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Sep 13, 2021 | Crop Insurance

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Dec 19, 2017 | Crop Insurance

What’s Your Storage Strategy?

Three factors to consider as you review your marketing strategy for your 2017 grain.

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.

Aug 16, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Crop Markets Are Responding Negatively to USDA Reports

The Climate Prediction Center’s outlook the coming week supports the bears.

Jul 31, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Crop Progress: Northern Plains Drought Spreading into Corn Belt

Important crop insurance reminder: Call your agent before chopping corn.

Jul 18, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Crop Progress: Weather Continues to Worry Traders

However, one key factor could determine how much and how long prices might rally on weather worries.

Jul 11, 2017 | Crop Insurance

USDA’s Crop Progress Report Provided Fodder for Crop Bulls

USDA’s reported soil moisture readings for South Dakota, Nebraska and Wyoming are concerning, with the weather outlook through much of July providing more cause for concern.

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