Jessica Groskopf

Jessica Groskopf is an extension educator and agricultural economist for the Panhandle region in the Department of Agricultural Economics. She also serves as director of the Nebraska Women in Agriculture program.

4 Ways to Improve Your Grain Marketing

This is an updated version of an article first published by CropWatch on Oct. 7, 2016.

Grain bins on farm.

Estimating Cost of Production in Quicken

Hands on computer.

Farm and Ranch Filing Systems

The goal of record-keeping is to be able to access the information you need quickly. This starts with a filing system that is tailored to the needs of your farm or ranch. Here are some considerations for starting or updating your filing system.

Files on shelf.

Terminating a Verbal Farmland Lease

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Some farm leases are not written but are verbal or "handshake" agreements. Because nothing is in writing, the parties may have different recollections of their agreement, making lease disputes more difficult to resolve.

Aerial view of farm.

Quicken Tags for Your Farm or Ranch

This is an update to an article originally published by CropWatch on May 23, 2017.

You have your farm or ranch financial information entered into Quicken (Deluxe) and have categorized each transaction by the proper type of income or expense. With this information, you can provide an up-to-date cash flow or tax summary report to your family, business partner, banker or accountant at a moment’s notice.

Quicken tags graphic.

5 Things to Improve Your Quicken Record-keeping

This is an update to an article originally published by CropWatch on May 3, 2017.

Many computer programs are available to help you organize your financial information. One of which is Quicken, an affordable and flexible system that can easily be used for most farms and ranches.

If you already have Quicken, here are five things you can do to improve your Quicken file.

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Tips for Fixing Quicken Mistakes Quickly

This is an update to an article originally published by CropWatch on Nov. 29, 2018.

If you are like most farms and ranches, it has been a few months since you entered transactions into your Quicken program. When inputting several months of entries, it is likely that you are going to make a few mistakes. Here are a few tips to tackle two common problems when entering transactions into Quicken. 

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Preparing Yourself for Corn Under $3 Per Bushel

Photo by Glennis McClure

The market rally following the June 30 USDA Acreage report has come and gone. So, now what? This article will discuss the price probabilities for the last half of 2020 and how to prepare for farm survival.

Corn field with pivot.

Who Is on Your Farm and Ranch Management (FARM) Team?

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When owning or working on a farm or a ranch, you wear many hats. You are an agronomist, a mechanic, a truck driver, a marketer and a family mediator. But what about when you need professional advice and guidance? 

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Revenue Protection Crop Insurance and Hedging in 2020

With the uncertainty revolving around COVID-19, grain marketing has come to the forefront of many producers’ minds. I have heard more than once, “at current price levels should I hedge my crop?”

However, it is important to remember that if you have purchased Revenue Protection Crop Insurance, your 2020 crop in field has been partially hedged. Let’s take a look at how crop insurance acts as a hedge when commodity prices decline during the growing season.

Ground-level photo of soybean field.