Focus on Ag http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/70021/feed en Future challenges for crop insurance http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/future-challenges-crop-insurance <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The Obama Administration and some members of Congress are currently proposing some major changes in the federal crop insurance program. At the same time, other members of Congress and agricultural leaders are stressing the need to maintain a strong crop insurance program as the centerpiece of a risk protection program for U.S. crop producers.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/future-challenges-crop-insurance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/future-challenges-crop-insurance#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Crop Focus on Ag Tue, 24 Mar 2015 21:09:00 +0000 96601 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com National Ag Week 2015 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/national-ag-week-2015 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>National Ag Week is being celebrated March 15-21 all across the United States, with Wednesday, March 18, designated as National Ag Day. As we celebrate National Ag Week, it is a good time to reflect on all the traditions and advancements that help make the U.S. agriculture industry second to none! Here are some interesting statistics about today’s agriculture industry.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/national-ag-week-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/national-ag-week-2015#comments Corn Soybeans Crops Focus on Ag Tue, 17 Mar 2015 19:45:00 +0000 96471 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Less than a month to make decisions on new farm programs http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/less-month-make-decisions-new-farm-programs <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Most farm operators have been contemplating farm program choices for the new farm bill for the past 6-8 months; however, decision time has now arrived. Producers have until March 31, 2015, to complete their farm program choice at local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/less-month-make-decisions-new-farm-programs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/less-month-make-decisions-new-farm-programs#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Farm Bill Farm Programs Focus on Ag Tue, 10 Mar 2015 20:20:00 +0000 96311 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 2014 Farm program payments become clearer http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-farm-program-payments-become-clearer <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the 2014 estimated average county yields for corn, soybeans and other crops in late February. These yields will offer a pretty good estimate of where final Ag Risk Coverage-County (ARC-CO) farm program payments are likely to end up for the 2014 crop year. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-farm-program-payments-become-clearer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-farm-program-payments-become-clearer#comments Corn Soybeans Farm Bill Farm Programs Focus on Ag Tue, 03 Mar 2015 20:21:00 +0000 96131 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Time to finalize 2015 crop insurance decisions http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/time-finalize-2015-crop-insurance-decisions <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Profit margins for crop production this year are the tightest that they have been for several years, which makes 2015 crop insurance decisions extremely important. Many farm operators are looking for ways to reduce their crop operating expenses for 2015; however, cutting back on crop insurance coverage may not be a wise decision.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/time-finalize-2015-crop-insurance-decisions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/time-finalize-2015-crop-insurance-decisions#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Crop Focus on Ag Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:48:00 +0000 96051 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com New crop insurance options for 2015 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/new-crop-insurance-options-2015 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Profit margins for crop production this year are the tightest that they have been for several years, which makes the 2015 crop insurance decisions even more critical. Producers have several crop insurance policy options to choose from, including yield protection (YP) policies and revenue protection (RP and RPE) policies, as well as several other group insurance policy options. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/new-crop-insurance-options-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/new-crop-insurance-options-2015#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Crop Crop insurance Focus on Ag Tue, 17 Feb 2015 18:17:00 +0000 95921 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Farm program deadlines approaching http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/farm-program-deadlines-approaching <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The deadline to finalize decisions on base acre reallocation and updating payment yields at local Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices is Feb 27. The deadline for producers to complete the farm program choice on each farm unit, and potentially on each eligible crop, is March 31. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/farm-program-deadlines-approaching" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/farm-program-deadlines-approaching#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Farm Bill Farm Programs Focus on Ag Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:05:00 +0000 95791 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 8 Tips for risk management in 2015 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/8-tips-risk-management-2015 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>It appears we are definitely likely to see much tighter profit margins in corn and soybean production in 2015 and beyond, as compared to profit levels in recent years. These tighter margins can be manageable for farm operators that pay attention to farm operating expenses, land costs, overhead costs, etc., and have a good handle on what their breakeven market price levels are. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/8-tips-risk-management-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/8-tips-risk-management-2015#comments Corn Soybeans Management Focus on Ag Mon, 02 Feb 2015 22:19:00 +0000 95701 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Cash flow planning with PLC, ARC-CO, ARC-IC http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/cash-flow-planning-plc-arc-co-arc-ic <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Those currently involved in doing cash flow planning may wonder what amount, if any, can be included in a cash flow projection for estimated farm program payments from the 2014 corn and soybean crop, and possibly for the 2015 crop year. There are many variables that factor in to the calculation of potential farm program payments; however, by knowing a few of the basics, a person can make a reasonable estimate of potential payments for 2014, as well as possibly for 2015.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/cash-flow-planning-plc-arc-co-arc-ic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/cash-flow-planning-plc-arc-co-arc-ic#comments Corn Soybeans Disaster Farm Bill Focus on Ag Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:05:00 +0000 95621 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com USDA report recap, January 2015 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-report-recap-january-2015 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>As expected, the USDA Crop Production Report released on Jan. 12 indicates that both the total U.S. corn production and soybean production for 2014 were at record levels. The final 2014 national average yields per acre for both corn and soybeans were also at record levels. Following are some highlights of the recent USDA Crop Production Report, as well as the latest USDA Supply and Demand (WADSE) Report.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-report-recap-january-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-report-recap-january-2015#comments Corn Marketing Soybeans USDA Focus on Ag Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:59:00 +0000 95501 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com