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The Farm Service Agency (FSA) released 2019 county yields used in calculating 2019 Agricultural Risk Coverage at the county level (ARC-CO) payments. The primary data source for calculating FSA yields is now crop insurance data from the Risk Management Agency…
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In 2019, the total noncapital living expenses of 1,257 farm families enrolled in the Illinois Farm Business Farm Management Association (FBFM) averaged $78,894–or about $6,600 a month for each family (Figure 1). This average was about 1.1 percent higher than…
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Although perhaps not as challenging as 2019, the 2020 Illinois growing season weather was remarkable. From late spring and early fall freezes, to wet-dry-wet swings, to drought that visited most of the state, and even a derecho, in this article…
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With the 2019 marketing year average (MYA) prices for corn and soybeans finalized as of the end of September, and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) recently releasing actual county yields for the 2019 program year, ARC-CO payments can now be…
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Acreage decisions in Illinois are coming into focus for the 2021 planting year. Corn, soybeans, and wheat are the predominant crops in Illinois. Historic acreages in Illinois suggests that an increase in soybean acres will come with a reduction in…
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This year has exhibited wide swings in commodity prices, drastically changing net return prospects.  Earlier papers examined net return prospects in early January and early May. This article provides updated feeding cost of gain, breakeven prices, and net return estimates…
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The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released a report that reviewed USDA’s 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) and payments. USDA has reported that it made $14.495 billion in payments to farmers as of August 31, 2020. This article reviews…
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