Retiring Farmland To Boost Markets…An Idea Past Its Prime? Jul 2, 2020

🕔Jul 2, 2020
The return of low prices and the impacts of trade conflict and the coronavirus pandemic have driven increased interest in land retirement or set aside policies and prompted this series, […]

Lower Harvest-Time Grain Futures — An Accumulation Of Causes Jul 1, 2020

🕔Jul 1, 2020
On June 29, the settlement prices were $3.35 per bushel for the December corn contract on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and $8.61 per bushel on the November CME soybean […]

Would Set-Aside Programs Boost Commodity Prices? (First In A Series) Jun 29, 2020

🕔Jun 29, 2020
Low prices, trade conflict and a global pandemic are producing a potential perfect storm of problems for the farm economy that a flood of federal payments is unlikely to address.  […]

Soybeans: Expected Harvest Prices for 2020 Jun 24, 2020

🕔Jun 24, 2020
We developed a statistical model that projects the 2020 harvest price for soybeans, given a national soybean yield and average of May futures prices. This projection represents the harvest price […]

Corn: Expected Harvest Prices for 2020 Jun 17, 2020

🕔Jun 17, 2020
We developed a statistical model that projects the 2020 harvest price for corn, given a national corn yield and average of May futures prices. The harvest price is used in […]

Corn, Soybeans: Farm Profitability – More Federal Aid Needed Jun 11, 2020

🕔Jun 11, 2020
Federal aid in the form of Market Facilitation Program (MFP) and Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments have increased returns and the financial stability of grain farms in 2018, 2019, […]

Illinois Corn, Soybeans: Crop Insurance – Making the Prevented Planting Decision Jun 5, 2020

🕔Jun 5, 2020
Some Illinois corn acres are still unplanted due to wet weather. The final plant date for crop insurance has passed for extreme southern Illinois (May 28) and is rapidly approaching […]

Farm Programs: Has Coronavirus Impacted Payment Outlook? May 20, 2020

🕔May 20, 2020
The Coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 control measures have resulted in dramatically lower commodity prices, leading to questions about whether commodity program selections would be different after COVID-19. Herein we present […]

Pandemic Relief Update: Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program May 13, 2020

🕔May 13, 2020
The most recent legislation enacted by Congress for relief during the Covid-19 pandemic has clarified that farmers are eligible for a low interest, non-forgivable loan of up to $150,000. Farmers […]

Corn, Soybeans: Is the Farm Safety Net Up to the Challenge of COVID-19? May 7, 2020

🕔May 7, 2020
A key input into estimates of economic damage resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic is the role of payments by current farm safety net programs.  This article illustrates their importance using […]

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