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Margin Protection Insurance

K-State agricultural economist Monte Vandeveer discusses the new crop insurance option that will be available to Kansas corn and soybean growers for the 2018 crop, the margin protection program:  he'll explain what it's designed to cover, how the coverage is calculated, and the pros and cons of the program...he will be presenting an in-depth session on margin protection at the upcoming Risk and Profit Conference at K-State. 

August 4, 2017
Risk and Profit Conference

K-State extension assistant in agricultural economist Rich Llewelyn passes along the details on K-State's 2017 Risk and Profit Conference coming up in mid-August, which will focus in part on agricultural policy issues in advance of the forthcoming congressional work on the 2018 Farm Bill. 

July 27, 2017
Precision Ag Issues

K-State precision agricultural economist Terry Griffin reports on the topics that generated the most discussion at a major precision agriculture technology conference that he attended last week in Scotland....he also talks about his current research into the economics of using precision guidance cultivation as an alternative to herbicide use against resistant weed populations.

July 26, 2017
Ag Trade Concerns

K-State agricultural economist Vincent Amanor-Boadu offers his latest observations on U.S. trade policy, with the renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement set to begin next month. He says he still has concerns about trade issues over non-agricultural goods, and that agricultural trade could end up being harmed in the process. 

July 21, 2017
Pasture Leasing Survey

Leah Tsoodle goes over the findings of the just-released 2017 Bluestem Pasture Report...a survey of pasture managers in the Flint Hills region on the going leasing rates, and leasing arrangements, for grass....this biennial report is often used as a guideline for negotiating pasture leases statewide.

July 10, 2017
Farm Enterprise Analysis

The executive director of the Kansas Farm Management Association at K-State, Kevin Herbel, breaks down the crop and livestock enterprise numbers from the recently-released Kansas net farm income report for 2016. He talks about the profitability of each of the major crops last year, as well as the returns to cow-calf and backgrounder cattle production, and things that made the difference between high-profit and low-profit operations within a given enterprise.

June 30, 2017
Farm Bill Choices

K-State farm management economist Mykel Taylor shares the findings of a new survey which polled Kansas farmers about what led them to choose either the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) or the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) option under the USDA farm program.. This information is expected to be useful as the 2018 Farm Bill is being drafted.

June 23, 2017
Ag Cooperative Conferences

Brian Briggeman and Kansas Cooperative Council president Leslie Kaufman preview the 2017 K-State Symposium on Cooperative Issues and the KCC Leadership Roundtable, which will take place concurrently at K-State in August to address current financial challenges facing local agricultural cooperatives and their members.

June 21, 2017
Water Conservation Project

Nathan Hendricks talks about a new USDA-funded project he will be conducting, looking at ways of encouraging Kansas crop irrigators to more effectively manage their groundwater resources through two plans that the state of Kansas has put in place in recent years:  the local enhanced management areas and the water conservation areas.

June 15, 2017
Wheat Price Convergence

Art Barnaby discusses recent changes in the hard winter wheat futures contract made by the CME intended to bring back convergence in cash and futures wheat prices. He focuses on the variable storage rate which has been adopted with the intent of prompting that price convergence.

June 15, 2017
Crop Insurance Changes

K-State risk management specialist Art Barnaby talks about his new in-depth analysis of the proposed budget cuts to the federal crop insurance program and the repercussions for crop growers. He centers on the two main items of concern: the proposed cap on insurance premium subsidies and the elimination of the harvest-price option utilized by the majority of producers.

June 14, 2017
Grain Marketing Practices

K-State agricultural economist Ted Schroeder discusses the findings of a brand-new survey he's been involved with, which polled farmers in Kansas and eight other states about their grain marketing practices. The results shed light on how producers use the wide variety of marketing tools to generate maximum income and manage market risk.

June 9, 2017
Late Corn Insurance

K-State agricultural economist Monte Vandeveer discusses the crop insurance provisions for late-planted corn in Kansas, in that for most of the state today is the deadline for seeding corn without reductions in insurance coverage.

May 25, 2017
Net Farm Income Report

A discussion by KFMA executive director Kevin Herbel and economists Craig Althauser, Sandy Myers, Mark Wood, Bryan Manny, Will Feldkamp and Jim Huschka, of 2016 Kansas net farm income, from the Kansas Farm Management Association showing improvement in overall farm income from the previous year, but with some notable exceptions. 

May 24, 2017
Figuring Fertilizer Costs

Gregg Ibendahl shares a new analysis he has put together, comparing the full costs of the three main nitrogen fertilizer applications...and he tells about a new fertilizer decision tool he developed to help producers figure out their best economic options.

May 11, 2017
Wheat Insurance Options

Monte Vandeveer discusses crop insurance options for wheat growers in western Kansas whose stands were adversely affected by the freezing temperatures and/or snowstorm that struck the High Plains in late April. He says that producers who incurred crop losses have some flexibility in how they claim the indemnity on that wheat, as well as how they insure any second crop they would plant on that acreage.

May 9, 2017
Land Value Numbers

K-State farm management economist Mykel Taylor returns to share the actual trends depicted in K-State's new 2016 County-level Values for Cropland and Pasture report...the numbers confirm that agricultural land values are declining, and she talks about what is at the root of that falloff.

May 4, 2017
Wheat Price Convergence

K-State agricultural economists Beth Yeager, Art Barnaby and Dan O'Brien discuss what they've discovered about the ongoing issue of wide basis in the wheat market: the lack of convergence of cash and futures wheat prices, which has complicated producers' ability to advance-price their wheat...they recently met with futures market officials to talk about remedies for the problem, and are about to release a K-State report covering the issue. 

May 2, 2017

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