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February 26 IAITC FarmWeek Article

Monday, February 26, 2018

February 26, 2018



Another in the series of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom non-fiction text examples to be used in your classroom.  Remember, these will be available every MONDAY afternoon that FarmWeek is published during the school year.


Questions about this can be directed to Kevin Daugherty, Education Director of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom at [email protected]


**Reminder these questions are designed to use with the on-line version of FarmWeek.


Note, by request of teachers we have included the answers to the questions immediately following the questions.   

EQUAL USDA predicts nationwide parity of corn, soybean acres

  1.  What is parity? (Equivalent, Equal)
  2. What is so important about the parity in corn and soybeans at a national level? (first time ever that corn and soybean acres match.  It is also a slight decline in each crop)
  3. Given low corn prices relative to the slightly higher soybean prices, last year there was a significant jump in soybean acres.  What is one reason that corn holding on? (Rotational considerations after more soybean acres last year)
  4. The prediction is soybean acres will match or exceed corn acres for much of the next decade.  To what do you attribute the increased worldwide demand for soybeans? (Answers will vary but should include approximately 75% of soybeans world wide are used for animal feed, and it is an excellent source of protein, as nations continue to develop, more protein (both plant and animal protein is needed) and soy is an answer)
  5. Less corn and soy are predicted to be planted this year than last.  What are other acres being planted with?  (5.6 percent more cotton and 1.1 percent more wheat)
  6. “Producers are more vulnerable with low prices,” 
    1. Define vulnerable.  (Susceptible, weak, defenseless)
    2. Lower prices have led to borrowing at the same time input costs are rising.   Form your prediction for the upcoming farm year outlook.   (answers will vary)


For additional information, consider page 11, and Illinois Reads heading to DuQuoin! And investigate the commentary on page 16 about youth voting and BEEF and the Winter Olympics. 


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