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Revised Estimates of 2017 ARC-CO Payments

  • May 30, 2018
  • Gary Schnitkey, Nick Paulson, Jonathan Coppess and Carl Zulauf

In recent months, forecasts of 2017 Market Year Average prices have increased. Higher MYA prices will result in lower 2017 payments for the Agricultural Risk Coverage at the County level…
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Gardner Policy Series

2018 First Quarter RIN Update

  • May 23, 2018
  • Nick Paulson

Today’s article provides the first quarterly update on RIN generation for 2018.  Generation figures and projections are based on available data from EPA’s EMTS through April of 2018, with annual…
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2017 – Characteristics of Higher Profit Farms

  • May 18, 2018
  • Brandy Krapf, Dwight Raab, and Bradley Zwilling

This article uses 2017 data from Illinois Farm Business Farm Management to highlight selected differences between the highest profit grain farms (high one-third) and lower profitability grain farms (low one-third). …
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Pre-Harvest Hedging and Revenue Protection

  • May 15, 2018
  • Gary Schnitkey and Jonathan Coppess

Prudent pre-harvest hedging reduces risk, particularly if it is done in conjunction with the purchase of revenue crop insurance having the Harvest Price Option (HPO) option. Recent criticism of crop…
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The Rise in Implement Dealer Financing

  • May 9, 2018
  • Todd Kuethe, Jennifer Ifft, and Kevin Patrick

Farmers rely on external debt capital to finance their capital base, to conduct marketing and production activities, and to provide a valuable source of liquidity in responding to risk. Farmers…
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Weekly Outlook

Soybean Crush Continues Strength

  • May 7, 2018
  • Todd Hubbs

Soybean crush levels picked up substantially over the last few months due to strong crush margins. Driven by production issues in Argentina, the increase in crush margin recently is attributed…
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What is My Sustainable Growth Rate?

  • May 4, 2018
  • Michael Langemeier and Michael Boehlje

There are numerous motivations for farms to expand their businesses. Even in today's environment of tight margins, many farms are exploring expansion options. When exploring these options, it is important…
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Gardner Policy Series

Continued Review of Fixed Price Farm Policy

  • May 3, 2018
  • Jonathan Coppess, Gary Schnitkey, Nick Paulson and Carl Zulauf

This article continues the discussion of the long-running farm policy that triggers payments to farmers using crop prices fixed in statute. The previous articles looked at historic target price policy…
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