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Jul 6, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Crop Progress: It’s the Time of Year for Worries

The July weather outlook could further support spring wheat prices as harvest approaches.

Jun 27, 2017 | Crop Insurance

South Dakota Crop Conditions Deteriorate

The 18-states rating is unchanged, however South Dakota has seen deterioration in conditions across several crops.

Jun 26, 2017 | Crop Insurance

What Yield Are You Using in Your Planning?

Despite large old-crop stocks, traders are watching and reacting to growing-season weather. Planalytics, a weather intelligence company, shared its expectations last week for the remaining growing season. See the highlights from Planalytics’ forecast.

Jun 20, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Little Change in Crop Ratings as Corn and Beans Progress: Crop Progress Report

Parts of South Dakota, however, are struggling with dry conditions and its reflected in the latest crop progress report.

Jun 13, 2017 | Crop Insurance

South Dakota is Feeling the Heat: Crop Progress Report

We’ve already seen some volatility on wet weather and conjecture about replant and prevent-plant acres. The next four to six weeks are the makers or breakers for corn yields.

Jun 5, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Corn Crop Condition Improved; Soybean Progress Behind: Crop Progress Report

The weather forecast holds good news for these states, though.

May 30, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Initial Crop Condition Falls Short of Last Year: Crop Progress Report

There is more of the same on tap for the Corn Belt, with forecasts favoring below average temps and above average rainfall.

May 22, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Planting Progress: One More Week to Finish

But weather could be a factor in the final dash.

May 16, 2017 | Crop Insurance

Planting Progress: Catch up on Acreage, Lag on Emergence

A fuller picture of planting progress emerges when acreage intentions is taken into account.

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.

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