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Nov 26, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Producers who update and refer to their budget throughout the year are among the most confident decision makers.

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Jul 1, 2019 | Crop Insurance

Knee High by Fourth of July? Some Fields Yet to Sprout

Prevented-plant claims expected to pass $1 billion mark.

Jun 27, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Make Adjustments Now to Optimize Profitability

Economists Brent Gloy and David Widmar outline the steps producers should take to identify the right adjustments for 2019.

Jun 25, 2019 | Crop Insurance

Slightly Lower Condition Ratings Take Center Stage

Like corn, soybean condition has deteriorated some in the past week.

Jun 24, 2019 | Crop Insurance

Earlier Haying, Grazing and Chopping Allowed, RMA Says

This change does not change what is considered an approved cover crop.

Jun 19, 2019 | Crop Insurance

Nebraska Farmers Get a Reporting Extension at FSA

This change does NOT affect reporting deadlines for crop insurance or for crops covered through FSA’s Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program.

Jun 18, 2019 | Crop Insurance

Planting Progress: What We Do - and Don't - Know

This week’s forecast for storms isn’t a harbinger of fast progress this week – and we are approaching the date when crops either get in the ground or go unplanted.

Jun 12, 2019 | Crop Insurance

Veteran Farmer and Rancher Crop Insurance Benefits Now Available

Here is what you need to know if you are a military veteran and farmer or rancher.

Jun 11, 2019 | Crop Insurance

Producers: Control What You Can Control

For those adversely impacted by weather, that means making the right financial decision for your operation during this late planting period. For all producers, it means keeping marketing top of mind to maximize profitability.

Jun 3, 2019 | Crop Insurance

Finally, Planting Progress

Planting has progressed. Get the latest on this week’s Crop Progress report.

May 30, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Understanding Luck vs. Good-Decision Making to Become a Better Farm Manager

“Good decisions can have bad outcomes,” says ag economist David Widmar, “and bad decisions can have good outcomes.”

May 29, 2019 | Crop Insurance

Weather Continues to Challenge U.S. Crops

With even fewer planting days last week, planting in our area remains well off pace in the latest USDA report on crop update.

May 21, 2019 | The Business of Agriculture

Business-First Operations Honor Families, Build Legacies

Jolene Brown, an Iowa farmer and professional speaker, takes families through the steps to building a legacy and a stronger family with a business-first operation.

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