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Crop insurance Decisions in 2022

Illinois farmers traditionally have used Revenue Protection (RP) at high coverage levels as their main choice of crop insurance. Continued use at high levels seems warranted in 2022, given the large increase in production costs. Adding the Supplemental Coverage Option…

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Trends in Working Capital and Financial Solvency

Many of you are in the midst of preparing financial statements for 2022.  It is important to take the time to prepare a complete and accurate set of financial documents that include an accrual income statement and a balance sheet. …

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IFES 2021: 2022 Market Outlook for Corn and Soybeans: Part II, Acreage

Corn and soybean prices have shown remarkable resilience in 2021. During the 2020-21 marketing year, nearby futures prices peaked in May 2021 at over $7.50 per bushel for corn and $16 per bushel for soybeans. This rally was caused by…

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Investments in Brazilian Grain Transportation Shrink U.S. Logistical Advantage

Traditionally, grain transportation costs in Brazil have been much higher than in the United States, giving a competitive advantage to American production. Much of the reason for this advantage is poorer transportation infrastructure in Brazil. However, Brazil has been improving…

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The Post Application Coverage Endorsement (PACE)

The Post Application Coverage Endorsement (PACE) provides payments when a farmer cannot apply nitrogen to corn after planting because of weather-related causes. Some farmers indicate they do not rely on post-plant nitrogen applications because of the risk of not being…

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2020 Commodity Program Payment Dashboard

This article discusses payments made by ARC (Agriculture Risk Coverage) and PLC (Price Loss Coverage) commodity programs for the 2020 crop year.  USDA, FSA (US Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency) recently released these payments for all covered program commodities…

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Ukraine, Russia Tensions- A Growing Focus of Ag Markets

Robyn Dixon, David L. Stern, Isabelle Khurshudyan, John Hudson and Rachel Pannett reported on the front page of Wednesday’s Washington Post that, “President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin traded provocations Tuesday, with the Kremlin broadcasting a new round of…

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WSJ: Omicron Brings Renewed Strain to U.S. Food System

Jesse Newman and Jaewon Kang reported on the front page of Monday’s Wall Street Journal that, “The U.S. food system is under renewed strain as Covid-19’s Omicron variant stretches workforces from processing plants to grocery stores, leaving gaps on supermarket…

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China’s Imports of U.S. Soy Rose in 2021, as Administration Walks “Fine Line” on Phase One Trade Deal, Negotiations Continue

Reuters writers Hallie Gu and Dominique Patton reported last week that, “China’s soybean imports from the United States in 2021 rose from the previous year as it stepped up agricultural purchases under a trade deal agreed with Washington, while annual Brazilian…

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High Fertilizer Prices Impacting Developing Countries and Europe- Food Price Repercussions a Concern

Wall Street Journal writer Jon Emont reported last week that, “From South America’s avocado, corn and coffee farms to Southeast Asia’s plantations of coconuts and oil palms, high fertilizer prices are weighing on farmers across the developing world, making it…

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Fertilizer Price Update, and Iowa Crop Production Cost Estimates for 2022

DTN writer Russ Quinn reported this week that, “Retail fertilizer prices continue to be mostly higher the second week of January 2022, according to retailers surveyed by DTN.”

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Kansas City Fed: Smaller Loans Limit Ag Lending, as Ag Economy Remained Strong in 2021

In an update last week from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, “Smaller Loans Limit Agricultural Lending,” Nathan Kauffman and Ty Kreitman stated that, “Smaller sized loans limited agricultural lending activity at the end of 2021.”

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