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Feb 08, 2016

7 considerations for choosing the best crop insurance in 20162

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
Dec 08, 2015

Fine-tune profit margins for 2016

Looking for ways to reduce or control direct and overhead expenses, including land rental costs, is also a key to improving profit potential for....More
Dec 01, 2015

Understanding the TPP trade agreement

The recent Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement would reduce more than 18,000 current tariffs that inhibit American products from being exported to....More
Nov 24, 2015

Potential recalculation of ARC-CO payments

Farm operators who have had their 2014 ARC-CO payments negatively affected by the choice of their FSA administrative county have until Feb. 1, 2016,....More
Nov 17, 2015

USDA increases expected 2015 crop production

In most instances, when USDA projects a large crop for a given year, it usually gets even bigger as the crop is being harvested. This was certainly....More
Nov 10, 2015

Caution advised on high land rental rates

Two factors are leading some farm operators to be overly optimistic about crop income expectations for 2016, and is also resulting in some landlords....More
Nov 03, 2015

Crop insurance payments less likely in 2015

As the 2015 corn and soybean harvest season is wrapping up, some producers have wondered if there will be any 2015 crop insurance payments, given the....More
Oct 27, 2015

Clarifying 2014 ARC-CO payments

The first confusion surrounding ARC-CO payments is why producers in one county get the maximum payment for a crop for the 2014 crop year, and....More
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