A Farm Policy Dilemma: Base Acres, Planted Acres, and Ad Hoc Payments Sep 24, 2020

🕔Sep 24, 2020
Farm safety net payments that mitigate low farm income can encourage more production and thus more payments.  Since the 1996 farm bill, this fundamental farm safety net dilemma has been […]

Cost Benefit Analysis of CFAP2 Payments Sep 22, 2020

🕔Sep 22, 2020
At a campaign stop in Wisconsin on September 17, 2020, President Trump announced a second round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP2) payments. USDA estimates up to $14 billion in […]

Federal Payments Showed The Safety Net Favors Soybeans Sep 17, 2020

🕔Sep 17, 2020
This article examines the distribution by commodity of the $33 billion in payments by the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) announced in 2018 (MFP 2018), MFP announced in 2019, and Coronavirus […]

Midwest Corn, Soybeans: Cost Management Considerations for Harvest Sep 2, 2020

🕔Sep 2, 2020
Combines are the largest cost machinery item on most Midwest grain farms.  As such, periodically evaluating whether owning or out-sourcing combining is prudent, particularly at the point where a combine […]

Payment Limitations: New Regs For An Old Problem – Gaming The System Aug 31, 2020

🕔Aug 31, 2020
On Monday, August 24, 2020, USDA implemented changes to the payment limitation and eligibility rules for federal farm payments enacted by Congress in the 2018 farm bill (Abbott August 24, 2020; […]

Illinois Corn, Soybeans: Time to Lower Cash Rents? Aug 12, 2020

🕔Aug 12, 2020
State-level cash rents released last week by the National Agricultural Statistical Service (NASS) indicate 2020 cash rents were virtually unchanged from 2019 across states in the Corn Belt. While corn […]

Illinois Corn, Soybeans: 2021 Crop Budgets Available Aug 5, 2020

🕔Aug 5, 2020
Planning for the 2021 crop will begin soon with the determination of 2021 cash rents, selection of 2021 seed hybrids and varieties, application of fertilizers and commencement of fall tillage. […]

The PIK Program…It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time Jul 31, 2020

🕔Jul 31, 2020
In reviewing set aside acreage policy, previous articles focused on world crop markets and, in particular, the issues concerning effectiveness of the policy for corn and soybeans.  This article adds […]

Will Recent Payments Outside The Farm Bill Boost The Safety Net? Jul 30, 2020

🕔Jul 30, 2020
Since 1973, US farm program payments follow a process of moving from one regime or plateau to another, with the move occurring in a one to two year period.  Two […]

Crop Insurance: How Did 2019 Loss Ratios Compare to Previous Years? Jul 29, 2020

🕔Jul 29, 2020
Late and prevented planting were prevalent across the Midwest in 2019.  Prevented planting payments made up about one-third of total crop insurance payments, and those counties with large amounts of […]

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