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Jul 23, 2019 | Crop Insurance

Crop Progress and Condition Remain a Challenge

Grain Sorghum, on the other hand, is enjoying better ratings than recent past years.

Oct 10, 2018 | Crop Insurance

Season Ends Much as It Started: Wet

Slowed field work is narrowing the gap between this year’s progress and the five-year average.

Sep 5, 2018 | Crop Insurance

Steady as She Goes

Crop conditions continue to favor one of the best harvest on record.

Jul 24, 2018 | Crop Insurance

Crop Development Continues Ahead of Average; Condition Slips

Crop conditions, however, have deteriorated some. This and more in the latest crop progress report.

Jul 10, 2018 | Crop Insurance

Double the Usual Corn Silking

With more than a third of the crop silking, USDA rates three quarters of the crop in good/excellent condition. Soybeans don’t look shabby either: 71 percent rates the top two categories.

Jun 26, 2018 | Crop Insurance

Rain Makes Grain

Corn condition exceeds the past four years and soybean condition matches 2014 and 2016.

Jun 18, 2018 | Crop Insurance

Spring Crop Ratings Continue Strong

Call your crop insurance officer as soon as you detect a loss, keep records by section and don’t commingle old-crop and new-crop before having measurements taken.

Apr 25, 2018 | Crop Insurance

Will We See a Repeat of 2014’s Growing Season?

But the lesson from 2014 is that a slow spring does not necessarily mean reduced production.

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.

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.

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.

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