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Apr 05, 2016

Surprising USDA reports

On March 31, 2016, USDA released the Prospective Plantings Report, as well as the Quarterly Grain Stocks Report. These were very highly anticipated....More
Mar 29, 2016

Understanding the difference in 2015 ARC-CO payments

Many producers are having difficulty understanding why there is such a wide variation in the estimated 2015 ARC-CO payments from county to county,....More
Mar 21, 2016

2016 Custom farm rates hold steady

The 2016 custom farming rates for corn and soybean production declined about 5 percent compared to a year earlier. In addition to the decline in fuel....More
Mar 15, 2016

Agriculture stats for National Ag Week1

National Ag Week is March 13-19 across the United States, and March 15, is National Ag Day. To help celebrate, enjoy some statistics about today’s....More
Mar 08, 2016

Final crop insurance decisions must be made by March 15

March 15 is the deadline to purchase crop insurance for the 2016 crop year for corn and soybeans. USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) recently....More
Mar 01, 2016

Estimated corn and soybean ARC-CO payments for 2015

Many producers are now wondering what the 2015 ARC-CO payments will be, which will be paid in October 2016, given that average corn and soybean price....More
Feb 16, 2016

With low prices, crop insurance is a risk management tool

Due to the current tight margins in crop production for the 2016 crop year, some farmers are contemplating reducing crop insurance coverage to save....More
Feb 08, 2016

7 considerations for choosing the best crop insurance in 20161

March 15 is the deadline to purchase crop insurance for the 2016 crop year. Profit margins for crop production this year are the tightest they have....More
Feb 02, 2016

Adjusting to lower crop prices in 2016

The projected cash corn price for the 2015 crop, which is now in storage, is expected to remain at fairly modest levels until next summer, and....More
Jan 27, 2016

Will low crop prices increase CRP acres?

There appears to be more interest in the CRP enrollment in 2016, due to the current lower crop prices and reduced farm profitability. FSA will rank....More
Jan 12, 2016

5 strategies for risk management on the farm in 2016

Projected profit margins for 2016 crop production are still below breakeven levels for many producers. Here are some financial strategies for farm....More
Jan 05, 2016

2015 ARC-CO payments will vary

A very high percentage of crop producers in the U.S. are enrolled in the county yield-based Ag Risk Coverage (ARC-CO) farm program choice on their....More
Dec 28, 2015

Farming in 2016: Land values, farm program payments, cash flow, management strategies

As we end 2015, many farmers are focusing on cash flow strategies for 2016, wondering what the future holds for land values, cash rental rates, and....More
Dec 22, 2015

2015 Agriculture review, part 2: Input costs, grain prices and avian flu

This is the second of a two-part article highlighting what happened agriculturally in 2015. Last week’s article provided a review of 2015 crop....More
Dec 14, 2015

2015 Agriculture review, part 1: Crop production and weather

Crop growing conditions in much of the Upper Midwest were almost ideal throughout much of the growing season. Conditions were not nearly as favorable....More
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