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Farmers who had low yields or prevent plant acres in 2019 may have enrolled in Agricultural Risk Coverage at the Individual level (ARC-IC) on select farms for the 2019 and 2020 program years. Farm program payments for the 2019 crop…
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There is a great deal of risk associated with production agriculture.  Much of the management of the farm enterprise is oriented to mitigating or minimizing the various forms of risk present.  Risk in production agriculture is associated with the uncertainty…
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This year agritourism looks more different than ever before. Apple picking in a mask. Pumpkin patches with one-way signs. Pick up produce boxes instead of browsing at the farmers’ market. Socially distanced wine tastings. All across the state, Illinois agritourism…
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This article examines the changing distribution of world corn production since 2000.  Data are from the US Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agriculture Service’s Production, Supply, and Distribution data base.  This article is a companion to the farmdoc daily articles of…
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There has been a great deal of innovation in the crop insurance industry since the early 1990s. New products have been introduced, subsidy rates have been increased, and farmers have increased crop insurance use. We summarize trends in crop insurance…
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China’s corn imports have been a topic of intense speculation since the mid-1990s.  China is forecast to import a historical high of 512 million bushels during the 2020 crop year, prompting the question: “Will China become a consistent, growing importer…
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Corn tarspot, caused by the obligate fungal pathogen Phyllachora maydis, caused significant losses for many producers in 2018. If you recall, that season was characterized by persistent wet weather from August through September in many parts of the Midwest. This…
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