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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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Apr 24, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Will Weather Delays Lead to More Acreage Shifts?

The markets may react to planting delays – but keep in mind that early worries don’t necessarily match up with final acreage.

Mar 27, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Conjecture Regarding Wheat Freeze Damage Overblown?

While the last frost date hasn’t past, cold is less concerning than other risks facing Nebraska farmers with winter wheat in the ground.

Feb 20, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Crop Insurance Guarantee Check-in

Halfway through the crop insurance price discovery month (as of Feb. 17), both corn and soybeans were averaging slightly above last year’s crop insurance guarantees.

Feb 10, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Solutions 2.0: 2017 GrowingOn Meetings Focused More on Marketing

Accepting the fact that the United States and the world have ample supplies of major crops, this year’s GrowingOn® meetings shifted emphasis.

Jan 25, 2017 | Crop Insurance

When the Pennies Matter

“It would be foolish to invest in land, machinery, fertilizer, seed, fuel, etc., without the protection of crop insurance,” said one customer. “And you have to be prepared to lock in a profit when you can. Crop insurance is the risk management tool that helps you do that.”

Nov 14, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Soybeans Hit 97 and Corn 93 Percent Harvested

It’s the hope of basis improvement that has many farmers storing both corn and beans this year.

Nov 7, 2016 | Crop Insurance

As Harvest Winds Down, Most are Thankful for Good Yields

Widespread crop insurance indemnities are unlikely.

Oct 25, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Some Producers are “Busheling Through” a Second Year in a Row

Area growers welcome one challenge to their slower-than-average harvest – more than the average amount of grain to handle.

Oct 4, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Crop Conditions Little Changed; Some Quality Issues Possible

USDA’s weekly crop progress report for October 2 held no surprises for the market. Once again, the 18-state ratings moved little.

Sep 27, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Slow and Steady

With the Climate Prediction Center revising its El Nino/La Nina expectation for this fall and winter, there is little reason to expect anything less than a bumper crop.

Sep 19, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Prepping for a Big Crop

Many marketing advisors are recommending storing corn because the market offers “carry” – better prices in the future. Soybeans, on the other hand, are offering little incentive to store at this time.

Sep 12, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Record Production On Tap

“Producers will need to ramp up their marketing,” says Steven Johnson, Iowa State University farm and agriculture business management specialist.

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