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Aug 14, 2018 |

Crops Are Rushing to Maturity – and USDA Sees Strong Yields

We have the latest on the progress and condition of corn, bean, wheat and more.

Jul 31, 2018 |

Early harvest in the crosshairs?

We have the latest on weather conditions for the remainder of the growing season.

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 29, 2018 |

Crop Update: From a late season to ahead of average

Drought, however, remains a concern in the Southern Plains and the Dakotas.

May 15, 2018 |

Full Speed Ahead?

The latest on crop progress and weather forecasts.

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.”

May 2, 2018 |

Slow start to 2018 season; prevent-plant and replant odds increasing

This timely reminder takes you through the steps you must follow in order to claim crop insurance.

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