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Weekly Farm Economics

The Danger of Refinancing

  • August 30, 2016
  • Gary Schnitkey

Many farms have depleted working capital in the past several years. Now operating loan balances may exist that cannot be paid down with this year's cash returns from farming operations.…
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Will Crop Insurance Pay in 2016?

  • August 24, 2016
  • Gary Schnitkey

With harvest approaching, questions on whether crop insurance will make payments this year are beginning to arise, particularly for corn where the prospects are for the harvest price to be…
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Corn and Soybean Storage

  • August 22, 2016
  • Darrel Good

The current USDA projections indicate that U.S. corn and soybean supplies will be record large for the 2016-17 marketing year that begins on September 1. The corn supply (production, carryover…
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2015 Estimated ARC-CO Payments

  • August 19, 2016
  • Gary Schnitkey, Nick Paulson, Jonathan Coppess and Carl Zulauf

Payments for the 2015 Agricultural Risk Coverage at the county level (ARC-CO) program will provide much needed funds for many farmers with short cash flows. At this point, not all…
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Farm Growth: Challenges and Opportunities

  • August 5, 2016
  • Michael Boehlje and Michael Langemeier

Farm size and growth are often discussed in the context of economies of size. Previous research suggests that the average cost curve in production agriculture is downward sloping or at…
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U.S. Feeding of Wheat

  • August 4, 2016
  • Carl Zulauf

Due to the low price of wheat and heavy late season rains in several world production areas, notably France and other parts of Europe; the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)…
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2016 Mid-Year RIN Update

  • August 3, 2016
  • Nick Paulson

Today's article provides the second quarterly update on Renewable Identification Number (RIN) generation in 2016 based on available data from EPA's EMTS through the first 6 months of 2016. Previous…
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