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Estimated 2014 ARC-CO and PLC Payments

  • February 24, 2015
  • Gary Schnitkey

Release of 2014 county production data allows more precise estimates of 2014 Agricultural Risk coverage - county option (ARC-CO). In this article, maps show expected county payments for corn, soybeans,…
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What’s and When’s of Capital Purchases

  • February 20, 2015
  • Bradley L. Zwilling, Brandy M. Krapf, and Dwight D. Raab

Over the last ten years, we have seen higher crop prices, higher costs, and greater expense election limits. What has this done to capital purchases? To determine this, we looked…
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Weekly Farm Economics

Base Acre and Yield Decisions: Just Do It

  • February 10, 2015
  • Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess, Nick Paulson and Carl Zulauf

February 27th is the deadline for yield and base acre decisions under the 2014 Farm Bill. Informal reports suggest that relatively few farms have completed signup, leading to speculation that…
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Weekly Outlook

Beef Expansion Is Underway

  • February 2, 2015
  • Chris Hurt

The nation's cattle producers are expanding the herd at a somewhat faster rate than had been anticipated. In the semi-annual update of cattle numbers, USDA said that the total number…
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