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Corn and Soybean Acreage (8/18/2014)
The debate about the likely size of the USDA's final estimate of the 2014 U.S. average corn and soybean yields continues, with the market apparently anticipating that those estimates will exceed the August forecasts, particularly for corn. At the margin, the size of the crops will also be influenced by the magnitude of harvested acreage. More...
Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) in Wheat (8/5/2014)
The basics of SCO are illustrated with an example from Washington County, Illinois. SCO will have risk management benefits when the maximum coverage level for the COMBO product is 75%. In counties where 85% coverage levels are available, SCO products offer limited potential to reduce the probability of low gross revenues. More...
Where Will Beef Cows Expand? (8/4/2014)
It is getting to be a well repeated story. Beef cow numbers are at their lowest level since 1962. Cattle and feeder cattle prices are at record highs and feed prices have dropped. Beef consumers continue to eat beef and are rewarding the beef industry with very profitable returns. So when are beef producers going to expand the breeding herd and in what regions of the country will that occur? More...
Release of 2015 Crop Budgets (7/8/2014)
The 2015 Illinois Crop Budgets are available in the management section of farmdoc. Overall, 2015 returns are projected at the same levels as 2014 returns, which are considerably lower than returns from 2010 through 2013. These lower returns signal the need to reduce 2015 cash rents. More...
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