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Sep 13, 2021 | Crop Insurance

Margin Protection reduces risk better than any other subsidized product on the market, especially for those whose yields are consistent with or higher than the county in which they farm.

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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.

Jul 12, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Crop Conditions Steady; Prices Firm After Supply/Demand

The latest on crop conditions and the market’s response to today’s USDA supply/demand report.

Jul 6, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Corn Condition Stable, Soybeans Slip

The latest on crop conditions as higher temperatures return to our region.

Jul 5, 2016 | Crop Insurance

La Niña: A threat to crops?

La Niña, the cool-water alter ego of El Niño, already is arising from the depths of the Pacific. Producers in the Corn Belt will be among those feeling the impact.

Jun 27, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Corn Crop Off to a Good Start: Future Uncertain

Producers should brace for a hotter and drier than normal summer, with La Niña ramping up as early as July. This and more from one Bloomberg ag analyst.

Mar 18, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Solutions Rang Home at 2016 GrowingOn Meetings

The focus of FCSAmerica’s 2016 GrowingOn® meetings was to provide producers with solutions to tight or negative cash flow situations.

Mar 10, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Crop Insurance Crunch Time is Here

Some producers are looking at changing coverage levels with an eye to cost savings. But be sure you understand the impact on your coverage, how that affects your marketing plan and possible impacts on your cash-flow and balance sheet.

Mar 2, 2016 | Crop Insurance

Whole Farm Revenue Protection: Getting Down to the Wire

If you’re among the producers who could benefit from WFR, don’t miss the March 15 deadline.

Dec 18, 2015 | Crop Insurance

ARC Payments Again for 2015; Less Likely in 2016

It will take a 2015 corn price of at least $5.18 or more and soybeans $11.30 or more to avoid a dropping price guarantee in 2016, says Brent Gloy at Purdue University.

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