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When evaluating the 80% vs 85% one thing you have to look at is what the ratio is of added revenue guarantee vs premium. To give it much consideration you have to get a 3 to 1 ratio or better. For many of the clients I deal with that is generally pretty close to the number that I have seen. More often than not the premium double to make them move and it gets tough at 85% when premiums are $35 and above for corn and $20 or above for soybeans.
An avenue to look at is the Yield Exclusion Option. With the opportunity to remove subpar yields from your APH it is a way to improve your revenue guarantee. Much like the Trend Adjusted Yield it is an alternative way to increase your coverage level. It may not get an 80% policy to perform quite like an 85% policy but if should get you to about 83% depending on geography. You can also elect this field by field which is another positive for this option. There is a fee associated on the fields you use this option on but it is a fraction of the price versus going from 80% to 85% across the board. If you utilize the YE and use the 85% level it should perform closer to a 88% policy.
Another option to look at if applicable is the ability to utilize the different coverage levels if you have both Irrigated and Non-Irrigated land. If you have blended yields as long as you have production history by practice you can create an APH for both. Even if you have only a small fraction of your farm irrigated it is still worth separating this two practices especially if you utilize the Enterprise Unit Discount. In this case consider a CAT policy on the irrigated ground unless you have an extremely good APH but with spring prices being much lower I am not sure if it is worth buying up coverage if your irrigated ground is not a significant portion of your overall operation.
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