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Do Big Corn Crops Always Get Bigger?

  • August 20, 2014
  • Scott Irwin, Darrel Good, and John Newton

The USDA's August Crop Production report forecast the 2014 U.S. average corn yield at 167.4 bushels per acre. That exceeds the previous record yield of 164.7 bushels in 2009 and…
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Farmland Price Outlook in 2014 and Beyond

  • August 19, 2014
  • Gary Schnitkey, Todd Kuethe and Bruce Sherrick

Recent commodity price declines have led to increasing concerns that farmland prices could decline as a result of potential decreases in income to farmland. Corn prices, for example, have decreased…
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Corn and Soybean Acreage

  • August 18, 2014
  • Darrel Good

The debate about the likely size of the USDA's final estimate of the 2014 U.S. average corn and soybean yields continues, with the market apparently anticipating that those estimates will…
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Prospects for Corn Consumption

  • August 11, 2014
  • Darrel Good

With expectations of a record large U.S. corn crop in 2014, market attention will soon shift to prospects for corn consumption. The market will follow a number of indicators of…
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Do Futures Forecast the Future?

  • August 7, 2014
  • Carl Zulauf, Nick Rettig, and Matt Roberts

A common presumption is that futures prices can predict future price, specifically the price during the last or delivery month of trading on a futures contract. This presumption has potential…
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Mid-Year RIN Update

  • August 6, 2014
  • Nick Paulson

Today's post provides an update on Renewable Identification Numbers by looking at updated estimates for RIN carry-in and generation numbers for 2014 through the first six months of the year.…
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Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) in Wheat

  • August 5, 2014
  • Gary Schnitkey and Nick Paulson

The Risk Management Agency recently released information necessary to calculate Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) premiums for wheat. In this article, the basics of SCO are illustrated with an example from…
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Where Will Beef Cows Expand?

  • August 4, 2014
  • Chris Hurt

It is getting to be a well repeated story. Beef cow numbers are at their lowest level since 1962. Cattle and feeder cattle prices are at record highs and feed…
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