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2018 Revenue Protection Prices and Triggers

The 2018 Harvest Prices were calculated in the month of October. Corn came in at $3.68 and soybeans at $8.60. Both prices were down from the spring Projected Prices: 7% decline on corn and 15% on soybeans. At 85% coverage, soybean trigger yields are at the APH level.

Keep reading for 2018 Prices and Trigger Yields…

2018 MPCI Prices 

Corn Projected Price $3.96

Corn Harvest Price $3.68

Soybean Projected Price $10.16

Soybean Harvest Price $8.60

Let’s take a quick glance at Revenue Protection bushel triggers at the 85% coverage level for both corn and soybeans.

Corn APH: Trigger Yield 

180 APH: 164

190 APH: 173

200 APH: 182

210 APH: 192

220 APH: 201

Soybean APH: Trigger Yield

40 APH: 40

50 APH: 50

60 APH: 60

70 APH: 70

Claims might be spotty in our area. The chances are greater with optional unit structure (by section) than with enterprise units (by county). Review your actual harvest revenue against your guarantee. Claims need to be filed by 15 days after you’re done harvesting or by December 10th; whichever comes first.

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Crop Insurance Coverage for Grain Quality

Worried about grain quality?

Here are some tips to help you if there is a crop insurance claim.

  1. First, take a sample to the elevator to test for grain quality.
  2. If the grain does not meet the grade requirements for U.S. No. 4, production will be eligible for a quality adjustment.
    1. Quality adjustments can be applied due to test weight or kernel damage, including having a musty, sour, or commercially objectionable foreign odor.
  3. If the grain qualifies for a quality adjustment, TAKE THE GRAIN DIRECTLY TO THE ELEVATOR. DO NOT STORE IN A BIN. If the grain is stored in a bin, the quality adjustment cannot be applied.
  4. If the elevator rejects the grain, the rejection is needed for crop insurance claim documentation.

If you have questions regarding crop quality talk to your crop insurance agent.


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Fieldview Plus User Updates for 2017 Season

It’s time to prepare for the 2017 growing season. Here are a few tips to enhance your Fieldview Plus experience.

  1. Update your iPad and Smart Phone
    1. Update Fieldview App (Black App) to version 4.3.0
      1. iPhone: Go to App Store and select update all on the bottom right.
      2. Android: Go to Play Store. Search for Climate Fieldview and select update.
    2. Update Fieldview Cab App (Grey App) to version 6.0.1
      1. iPad: Go to App Store and select update all on the bottom right.
    3. Update to iOS 10.2
      1. iPad: Go to Settings, General, Software Update
        1. Be connected to Wifi and it’s best to be plugged into power.
  2. Off load Fieldview Drive
    1. If you had iOS 10 issues this fall, make sure all the harvest data has been sent to the Fieldview Cab App.
    2. On the Fieldview Cab App, select Settings, Devices, Edit, and review Off Load Status. You want each field to be at 100%.
    3. If the data is not 100% off loaded, activate the Drive in the combine, connect Cab App to the Drive, and Cloud Sync.
  3. Upload Maps
    1. Planting Maps: Upload past planting maps
      1. Used to generate field region reports
    2. Harvest Maps: Upload past yield maps
      1. Used to generate field region reports
      2. Used to create management zones for the Nitrogen Advisor*
      3. Used to create Manual or Advanced Scripts*
        1. Advance Scripts require 2 years of yield history
    3. Soil Maps: Upload soil maps
      1. Used to create field region reports
      2. Used to create management zones for the Nitrogen Advisor*
      3. Used as layer to review Manual or Advanced Scripts*
  4. Create Manual Seeding Scripts
    1. Create seeding scripts utilizing yield maps, soil maps, and field health images
    2. Export seeding scripts to monitor

*Nitrogen Advisor and Advanced Scripts are available on the Pro platform. Pro can be purchased at any time for the 2017 season. Climate is also offering the opportunity to upgrade 2 fields to Pro this season for free.

Contact Betsy for guidance. To learn more about Nitrogen Advisor and Advance Scripts, read Fieldview Pro Overview for 2017.

 

 

 

 

 


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Fieldview Pro Overview for 2017

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Fieldview Pro includes all features of the Prime and Plus tiers, plus it provides the Nitrogen Advisor and Advance Scripts. These tools have been enhanced for the 2017 season.

Here is a brief overview:

Advanced Scripts

The Advanced Scripts uses 2 years of yield history and Gen 5 data from Monsanto. There is a 3 part process in generating the automated scripts:

  1. Management zones are identified
  2. Population is assigned to the zones based on hybrid selection
  3. Economic factors are considered

Scripts can be altered to fit the planter’s technology ability by adjusting the number of population zones.

Nitrogen Advisor

The Nitrogen Advisor has been enhanced from the 2016 version to manage nitrogen on a sub-field level. Your soil maps will be used in replace of SURGO Maps to enhance accuracy. If you want to utilize the Nitrogen Advisor, update your nitrogen application plan for 2017. You will be able to monitor nitrogen status and review side dress application decisions instantly.

 

For more details, contact Betsy.


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Compare current precip to historical averages on Climate Fieldview’s App

Many farmers like to keep track of precipitation to project yield potential of their crop. I like to compare the current precipitation to historical averages. This helps me put a number the terms “dry”, “wet”, or “adequate”.

As we start the month of July, I wanted to give you an idea of how “dry” our area is. Here are local season to date precipitation compared to the 10 year average. The (-) represents short of the 10 year average.

Garden City -6.5″, Radcliffe -5.7″, Ackley -5.0″, Hubbard -4.7″, Austinville -4.3″, Eldora -3.7″, New Providence -3.4″, Geneva -2.9″, Wellsburg -2.7″, Iowa Falls -2.6″

I used to log on at http://www.climate.com and run a comparison on the past weather tab. It took time to do this on every field and I needed access to a computer.

Now it’s very easy to access this information on your fields. When you log on to the Climate Fieldview App on your smart phone, an Overview screen will appear. Tap on Rainfall.

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It will default to the Last 24 Hours precipitation. To the right, tap on Season to Date. You will then see if precipitation is above or below normal compared to the 10 year average.

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Benefits of precision reporting

Everyone wants to save time and money! I am not sure if you can actually save it, but I am sure you can manage it. Using precision monitors for crop insurance record keeping can help manage time and money.

Manage Time 

Record keeping takes time. Precision reporting requires the seeding map and wet weight map from the precision monitor and a calibration report.

No load logs.

No scale tickets.

No bin measurements.

No feeding records.

If Automated Crop Reporting is used, the acreage report and production report would be automatically completed. The agent and the farmer would also know if a crop insurance claim applies when the farmer leaves the field. No figuring necessary. The system would update and provide notification.

Manage Money 

Precision technology is accurate. The actual planted acres from the seeding map will be used on the acreage report, not the FSA acres. Typically, FSA acres are slightly higher than actual planted acres. This saves crop insurance premium. Also, total production reported on less acres would increase yield. Building an actual production history is important in a claim year.

Total production should be within 3%. This is verified by calibration. There could easily be more variance in load logs and bin measurements. Accurate production is important to building an accurate actual production history.

Precision reporting claims are easy to adjust and can be done in a timely manner. Therefore, a claim payment can be provided in a timely manner.

Accurate and efficient record keeping provides value. Precision crop insurance reporting is a useful management tool to consider. Contact me at betsy@ibelinginsurance.com or check out my other blog posts: 3 ways to use precision monitors for crop insurance reporting and Tips for using precision monitors for crop insurance reporting.

 


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Manage Nitrogen Levels

Did you apply manure or anhydrous this fall?

If so, do you have a plan to develop spring application decisions?

Climate Fieldview Pro’s Nitrogen Advisor can provide you with data to help you make your spring application decisions. Adequate nitrogen levels provides the opportunity to advance yield and manage input cost.

How did heavy precipitation this fall impact nitrogen levels?

In North Central Iowa, we received 2.5-3 inches of rain on December 11 and 12. Let’s take a look at the impact of 4 different fall nitrogen applications.

Fall Application #1 – Applied Swine Manure on November 10

Beans to Corn Rotation – 171 lbs N

Estimated Nitrogen Loss: 28 lbs N/ acre

This is the estimated nitrogen loss for this heavy precipitation event.

Projected Nitrogen at Maturity: 4 lbs N/acre

This projects the nitrogen availability at maturity assuming “normal expected” weather the rest of the season. As extreme weather happens, the Nitrogen Advisor will update and provide new projections.

Beans to Corn Manure Nov 10

Corn on Corn- 219 lbs N 

Estimated Nitrogen Loss: 33 lbs N/acre

Projected Nitrogen at Maturity: -6 lbs N/acre

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