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Nov 25, 2020 | Crop Insurance

Winter wheat faces tough growing conditions. Producers might be hesitant to market their crop, even during good rallies. That’s where Revenue Protection comes in.

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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.

Sep 6, 2016 | Crop Insurance

A Tidal Wave of Grain on the Way?

Corn condition in the 18 states USDA reports slipped one point in the week ended Sept. 6 – not enough to elicit even a yawn from the market.

Aug 29, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Crop Ratings High; It Will Take a Surprise to Give Bulls Any Fodder

USDA’s week crop update continued to deliver bearish news in the market and time is running out for weather to change the supply side.

Aug 9, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Corn Rating Inches Lower; Soybeans Improve

It’s a small shift but USDA’s 18-state corn condition rating slipped from 76 percent good/excellent to 74 percent and the poor/very poor rating worsened by one point.

Aug 2, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Corn and Bean Condition Little Changed, But Heat is Back

The heat has returned, but it is unlikely to have much impact on corn yields.

Jul 26, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Corn and Beans Carry On [and Stay Calm]

South Dakota reported a substantial drop in the amount of corn rated as good to very good and a bit of a drop in soybean conditions. Otherwise, crop conditions in FCSAmerica states remain unchanged from previous weeks.

Jul 19, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Half of Corn Silking in Heat

In the week ended July 17, USDA’s 18-state corn condition held steady at 76 percent good/very good and five percent poor/very poor.

Jul 18, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Wheat LDPs Kick In For Some

When Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL) were authorized in the 1985 farm bill, the intent was to provide financing at harvest.

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