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Crop Insurance Tools

Crop Insurance Premium Calculator

The 2022 iFarm Crop insurance Premium Calculator allows users to develop highly customized estimates of their crop insurance premiums, and compare revenue and yield guarantees across all available crop insurance products and elections for their actual farm case.

Crop Insurance Payment Evaluator

The 2022 iFarm Crop Insurance Payment Evaluator provides helpful information to producers comparing costs and risk reductions across their available crop insurance alternatives.

Price Distribution Tool

The iFARM Price Distribution Tool uses current option market prices to derive estimates of the probability distribution of prices at the expiration of an underlying corn and soybean futures contracts.

Crop Insurance Decision Tool – Wheat – Fall 2023

This program calculates premiums, evaluates insurance payments, and provides historical data useful when making crop insurance decisions for multiple crops. Estimates are for crops in midwest and southeast states. Learn more on the farmdoc Daily crop insurance archive.

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Post Application Coverage Endorsement Tool

This program calculates premiums for PACE: Post Application Coverage Endorsement Insurance.

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ECO/SCO Payment Estimator

With this program, a user can estimate payments for individual farm level crop insurance products in addition to SCO and ECO.

Crop Insurance Summary of Business Tool

This program calculates crop insurance historical use and performance back to 1996…

Cover Crop Analyzer

The cover crop project seeks to provide farmers with a practical web-based decision support tool designed to help manage cover crops in their fields. The project makes use of existing research to demonstrate the potential for cover crops, as well as providing useful information for decision making and management of this practice. It will also seek to apply future research on cover crops as results are incorporated into updates and new iterations of the tool. This remains a work in progress with a goal towards adapting with the science.

Margin Protection Tool

With this program, a user can examine the performance of margin protection insurance.

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Frequency of SCO and ECO Payments in Illinois

The payment frequency on the Supplemental Coverage (SCO) and Enhanced Coverage Options (ECO) has been lower than expected from 2015 to 2022. Over all Illinois counties in that time frame, the frequency of payments for corn was 2% for SCO and 14% for ECO-95%. For soybeans, the payment frequency was 2% for SCO and 8% for ECO-95%. Based on a longer historical analysis, payments on SCO were expected at roughly 33% for corn and 20% for soybeans. ECO-95% payments were expected to trigger in 67% of years for corn and 53% for soybeans. Given these low payment frequencies, electing SCO and ECO in future crop years is questionable.

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Premium Support and Crop Insurance: An Analysis of the Proposed 4% Farmer-Premium Payment Cap

Subsidies for crop insurance are being debated as the farm bill begins to come into focus. In particular, subsides related to premium support for farmers are once again raising concerns. As currently designed, premium support provides higher per-acre subsidy amounts to higher-risk areas. Recent proposals have suggested an increase in premium support targeted at higher-risk farmland. That includes a 4% cap on farmer-paid premiums, which would further increase, in some cases dramatically, support for higher-risk areas. But is this good policy? The design of crop insurance already provides higher per-acre support to higher-risk areas and providing more support is highly questionable from a policy perspective.

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The Importance of Insurance Unit in Crop Insurance Policy Debates

This article explores the important role of the choice of crop insurance unit in the US crop insurance program.  Farmers can choose from 4 insurance units:  basic, optional, enterprise, and…

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