ARTICLES BY STEVE JOHNSON
2013 ACRE Revenue Shortfall Triggers Corn Payment By: 10/13/2014 @ 6:51am

The Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE), a countercyclical program created in the 2008 farm bill, has had limited participation by Iowa producers. In addition to the Direct & Counter-Cyclical Payment…

Using a basis contract to market corn By: 12/16/2013 @ 7:53am

Despite a late start, the 2013 harvest progressed rapidly, and yield prospects increased across most of the Corn Belt. The U.S. corn yield average rose by 5.1 bushels per acre from September to November…

Wet corn harvesting challenges By: 09/19/2013 @ 8:11am

While half of Iowa’s corn crop was planted by mid-May, much was pushed back several weeks. Some fields were replanted more than once and, as a result, pollinated into August.The bottom line for many growers…

The latest on flexible cash land leases By: 07/18/2013 @ 11:04am

Crop prices are expected to decline this fall, as the futures market already indicates. This would be the opposite of what happened the past few years during the late summer months.Looking ahead, tenant…

Keep good planting records this spring By: 05/07/2013 @ 8:53am

Spring will arrive eventually, and as you plant corn, soybeans and other crops, keep accurate records. Farmers need to keep track of the date each field is planted, name of the field, how many acres are…

Spring rallies and insurance bushels By: 04/26/2013 @ 9:08am

In most years during March and April, weather uncertainty that influences new-crop futures price focuses back on the Northern Hemisphere. That’s where the majority of the world’s corn and nearly one half…

Harvest prices & indemnity payments By: 10/17/2012 @ 7:58am

The USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) will release the final fall harvest prices for revenue protection crop insurance policies on November 1. As of October 15, those harvest prices are near $7.50 per bushel…

2012 DCP & ACRE Sign-up ends June 1 By: 05/14/2012 @ 9:06am

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) is wrapping up enrollment for the 2012 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) and also the 2012 Average Crop Revenue Election Program (ACRE) Program. Sign-up began on…

2011 crop insurance policy changes By: 01/03/2011 @ 11:04am

The new Common Crop Insurance Policy, often called COMBO, simplifies and streamlines the number of crop insurance choices for 2011. There will now be one master policy, with several options.Instead of a…

2011 crop insurance policy changes By: 01/03/2011 @ 10:03am

The new Common Crop Insurance Policy, often called COMBO, simplifies and streamlines the number of crop insurance choices for 2011. There will now be one master policy, with several options.Instead of a…

Locked and Loaded for 2011 Expenses By: 11/19/2010 @ 4:40pm

Three factors emerged from the 4 Ag Marketing Club meetings in Central Iowa this week:Row crop farmers are nervous about the recent futures price volatility they’ve witnesses since the Nov. 9th, 2010 Crop…

Keep a per-acre net profit goal in mind By: 10/25/2010 @ 9:11am

The old adage of "buy low and sell high” still dominates farmer thinking.  This primarily means buying inputs before their price increases significantly, but often fails to capture the profit margin…

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