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The Enhanced Coverage Option (ECO) is a new supplemental insurance program introduced this year, providing county coverage from 90% or 95% coverage level down to 86%. The Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) is another county-based policy that can be used, with…
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Enhanced Coverage Option (ECO) became available as an add-on to a farm-level crop insurance product in 2021. While available for other plans, we focus on Revenue Protection (RP) in this article. Farmers who purchase Revenue Protection (RP) now have the…
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The ad hoc Market Facilitation Program (MFP) compensated farms for the estimated loss of exports due to retaliatory tariffs placed on US farm exports by other countries in response to tariffs the US imposed on their exports to the US.…
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Several issues related to the March 31st USDA Prospective Plantings report have been examined in recent farmdoc daily articles. These include the historically large size of the market surprise for combined corn and soybean planted acreage in last month’s report,…
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For 2020, the state of Illinois had an average soybean yield of 60 bushels per acre and an average corn yield of 192 bushels per acre. Illinois’ exceptional soybean and corn yields since the 2012 drought have caused large increases…
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Introduction Spring planting continues across the Midwest United States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported corn plantings as a percentage of planting expectations of 17 percent for the week of April 25, 2021. Below average late-April temperatures slowed planting…
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The Growing Climate Solutions Act, initially drafted in 2020, was reintroduced to the Senate on April 20, 2021. The bill cleared the Senate Agriculture Committee today, April 22, 2021, paving the way to move to the Senate floor. Amid numerous…
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