USDA Crop Reports: A Proposal to Re-Level the Information Playing Field Jan 24, 2020

🕔Jan 24, 2020
The purpose of USDA crop reports is to facilitate efficient functioning of agricultural markets and reduce information asymmetries. The latter objective is often referred to as “leveling the playing field.” […]

ARC/PLC Payment Calculator Updated – Expected Payments for 2020 Jan 23, 2020

🕔Jan 23, 2020
After the release of the January WASDE report, the Gardner ARC/PLC Payment Calculator was updated to reflect revised price information for the 2019 and 2020 years. Herein updated estimates of […]

Farm Working Capital: Key Measure Slips Unevenly In Illinois Comparisons Jan 21, 2020

🕔Jan 21, 2020
This article examines working capital to value of farm production for selected producer characteristics.  Working capital to Value of Farm production is one of the traditional measures of liquidity suggested […]

Illinois Corn, Soybeans: 2020 Crop Budgets Revised Jan 17, 2020

🕔Jan 17, 2020
Budgets for 2020 have been revised and are now available on farmdoc. Revised budgets use a corn price of $3.90 per bushel and soybean price of $9.10 per bushel, both […]

Corn: A Closer Look at USDA’s Balance Sheets Jan 15, 2020

🕔Jan 15, 2020
The USDA released a number of important reports for the grain markets on January 10, 2019, including the quarterly Grain Stocks report, Annual Crop Production Summary, and the monthly World […]

Hubbs on Grain: Waiting for the Trade Deal Jan 13, 2020

🕔Jan 13, 2020
The highly anticipated release of USDA’s crop production and ending stocks reports last Friday created a somewhat negative tone in corn and soybean markets. Despite the slightly bearish tilt, prices […]

Livestock: Cattle Finishing Net Return Prospects for 2020 Jan 13, 2020

🕔Jan 13, 2020
Fed cattle prices have increased dramatically in the last several weeks.  In September, fed cattle prices for steers in Kansas averaged $101.23 per cwt.  At the end of 2019, fed […]

Farm Bill Decisions: 2019 ARC-IC Payment Calculator Available Jan 8, 2020

🕔Jan 8, 2020
Agricultural Risk Coverage at the Individual Level (ARC-IC) should be considered as a commodity title alternative for 2019 and 2020 in two special cases:  1) if a Farm Service Agency […]

2020 Hogs: More Supply, Profitable Prices? Jan 7, 2020

🕔Jan 7, 2020
The USDA’s December Hogs and Pigs report indicates that producers continue to expand, with the December 1 inventory of all hogs and pigs coming in at 77.338 million head, a record for […]

Farm Bill Program Deadlines Approaching – Need Help Making a Decision? Dec 18, 2019

🕔Dec 18, 2019
Decision deadlines are approaching under the 2018 Farm Bill. This article covers deadlines and lists considerations when choosing between the commodity title alternatives of Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price […]

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