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Jul 16, 2019 | Crop Insurance

Painfully Slow Crop Progress

With planting finally ended, producers now face a waiting game, with crop progress well behind normal and weather not entirely cooperating.

Jun 25, 2019 | Crop Insurance

Slightly Lower Condition Ratings Take Center Stage

Like corn, soybean condition has deteriorated some in the past week.

Jun 18, 2019 | Crop Insurance

Planting Progress: What We Do - and Don't - Know

This week’s forecast for storms isn’t a harbinger of fast progress this week – and we are approaching the date when crops either get in the ground or go unplanted.

May 29, 2019 | Crop Insurance

Weather Continues to Challenge U.S. Crops

With even fewer planting days last week, planting in our area remains well off pace in the latest USDA report on crop update.

Sep 5, 2018 | Crop Insurance

Steady as She Goes

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

Aug 20, 2018 | Crop Insurance

Condition Inches Downward; Reports Not All Rosy

Day one tour results were startling: 100-bu./acre range of estimates.

Aug 14, 2018 | Crop Insurance

Crops Are Rushing to Maturity – and USDA Sees Strong Yields

We have the latest on the progress and condition of corn, bean, wheat and more.

Jul 31, 2018 | Crop Insurance

Early Harvest in the Crosshairs?

We have the latest on weather conditions for the remainder of the growing season.

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.

Jun 26, 2018 | Crop Insurance

Rain Makes Grain

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

Jun 5, 2018 | Crop Insurance

Planting is Virtually Over; Crop Ratings are Generally Good for Spring Crops

Concerns about drought remain in the Dakotas and Kansas and Nebraska.

May 8, 2018 | Crop Insurance

Planting: Good Progress but Still Behind

“As you hear discussions of yields, keep in mind the average for corn is nearly 170 bu., and a range of 160 to 180 is possible,” says Purdue’s David Widmar. “The high end of that range would be devastating to markets.”

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