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Cover Crop Analyzer
Cover Crop Analyzer Tool

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.

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Prevent Plant Policy Options

As discussed in the May 4, 2022 farmdoc daily, crop insurance’s prevent plant provision has the potential to notably reduce planted acres if planting is delayed by weather until prevent plant’s first decision date.  This potential is important in years…

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Gardner Policy Series: Farm Bill

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Mapping the Farm Bill: Reviewing the CRP; Law, Land & History

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 is scheduled to expire in the 2023 calendar, crop, and fiscal years, initiating the reauthorization process on the legislative calendar.  At this early stage vast uncertainties exist about the directions of, and prospects for,…

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2021 Corn and Soybean Yields: Implications for Crop Insurance and Commodity Title payments

The National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) recently released county yields. NASS county yields are not the same yields that will be used to calculate Agriculture Risk Coverage at the county level (ARC-CO) payments, or to determine indemnities from the Supplemental…

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The 2022 PLC and ARC Decision

Farmers will again have until March 15 to make commodity title program selections. Given the current high prices, commodity title payments are not expected from any program option for the 2022 marketing year. If a change in conditions resulted in…

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Gardner Policy Series: Trade

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IFES 2019: Trade, MFP, and Policy Directions

A variety of trade actions undertaken by the Trump Administration have resulted in retaliation from various U.S. trading partners. Tariffs imposed on U.S. agricultural goods have negatively impacted export levels and commodity prices. To address these trade damages, the Administration…

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Notes on Trade Balances and Currency Values – the Case of Argentina

In the last few years, there has been a hot debate about how important it is for a country to be open to trade. As a result of the recent trade war between China and the United States, there is…

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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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Gardner Policy Series: Conservation & Other

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Price Later Contracts and the Illinois Grain Code: An Update from the Court’s Decision in Miller v. Department of Agriculture

In 2003, Illinois significantly revised its Grain Code to provide additional protection to famers in the event a state-licensed grain dealer or warehouse fails. A grain elevator that stores grain for a farmer acts as a warehouse, while an elevator…

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On Agriculture & Antitrust: A Brief Summary of Legislative History

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Increased prices, new and continuing supply chain problems, and more in the wake of Russia’s unprovoked war on Ukraine and the Covid-19 pandemic may be reinvigorating discussions and questions about the markets, competition, antitrust and agriculture (see e.g., farmdoc daily,…

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Commemorating Earth Day with a Little Legislative History

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Friday, April 22, 2022, marks the 52nd Earth Day and anniversary of the modern environmental movement’s origins (https://www.earthday.org/).  These are interesting times to reflect upon this annual event amid a steady stream of scientific warnings about the danger we pose…

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