Paul D. Mitchell 
Paul D. Mitchell, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics

UW Extension State Specialist: Cropping Systems Economics

My Extension program broadly focuses on cropping systems economics, with particular focus on Farm Programs (crop insurance, disaster aid, commodity support), Insect and Weed Management with Transgenic Crops, and the Economics of Producing Potatoes and Vegetables.

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Topics Below

   Recent Work

   Commodity Programs and the Farm Bill

   Crop Insurance

   Federal Disaster Assistance

   Crop Economics

   Potatoes and Vegetables

   Insect and Weed Management

   Cost of Production Materials

   Miscellaneous

 

Recent Work

 Crop Insurance: Late and Prevented Planting and Replant (May 2017) NEW

 Wisconsin IRRIGATED CORN Budget (2014)

 Wet Wisconsin: Moldy Corn and Crop Insurance (Sept 2016)

 Cover Crops and Crop Insurance 2016 (May 2016)

 Grain Markets and Cost of Production (Jan 2016)

 

Commodity Programs and the Farm Bill 

 Farm Bill Choices: What Should Wisconsin Crop Farmers Do? (Fact Sheet Jan 2015)

 Farm Bill Choices: What Should Crop Farmers Do? PLC or ARC (Nov 2014)

 Updating Base Acres and Payment Yields (Fact Sheet August 2014)

 Risk Management and the 2014 Farm Bill (March 2014) Power Point Webinar

 Crop Insurance and the 2013(?) Farm Bill (PowerPoint Oct 2013)

 What to Expect When You're Expecting a Farm Bill (PowerPoint Aug 2013)

 Wisconsin Ag Policy Update for 2013 (Presentation Feb 2013)

 Farm Bill Update: What Can Wisconsin Expect? (Presentation Sep 2012)

 Insuring Forage Crops for SURE (Sept 2010)

 Don't Forget About SURE (Sept 2010)

 Integrating ACRE, SURE and Crop Insurance (PowerPoint Jan 2010)

 Thinking about ACRE for 2009 (July 2009)

 Overview of ACRE for 2009 (July 2009)

 USDA-FSA ACRE Calculator Spreadsheet: Wisconsin Template (July 2009)

 Understanding Farm Programs: Crop Insurance, ACRE and SURE (PowerPoint Jan 2009)

 ACRE, SURE, and the New Farm Bill Crop Insurance Requirements (PowerPoint Sep 2008)

 Farm Bill: Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program (June 2008)

 Farm Bill: Horticulture and Organic Agriculture (June 2008)

 Farm Bill: What it Means for Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers (Badger Common'Tater Aug 2008)

 The Farm Bill: Current Status and New Revenue Support Programs (PowerPoint Jan 2008)

 Farm Bill Update: Status of Wisconsin Agriculture (Jan 2008)

 Economic Analysis of Supplemental Deductible Coverage (PowerPoint Oct 2007)

 Producer Preferences for Agricultural, Food, and Public Policy: A Wisconsin Perspective (Oct 2006)

 

Crop Insurance

Bulletins

 Crop Insurance: Late and Prevented Planting and Replant (May 2017) NEW

 Wet Wisconsin: Moldy Corn and Crop Insurance (Sept 2016) NEW

 Cover Crops and Crop Insurance 2016 (May 2016)

 Supplemetnal Coverage Option (SCO) for Winter Wheat (Fact Sheet Aug 2014)

 Prevented Planting Options (June 2013)

 Late and Prevented Planting Crop Insurance Coverage (May 2013)

 Cover Crops for Forage: Crop Insurance Rules Change (Jan 2013)

 Drought 2012: Moldy Corn and Crop Insurance (Sep 2012)

 Drought 2012: Crop Insurance Rule Changes for Emergency Forage (Aug 2012)

 Drought 2012: Emergency Forage and Crop Insurance (Aug 2012)

 Drought 2012: Forward Contracts and Crop Insurance (July 2012)

 Drought and Crop Insurance: Patience Please (July 2012)

 Crop Insurance Implications of Planting Crops Early (March 2012)

 Insuring Grapes with a NAP Policy in Wisconsin (March 2012)

 Hints for Using Crop Insurance in 2012 (Feb 2012)

 Pasture Rangeland and Forage (PRF) Crop Insurance (Sep 2011)

 Hints for Using Crop Insurance in 2011 (Feb 2011)

 Cover Crops and Crop Insurance (Sept 2010)

 Insuring Forage Crops for SURE (Sept 2010)

 Hints for Using Crop Insurance in 2009 (Dec 2008)

 Gross Margin Insurance for Dairy: What Is It and Can It Be Used for Risk Management (Aug 2008)

 Practical Recommendations for Filing Late & Prevented Planting or Replant Claims (June 2008)

 Hints for Using Crop Insurance in 2008 (Jan 2008)

 Is GRP a Good Deal for My Corn? (Jan 2008)

 Tables of Expected Net Returns to GRP in 2008 (Excel Spreadsheet Jan 2008)

 Crop Insurance, Flooding, and Drought: Alternative Uses of Insured Crops (Aug 2007)

 Frost Damage and Crop Insurance Replant Provisions (May 2007)

 Late and Prevented Planting and Replant Provisions (June 2008)

 Drought and Alternative Uses of Insured Crops: Can I Chop My Insured Corn? (July 2005)

 Livestock Risk Protection (Nov 2004)

 Soybean Rust and Crop Insurance (2005)

 Soybean Rust Management Activities Documentation Template (2005)

 Overview of Federal Crop Insurance in Wisconsin (Nov 2005)

PowerPoint Presentations

 Crop Insurance Options for Wisconsin Grape Growers (Jan 2013)

 Wisconsin Crop Insurance Update for 2013 (Jan 2013)

 Cover Crops for Forage: Crop Insurance Rules Change (Jan 2013)

 Update on Federal Crop Insurance Now and in the Future (Oct 2012)

 ACRE, SURE and Crop Insurance Update (PowerPt Jan 2011)

 Insuring Forage for SURE Eligibility and Cover Crops: Iowa and Wisconsin (Nov. 2010)

 Integrating ACRE, SURE and Crop Insurance (Jan 2010)

 How Should Extension Economists Talk about Crop Insurance with Farmers? (May 2009)

 Understanding Farm Programs: Crop Insurance, ACRE and SURE (Jan 2009)

 Managing Risk in the Produce Market: Where Crop Insurance Fits (Mar 2008)

 Crop Insurance Overview and Hints (Feb 2008)

 Crop Insurance Update for ANRE Team Grains Teleconference (Nov 2007)

 Crop Insurance and Processing Vegetables (Mar 2007)

 Crop Insurance: Expanded Hints and APH Analysis in Juneau and Adams Counties (Jan 2007)

 Crop Insurance: Helpful Hints and GRP Analysis in Juneau, Adams, and Marquette Counties (Aug 2006)

 Value of AGR-Lite for Wisconsin Growers (Feb 2007)

 Federal Crop Insurance in Wisconsin (Nov 2005)

 Livestock Risk Protection (Feb 2005)

 

Federal Disaster Assistance

 Insuring Forage Crops for SURE (Sept 2010)

 Don't Forget About SURE (Sept 2010)

 Integrating ACRE, SURE and Crop Insurance (PowerPoint Jan 2010)

 Federal Disaster Assistance for Farmers Affected by the Recent Floods (Sept 2010)

 

Crop Economics

 What's Driving Ag and Food Prices? (PowerPt Sep 2011)

 Corn Seeding Densities and Transgenic Traits: Economics and Farmer Behavior (PowerPoint Jan 2010)

 Input Prices: Long Term Trends and Short Run Realities (PowerPoint Feb 2009)

 Input Prices: Where Are They Now and Where Are They Going? (PowerPoint Nov 2008)

 The New Economics of Grain Production (PowerPoint Jan 2008)

 The New Economics of Crop Production: Crop Consultants Perspective (PowerPoint Mar 2008)

 Growing Potatoes in the New BioEconomy (PowerPoint Feb 2008)

 How to Continue to Grow Quality Potatoes with Skyrocketing Costs? (PowerPoint Feb 2007)

 

Potatoes and Vegetables

Documents

 VEGGIE COMPASS EXAMPLE SPREADSHEET

 Economic Impact of Specialty Crop Production and Processing in Wisconsin (Dec 2010) High Res Version

 Crop Insurance Practices and Experiences of Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers (Aug 2009)

 Farm Bill: What it Means for Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers (Aug 2008)

 Sustainable Potato Production: A Means to An End? (April 2008)

 Potato Demand in an Increasingly Organic World (Oct 2007)

 Estimate Your Cost of POTATO Production (Feb 2006)       (Spreadsheet)

 Sweet Corn for Processing: Value and Risk of IPM for European Corn Borer (2006)     MN Extension Web Page

 Risk Management Framework to Improve IPM Decision-Making (2006)     MN Extension Web Page

 Risk and the Value of Additional Insecticide Applications for ECB Control in Sweet Corn (Dec 2005)

PowerPoint Presentations

 Measuring Ag Sustainability: An Update for Vegetable Growers (Presentation Feb 2013)

 Economic Impact of Processing Vegetables in Wisconsin (PowerPt Mar 2011)

 Areawide Suppression of European Corn Borer (PowerPt Mar 2011)

 The Effect of New Health Legislation on Farms (PowerPt Feb 2011)

 Cost of Vegetable Production and Risk Management (PowerPt Feb 2011)

 Risk Management and Processing Crops (Mar 2009)

 Input Prices: Long Term Trends and Short Run Realities (Feb 2009)

 Veggie Compass: Which Way Do You Want To Grow? (Jan 2009)

 Input Prices: Where Are They Now and Where Are They Going? (Nov 2008)

 Growing Potatoes in the New BioEconomy (Feb 2008)

 Potato Demand in an Increasingly Organic World (2008)

 Crop Insurance and Processing Vegetables (Mar 2007)

 How to Continue to Grow Quality Potatoes with Skyrocketing Costs? (Feb 2007)

 Economics and Risk of Sweet Corn IPM (April 2006)

 Risk and the Value of Additional Insecticide Applications for ECB Control in Sweet Corn (Dec 2005)

 

Insect and Weed Management

Documents

 Wisconsin Winning against Glyphosate Resistant Weeds (Mar 2009)

 Sweet Corn for Processing: Value and Risk of IPM for European Corn Borer (2006)     MN Extension Web Page

 Risk Management Framework to Improve IPM Decision-Making (2006)     MN Extension Web Page

 Can Proactive Herbicide Resistance Management Pay? (Feb 2006)

 Risk and the Value of Additional Insecticide Applications for ECB Control in Sweet Corn (Dec 2005)

 Expected Net Benefit and Break-Even Probability for Corn Borer Bt Corn in Wisconsin

 Expected Net Benefit and Break-Even Probability for Corn Borer Bt Corn (Shorter Version)

 Expected Net Benefit and Break-Even Probability for Corn Borer Bt Corn (One Page Announcement)

PowerPoint Presentations

 Pest Resistance and New Realities for Spray Applications (PowerPoint pdf July 2013)

 Areawide Suppression of European Corn Borer (PowerPt Mar 2011)

 Economics of Roundup Ready Crops: Farmer Benefits & Impact of Weed Resistance (Power Point Jan 2010)

 How Prices and Cost Affect IPM (Jan 2008)

 Hierarchical Modeling and the Economics of Risk in IPM (Mar 2008)

 Costs and Benefits of Controlling Corn Rootworm: The USA Experience (April 2007)

 Stacks of Bills vs. Stacks of Genes: Economics of Planting Transgenic Seeds (Feb 2007)

 What have Transgenic Crops Meant for U.S. Farmers? An Economic Perspective (Nov 2006)

 Adverse Selection, Moral Hazard and Grower Compliance with Bt Corn Refuge (Nov 2006)

 Economics and Risk of Sweet Corn IPM (April 2006)

 Expected Net Benefit and Break-Even Probability for Corn Borer Bt Corn in Wisconsin (Jan 2006)

 Risk and the Value of Additional Insecticide Applications for ECB Control in Sweet Corn (Dec 2005)

 Economics of Control Options for the Western Corn Rootworm Soybean Variant (Dec 2004)

Spreadsheet Decision Aids

 Calculate Your Net Benefit and Break-Even Probability for Corn Borer Bt Corn in Wisconsin

 Calculate Your Net Benefit and Break-Even Probability for Western Corn Rootworm Control Using Soybean Trap Counts

 

Cost of Production Materials

Spreadsheets

 Wisconsin IRRIGATED CORN Budget (2014)

 Corn-Soybeans-Small Grains Detailed Cost of Production Estimator (2006)

 Wisconsin IRRIGATED CORN Budget (2006)

 IRRIGATION Cost Estimator for Wisconsin (2006)

 Fast and Simple Method to Estimate Typical Machinery Costs (2005)

 Estimate Your Cost of POTATO Production (2005)

PowerPoint Presentations

 Wisconsin IRRIGATED CORN Budget (2006)

 Strawberry Enterprise Budgeting (May 2007)

 CRANBERRY Boom Sprayer Cost Estimate (2005)

Documentation and Bulletins

 Fast and Simple Method to Estimate Typical Machinery Costs (2005)

 Estimate Your Cost of POTATO Production (2006)

 CRANBERRY Boom Sprayer Cost Estimate (2005)

 Strawberry Enterprise Budgeting Resources (May 2007)

 

Miscellaneous

 Communicating Controversial Science to the Public: Overveiw of GM Crops and Neonicotinoids (ANRE Conference Oct 2014)

 Flat Objective Problem and Risk, or Why Farmers Seem to Over Use Inputs (UW N Summit March 2014)

 Meta-Economics of Cover Crops (PowerPoint pdf Mar 2014)

 What Farmers Think About Climate Change (Pecha Kachu from WI Sustinabity Forum Feb 2014)

 Economic Impact of Specialty Crop Production and Processing in Wisconsin (Dec 2010)   High Res Version

 Status of the Wisconsin Ginseng Industry (Feb 2009)

 Prescribed Burner Liability Insurance: Actuarial Analysis of Survey Data (Dec 2006)

     Mail Survey Data     Telephone Survey Data     Premium Calculator

 Virginia Addendum to the Prescribed Burner Liability Insurance Actuarial Analysis (May 2007)

 Flooding on the Farm: Effects of Floods on Agriculture (Aug 2008)

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