: AFBF President Zippy Duvall,Renewable Fuels Assn. CEO Geoff Cooper, USDA RMA Administrator Marcia Bunger and DTN/Progressive Farmer market analyst Todd Hultman

Aug 31
RFD Illinois August 30, 2023

Coverage from the 2023 Farm Progress Show with comments from Ron Kindred, Chair, Illinois Soybean Assn. Illinois Director of Agriculture, Jerry Costello, Case IH, Doug Yoder, COUNTRY Financial and Mark Orr, GROWMARK CEO. Plus early markets and weather.

Aug 30
RFD Illinois August 28, 2023

RFD Washington Correspondent reports on the ethanol industry's concerns over the EPA’s Science Advisory Board downplaying the climate benefits of corn ethanol in a recent report. Kurt Aumann, Aumann Auctions from the Half-Century of Progress talks trends and markets for antique tractors Steve Johnson, VP Florida Farm Bureau Federation on sky high orange juice prices. Will we have a shortage? Early morning markets and weather.

Aug 28
RFD Illinois August 25, 2023

Matt Kaye reports on legislative logistics holding up Farm Bill progress. IFB President Rich Guebert talks with Rita Frazer about presence at the upcoming Farm Progress Show. PWE with Dan Basse Ag Resources on soybean markets. Steve Bridge reports on increased car thefts, and action by the Secretary of State to hinder. Jim Taylor with the early markets.

Aug 25
RFD Illinois August 24, 2023

House Ag Chairman GT Thompson from Congressman Bost’s listening session in Effingham County. Heat talk and cancelations as a result, including the DuQuoin State Fair parade. Rhett Raythe with the 3 Headed Monster BBQ in Shannon, IL

Aug 24
RFD Illinois August 23, 2023

A fall farm bill looks less certain than expected, as House GOP leaders try to head off rebellion from the hard right flank. RFD Washington correspondent Matt Kaye reports. Jeff Galle, Coordinator of the Ag Business Program at Illinois College in Jacksonville, talks about the opportunities for young people in agriculture. Bill Zimmer, part of the Zimmer family that’s sold DeKalb corn for 85 years.

Aug 23
RFD Illinois August 22, 2023

Matt Kaye reports on trade woes in multiple markets. KJ Johnson previews the MAGIE Show this week. The IHSA/IPPA Pork & Pigskin’s challenge kicks off with the start of HS Football season. Recap of NASS weekly numbers and FarmWeek CropWatcher Mary Streitmatter. Eric Snodgrass, Nutrien Ag Solutions, on why this humidity isn't resulting in thunderstorms.

Aug 22
RFD Illinois August 21, 2023

AFBF’s Dave Solmonson on China Tariffs and WTO Compliance. State Ag Pest Survey Coordinator Kelly Estes on the final stretch of Insect Pressure. Trent Ford, state climatologist on this week’s heat. Maddox Reedy, Land of Lincoln steer owner.

Aug 21