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Planting Decision Model

With this program, the user can (1) estimate the costs of planting corn and soybeans by planting date, (2) estimate the net returns from replanting, (3) prevented planting payments, and (4) compare crop rotations.

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Corn and Soybean Crops Move Towards the Finish Line

After the worst start to a cropping season in decades due to the wet spring, lack of rain in parts of Illinois since early July , and season-long low crop ratings, it’s time to take a look at what comes…

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Weekly Farm Economics: The Agricultural Risk Coverage — County Level (ARC-CO) Option in the 2018 Farm Bill

Farmers and landowners can now make the decision between farm programs, receiving commodity title payments from either Agricultural Risk Coverage at the county level (ARC-CO) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) for each covered commodity with base acres on the farm;…

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Have Soybean Prices Put in a Low?

Last week’s price rally in the soybean market relied on the prospects of easing trade tensions with China.  The potential for soybean prices to maintain recent momentum depends on developments in trade negotiations and production prospects for both the U.S.…

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farmdoc and farmdoc daily: Farm Real Estate Markets – 20 Years and Growing

As part of the 20th Anniversary of the farmdoc program, we are highlighting several of the central themes that have persisted through time and are identifying some of the ways in which the farmdoc program has responded to, and continues…

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Law and Taxation: A Retrospective of 20 Years

In many respects, the development of law is an evolutionary process, adjusting slowly to the evolving needs and values of society.  Certainty and stability with respect to property rights, regulatory programs and the tax structure provide a solid foundation for…

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Farmdoc 20 Year Retrospective on Agricultural Trade (In Chart Form)

For some of us, 1999 doesn’t feel like it was that long ago.  We were two years into the Asian financial crisis, and commodity prices were in the dumps.  We were watching the release of the Matrix, living la vida…

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Progress on a Tentative Agreement on Biofuels Blending

Reuters writers Stephanie Kelly and Jarrett Renshaw reported last week that, “White House officials on Wednesday urged U.S. biofuel producers and oil refiners to accept a deal to lift biofuel blending mandates in 2020, saying overlong negotiations could make it…

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Trade Tensions Simmer; China Purchases U.S. Farm Goods as African Swine Fever Impacts Pork Market

On Thursday, Wall Street Journal writers Lingling Wei, Chao Deng and Josh Zumbrun reported that, “China is looking to narrow the scope of its negotiations with the U.S. to only trade matters, seeking to put thornier national-security issues on a separate…

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Federal Reserve: Observations on the Ag Economy- August 2019

Last week, the Federal Reserve Board released its August 2019 Beige Book update, a summary of commentary on current economic conditions by Federal Reserve District. The report included several observations pertaining to the U.S. agricultural economy.

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U.S., China Trade Talks Set to Resume; Agricultural Export Markets Continue to Adjust

Bloomberg writers Michael Hirtzer and Dominic Carey reported last week that, “The trade war between the U.S. and China continues to surprise agricultural markets, even delivering an unexpected reprieve for American farmers who have otherwise been roiled by the conflict.”

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Executive Branch Biofuels Draft Plan Falls Short of Expectations

Reuters writers Chris Prentice and Stephanie Kelly reported late last week that, “U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to meet with Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency officials late Thursday to consider a plan that would include boosting biofuels…

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On Ethanol, President Trump Plans to Regain Farmers’ Trust

Late last month, Des Moines Register writer Stephen Gruber-Miller reported that, “Gov. Kim Reynolds called President Donald Trump ‘an advocate for farmers’ on [August 27th], but said he may not have understood the damage caused by the ethanol waivers his administration granted.”

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