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Nov 6, 2019 | Crop Insurance

The disruptions in propane supplies are compounding an already challenging growing season marked by late plantings and a delayed harvest.

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May 29, 2018 | Crop Insurance

Crop Update: From a Late Season to Ahead of Average

Drought, however, remains a concern in the Southern Plains and the Dakotas.

May 15, 2018 | Crop Insurance

Full Speed Ahead?

The latest on crop progress and weather forecasts.

May 8, 2018 | Crop Insurance

Planting: Good Progress but Still Behind

“As you hear discussions of yields, keep in mind the average for corn is nearly 170 bu., and a range of 160 to 180 is possible,” says Purdue’s David Widmar. “The high end of that range would be devastating to markets.”

May 2, 2018 | Crop Insurance

Slow Start to 2018 Season; Prevent-plant and Replant Odds Increasing

This timely reminder takes you through the steps you must follow in order to claim crop insurance.

Apr 25, 2018 | Crop Insurance

Will We See a Repeat of 2014’s Growing Season?

But the lesson from 2014 is that a slow spring does not necessarily mean reduced production.

Nov 14, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Crop Update: Harvest Chugs Slowly Along

Meanwhile, Nebraska and South Dakota farmers have finished planting winter wheat.

Oct 17, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Crop Update: Late-season Rains Help Some, Hurt Others

Steve Johnson with Iowa State University on the options facing growers in high-moisture areas.

Oct 11, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Crop Update: Corn and Soybeans Continue to Lag Average Harvested Levels

Even though there are ample 2016 supplies on hand to satisfy short-term demand, the harvest delays could cause some issues at elevators and on transport lines.

Oct 2, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Crops Continue to Lag; Condition Little Changed: Crop Progress Report

Looking ahead, a new forecast from the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center raises the odds of a La Nina this fall and winter.

Sep 25, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Crop Update: Variability is High this Year

The September supply/demand drew skepticism from many regarding projected yields. Can corn make USDA’s 169.9 or soybeans, 49.9 bu.?

Sep 12, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Crop Update: Crops Irregular Heading into Harvest

USDA is forecasting 14.2 billion bushels of corn and 4.43 billion bushels of soybeans.

Aug 29, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Crop Update: Market is in Big Crop Mode

The December corn futures contract has fallen and November soybeans also are well below the levels they attained early in the growing season.

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