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Current Corn Price Prospects

  • October 30, 2017
  • Todd Hubbs

December corn futures closed the week ending October 27 at $3.48 per bushel continuing a pattern over the last month of small deviations within a range between $3.45 and $3.55.…
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2017 Third Quarter RIN Update

  • October 27, 2017
  • Nick Paulson

Today's post provides the third quarter update on RIN generation for 2017. The previous 2017 RIN updates provided a summary of RIN generation through the first and second quarters of…
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Harvest Price Option: Historical Assessment

  • October 26, 2017
  • Carl Zulauf, Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess and Nick Paulson

HPO (harvest price option) crop insurance is popular with farmers but there have been several attempts to eliminate public subsidies for it. This article assesses HPO's historical performance in terms…
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Comparing ARC-CO and PLC Payments from 2014 to 2016

  • October 25, 2017
  • Nick Paulson, Jonathan Coppess, Gary Schnitkey and Carl Zulauf

The daily article from October 13, 2017 provided a comparison of ARC-CO and PLC payments for 2016 for corn and wheat. Today's article provides county level comparisons for the two…
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Soybean Acreage in 2018

  • October 23, 2017
  • Todd Hubbs

As harvest continues throughout the Corn Belt, we enter the time of year for speculation about the number of acres to be planted in the U.S. during the next crop…
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The Biodiesel Waiver Provision in the RFS

  • October 19, 2017
  • Jonathan Coppess and Scott Irwin

As discussed in the two previous articles, EPA has issued a Notice of Data Availability (NODA) seeking data and comment on potential reductions to the biomass-based diesel mandates. The third…
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U.S. Farm Sector Financial Performance

  • October 18, 2017
  • Michael Langemeier

Metrics that can be used to measure farm profitability include earnings before interest, taxes, and amortization (EBITA), net farm income, the operating profit margin ratio, return on assets, and return…
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Comparison of 2016 ARC-CO and PLC Payments

  • October 13, 2017
  • Nick Paulson, Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess and Carl Zulauf

The daily article from October 6, 2017 presents a summary of 2016 ARC-CO payments for corn, soybeans, and wheat. Today's article provides county level estimates of PLC payments for these…
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Outlook for 2017 ARC-CO Payments

  • October 10, 2017
  • Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess, Nick Paulson and Carl Zulauf

For those counties in which payments will be received, farmers and land owners will soon receive Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payments related to 2016 production.…
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2016 ARC-CO Payments

  • October 6, 2017
  • Nick Paulson, Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess and Carl Zulauf

The Farm Service Agency has released 2016 county yields, thereby providing all information needed to calculate Agricultural Risk Coverage - County Coverage (ARC-CO) payments. This article contains maps showing payments…
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US Agriculture Often Bears the Cost of Trade Disputes

  • October 4, 2017
  • Steve Burak, Kathy Baylis, and Jonathan Coppess

Potential trade disputes are approaching from all directions with significant implications for American agriculture. To the north and south, the US government is renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement…
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