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Jul 24, 2018 |

Crop development continues ahead of average; condition slips

Crop conditions, however, have deteriorated some. This and more in the latest crop progress report.

Jul 10, 2018 |

Double the Usual Corn Silking

With more than a third of the crop silking, USDA rates three quarters of the crop in good/excellent condition. Soybeans don’t look shabby either: 71 percent rates the top two categories.

Jun 26, 2018 |

Rain makes Grain

Corn condition exceeds the past four years and soybean condition matches 2014 and 2016.

Jun 18, 2018 |

Spring crop ratings continue strong

Call your crop insurance officer as soon as you detect a loss, keep records by section and don’t commingle old-crop and new-crop before having measurements taken.

Jun 12, 2018 |

Healthy Corn Equals Happy Farmers

Seventy-seven percent of the corn crop and 74 percent of beans are rated as good to excellent in the 18 states that report to USDA. See this week’s USDA crop report to see how Kansas crops compare.

Jun 5, 2018 |

Planting is virtually over; crop ratings are generally good for spring crops

Concerns about drought remain in the Dakotas and Kansas and Nebraska.

May 8, 2018 |

Planting: Good progress but still behind

“As you hear discussions of yields, keep in mind the average for corn is nearly 170 bu., and a range of 160 to 180 is possible,” says Purdue’s David Widmar. “The high end of that range would be devastating to markets.”

Apr 10, 2018 |

Higher Yields Can Offset Lower Prices in ARC Calculations

See how the payments in your county will compare with the initial payments in 2014, using KSU’s interactive map.

Aug 29, 2017 |

Crop Update: Markets are in Big Crop Mode

The December corn futures contract has fallen and November soybeans also are well below the levels they attained early in the growing season.

Jul 18, 2017 |

Crop Progress: Weather Continues to Worry Traders

However, one key factor could determine how much and how long prices might rally on weather worries.

Jul 11, 2017 |

USDA’s Crop Progress Report Provided Fodder for Crop Bulls

With dry conditions spreading, the weather outlook through much of July is worrisome – and could keep markets on edge.

Jul 6, 2017 |

Crop Progress: It’s the time of year for worries

The July weather outlook could further support spring wheat prices as harvest approaches.

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