2020 Updates

December 2020
Newsletter Articles
A trade-driven market    
Organic beef captures price premiums  
Information Files
Yield Protection Crop Insurance -- A1-52      
Delayed and Prevented Planting Provisions -- A1-57      
Deductible Livestock Costs for Adjusting Income Tax Returns -- B1-15      
Suggested Closing Inventory Prices -- C1-40      
Trusts as an Estate Planning Tool -- C4-59      
Decision Tools
Farmland Lease Annual Report -- C2-06      

November 2020
Newsletter Articles
Net farm income projection higher, debt forecast worse    
A brief argument for healthy US-China agricultural trade relations despite deglobalization pressures  
Information Files
Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) -- A1-61      
Estimating a Value for Corn Stover -- A1-70      
Financial Performance Measures for Iowa Farms -- C3-55      
Getting Started in Farming: Part-time or Small Farms -- C4-09      
Decision Tools
Corn Stover Pricer -- A1-70      

October 2020
Newsletter Articles
Fully incorporating the derecho    
Understanding stats in USDA hogs and pigs reports  
Information Files
Cash Corn and Soybean Prices -- A2-11      
Farmland Value Survey (Realtors Land Institute) -- C2-75      
Getting Started in Farming: On the Home Farm -- C4-08      
Decision Tools
Farm Bill Programs: Data and Methods for ARC-County and PLC -- A1-33      

September 2020
Newsletter Articles
Starting to frame up the damage    
Practical guidelines to file crop insurance losses due to the derecho  
Iowa Cover Crop - Crop Insurance Demonstration Pilot survey results  
Buy local meat business grows  
Information Files
Farmland Value Survey (Realtors Land Institute) -- C2-75      
Financial Terms -- C3-05      
Getting Started in Farming: Inheriting a Farm  – C4-07      
Decision Tools
Farm Bill Programs: Data and Methods for ARC-County and PLC -- A1-33      

August 2020
Newsletter Articles
Projected ARC/PLC payments in 2020    
Between a rock and a hard place  
Little change in mid-year cattle inventory  
Information Files
2020 Corn and Soybean Commodity Loan Rates -- A1-34
     
Drought Damage Can Affect Crop Insurance Yields -- A1-59      
Whole Farm Revenue Crop Insurance -- A1-60      
Iowa Farmland Rental Rates (USDA) -- C2-09
     
Internal Scanning -- C6-45      
Voiced Media
Crop Marketing Strategies Webinar Recording, August 2020      
Landowner-Producer Communication and Agreements -- C2-01      
-- Part 1 -- Resources, Survey, Communication      
-- Part 2 -- Legal issues, Written leases, Lease termination, Conservation, Managing Stress      
-- Part 3 -- How to use the cash rent survey, Methods to set cash rents, Flexible cash rent      
Farmland Leasing Overview -- C2-20      
Decision Tools
Farm Bill Programs: Data and Methods for ARC-County and PLC -- A1-33      

July 2020
Newsletter Articles
Farm lease types have different risks and rewards    
Agricultural professionals expect lower farmland values over the next 18 months  
Some positive news for a change  
What’s included and excluded in USDA hog numbers?  
Information Files
Livestock Enterprise Budgets for Iowa -- B1-21      
Lean Hog Futures Forecast Errors, 2000-2019 -- B2-67      
Managing Farm Family Finances -- C3-51      

June 2020
Newsletter Articles
Rising cattle supplies face restricted packing capacity    
How to streamline your CFAP application  
Searching for a price boost  
Mixed liquidity results for Iowa farms in 2019  
Information Files
Hail Damage Can Affect Crop Insurance Yields -- A1-49      
Farm Costs and Returns -- C1-10      
Historical County Cropland Rental Rates -- C2-11      
Powers of Attorney and Other Forms of Substitute Decision Making -- C4-54      
External Scanning - Industry Analysis -- C6-44      
Voiced Media
Farmland Owners Workshop Webinar Replay -- C2-20      

May 2020
Newsletter Articles
Another year, another crisis    
Strive to market fed cattle at optimum weight – even in tough times  
Slight increases in cash rental rates in Iowa  
Information Files
Farm Bill: Terms to Know -- A1-30      
Commonly Used Grain Contracts -- A2-73      
Understanding Risk in Hedge-to-Arrive Contracts -- A2-74      
Five Steps to Formulate Workforce Contingency Plans in the COVID-19 Setting -- C1-84      
Essential Worker Status Documentation: An Option to Facilitate Travel in the COVID-19 Environment -- C1-85      
Decision Tools
Estimating the Number of Field Days Required -- A3-28      
Evaluating Organic Transitions at the Field Level -- A1-96      
Crop Share Lease Analysis -- C2-30      

April 2020
Newsletter Articles
The opportunities and challenges with industrial hemp    
Hog producers limited in short-run to change production  
Suicide prevention program available virtually to agribusiness community  
Information Files
Five Steps to Formulate Workforce Contingency Plans in the COVID-19 Setting -- C1-84      
Essential Worker Status Documentation: An Option to Facilitate Travel in the COVID-19 Environment -- C1-85      
Computing a Cropland Cash Rental Rate -- C2-20      
Flexible Farm Lease Agreements -- C2-21      
Essential Worker Status Documentation: An Option to Facilitate Travel in the COVID-19 Environment -- C1-85      
Farmland Value Survey (Realtors Land Institute) -- C2-75      
Decision Tools
2018 Farm Bill Payment Estimator by County for ARC-CO and PLC -- A1-33      
Evaluating Organic Transitions at the Field Level -- A1-96      
Crop Share Lease Analysis -- C2-30      
Voiced Media
Late and Prevented Planting – Lessons learned from 2019  -- A1-57      
Farmland Leasing Overview -- C2-20      
Farmland Communication & Stewardship -- C2-20      
Farmland Return Versus Stock Market -- C2-79      
Substitute Decision-Making: Who Can Make Decisions When You Cannot? -- C4-54      
US - China Agricultural Trade under Phase-One Trade Deal and Coronavirus      

March 2020
Newsletter Articles
Custom rates lower in 2020    
The number of days suitable for fieldwork in Iowa is shrinking  
Collection of county yield data, how does USDA NASS do it?  
Cattle market shaken by COVID-19  
Information Files
Historical Corn Yields by County -- A1-12
     
Historical Soybean Yields by County -- A1-13      
Corn and Soybean County Yields -- A1-14      
2020 Iowa Farm Custom Rate Survey -- A3-10      
Monthly Swine Feeding Returns -- B1-31      
Monthly Cattle Feeding Returns -- B1-36      
Lean Hog Basis -- B2-41      
Live Cattle Basis -- B2-42      
Feeder Cattle Basis -- B2-43      
Feeder Steer-Heifer Price Spread -- B2-45      
Historic Hog and Lamb Prices -- B2-10      
Decision Tools
Organic Crop Budgets - Corn, Soybeans, Oats, and Alfalfa -- A1-18      
Evaluating Organic Transitions at the Field Level -- A1-96      
Crop Share Lease Analysis -- C2-30      

February 2020
Newsletter Articles
Beef producers work to overcome 2019 challenges    
US-China Phase One Trade Deal and US agriculture: A big win for farmers or too good to be true?  
Slippage in the markets  
Information Files
Risk Management Tools: Basics of Crop Insurance -- A1-58
     
Days Suitable for Fieldwork in Iowa -- A3-25      
Risk Management Tools for Small- to Medium-Sized Cattle Feeders -- B1-54      
Seasonal Hog Price Patterns – B2-14      
Risk Management Tools: Comparing Farmland Returns to Stock Market Investments -- C2-79      
Converting Cash to Accrual Net Farm Income -- C3-26      
Risk Management Tools: Farm Financial Performance Analysis -- C3-59      
Decision Tools
2018 Farm Bill Payment Estimator by County for ARC-CO and PLC -- A1-33      
Estimating the Field Capacity of Farm Machines -- A3-24      
Cash to Accrual Net Farm Income Worksheet -- C3-26      
Voiced Media
Basics of Crop Insurance -- A1-58      
Risk Management Tools for Small to Medium Sized Cattle Feeders -- B1-54      
Land vs Stock Market -- C2-79      

January 2020
Newsletter Articles
Estimating costs of crop production vital for 2020 farm businesses    
Thinking about the U.S.-China trade deal  
Economics spur expansion and help guide where hogs are produced  
Information Files
Crop Planning Prices -- A1-10      
Estimated Costs of Crop Production -- A1-20      
Historical Costs of Crop Production -- A1-21      
Livestock Planning Prices -- B1-10      
Historical Cattle Prices -- B2-12      
Suggested Closing Inventory Prices -- C1-40      
Decision Tools
Estimated Costs of Crop Production in Iowa - 2020 -- A1-20      
2018 Farm Bill Payment Estimator by County for ARC-CO and PLC -- A1-33      

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