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Crop Insurance Decisions for 2017

  • February 28, 2017
  • Bruce Sherrick and Gary Schnitkey

The price discovery period used to determined projected prices and volatility factors for federally sponsored corn and soybean crop insurance products for 2017 is nearly completed. For the majority of…
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Weekly Outlook

Hog Prices Outperform Expectations

  • February 27, 2017
  • Chris Hurt

The pork industry outlook has experienced a major shift to the upside. Pork producers are pleased to see 2017 hog prices higher than expected. The low point for the industry…
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Gardner Policy Series

Estimated 2016 ARC-CO Payments

  • February 24, 2017
  • Gary Schnitkey, Nick Paulson, Jonathan Coppess and Carl Zulauf

On February 23rd, the National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) released county yields for the 2016 crop year. With these yield estimates, fairly accurate estimates of 2016 Agricultural Risk Coverage at…
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2017 Corn Prospects

  • February 20, 2017
  • Todd Hubbs

The time of year to develop corn balance sheet projections for the upcoming crop year is upon us. As we approach the halfway point of the 2016-17 marketing year, decision…
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Agricultural Debt Continues to Increase

  • February 17, 2017
  • Brandy Krapf, Dwight Raab and Bradley Zwilling

Agricultural debt on a nominal basis in Illinois has been increasing since 1991. Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Illinois Farm Business Farm Management (FBFM) are shown…
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Weekly Outlook

2017 Soybean Prospects

  • February 13, 2017
  • Todd Hubbs

As we approach the midway point of the 2016-17 marketing year, planting and new crop marketing decisions are being made for the next marketing year. This is the time of…
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Weekly Farm Economics

Crop Insurance Premiums for 2017

  • February 7, 2017
  • Gary Schnitkey and Bruce Sherrick

Many producers are seriously evaluating their crop insurance budgets and coverage options in light of changing prices and premiums. Crop insurance premiums are determined each year based largely on several…
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Gardner Policy Series

Tax Reform and Trade Policy

  • February 2, 2017
  • Kathy Baylis and Jonathan Coppess

President Trump has returned trade policies and related taxes to the spotlight. Last Thursday, the Trump administration floated the idea of a 20% border tax adjustment or a tariff on…
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