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Is The Cattle Market Too Cautious?

  • April 30, 2012
  • Chris Hurt

The beef industry was stung by two negative events in the past two months that have left market traders uncertain about their longer term impacts. For now, market participants are…
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Payments from a 70% Yield Insurance

  • April 24, 2012
  • Gary Schnitkey

In an article entitled Giving it Away Free, the Environmental Working Group proposes that Federal crop insurance programs be replaced with a yield insurance at a 70% coverage level. The…
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Has the 2011 Corn Crop Been Rationed?

  • April 16, 2012
  • Darrel Good

Corn prices declined substantially over the past week. May and December 2012 futures have declined by $.26 and $.22, respectively, following the release of the USDA's WASDE report on April…
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Pork Profit Outlook Gets Trimmed

  • April 9, 2012
  • Chris Hurt

The nation's pork producers are largely holding back on expansion even though the industry returned to profitability in the spring of 2011. However, higher feed prices in the past few…
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Winter Precipitation and Corn Yield

  • April 2, 2012
  • Scott Irwin and Darrel Good

Due to the very warm temperatures in the winter of 2011-12, we recently examined the relationship between average winter temperatures and average temperatures the following summer and the relationship between…
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