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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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Gardner Policy Series

Premium Subsidy and Insured U.S. Acres

  • March 15, 2018
  • Carl Zulauf Gary Schnitkey, Jonathan Coppess and Nick Paulson

Cost of Federal Crop Insurance is an on-going farm policy issue. President Trump proposed several changes to reduce its cost in his Fiscal Year 2019 budget. The changes include reducing…
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Weekly Farm Economics

Projected and Harvest Prices in 2017

  • November 28, 2017
  • Gary Schnitkey

Harvest prices are key variables for determining payments on crop insurance contracts. In Midwestern states, 2017 harvest prices are $3.49 per bushel for corn and $9.75 per bushel for soybeans.…
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Gardner Policy Series

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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Weekly Farm Economics

Margin Protection Insurance

  • September 8, 2017
  • Gary Schnitkey

Margin Protection is a new insurance product available for insuring corn and soybeans in Illinois. Some farmers may find Margin Protection beneficial. Farmers who purchase Area Risk Protection (ARP) may…
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Consider Using ARP for Soybeans

  • January 24, 2017
  • Gary Schnitkey

This year, downside price risk on soybeans is a larger concern than usual. For those farmers who are particularly concerned about downside price risk, Area Risk Protection (ARP) at the…
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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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