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Feb 21, 2022

  • Is Now the Time for Cow Herd Expansion
  • Add-On Coverage for Spring-Planted Crops
  • Hedging in the Futures and Options Markets


00:01:00 – Is Now the Time for Cow Herd Expansion: Livestock economist Lee Schulz of Iowa State University offers his take on the current cattle market trends:  he looks ahead to this Friday's USDA cattle-on-feed report, and he comments about the economic risks and rewards of individual cow herd expansion during this current downturn in the nation's cow herd inventory

00:12:00 – Add-On Coverage for Spring-Planted Crops: K-State risk management specialist Jenny Ifft looks at the prospect of adding either the Supplemental Coverage Option or Enhanced Coverage Option, or both, to one's 2022 spring-planted crop insurance policy, and what historical trends suggest about the payoff from these coverage add-ons

00:23:00 – Hedging in the Futures and Options Markets: K-State's Jenny Ifft continues her series on price risk management for cow-calf producers. This time, she focuses on hedging in the futures and options markets



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Agriculture Today is a daily program featuring Kansas State University agricultural specialists and other experts examining ag issues facing Kansas and the nation. It is hosted by Eric Atkinson and distributed to radio stations throughout Kansas and as a daily podcast.


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