Last Updated: 2/15/2018
Margin Protection (MP) is a new crop insurance coverage option that provides producers with coverage against an unexpected decrease in their operating margin. The plan provides coverage that is based on an expected margin, which is the expected area revenue minus the expected area operating costs, for each applicable crop, type and practice. MP is area-based coverage and may not necessarily reflect a producer’s individual experience.

Updated Expected County Yields were provided for corn on 09/14/2017. These have been incorporated into the site. All yields displayed on this site are based on the most current yields we have been provided, are fully accurate given current data, and are not final or official until they have been officially published. A map displaying the change in yields between the previously posted values and the updated values is available at this link.

* Announcement: The Margin Protection 2018 crop year updated materials are available at the bottom of this page under “Downloadable Content” and at RMA’s Website at

Margin Protection Daily Margins and Premiums are available for viewing and downloading 

2016 & 2017 Crop Years - Margin Protection data are available for viewing and downloading 

The MP Website Quoter is now available for the 2018 Crop Year. Daily estimates use current settlement prices. Once Price Discovery Period begins prices will be an average. 

Coverage under MP and MP-HPO is offered based on grain yields (bu/ac), prices ($/bu), revenues ($/ac) and costs ($/ac) for all types for which there are MP offers in the county.

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This MP Webpage allows users to input information and see estimates of margins and premiums. Pages shown at this location are estimates only. Three days after the projected price discovery period the final MP margins and premiums are available for download at this location These margins and premiums per acre will be the same as published by RMA in the AIB.

All program counties listed in the MP website pdf files may not be listed with margin and premium if there are issues with data.

The price discovery periods for MP corn, soybeans and wheat begins August 15th. After that date daily prices will be shown at “Price Discovery.” These prices are used to develop the Margin projected price and Projected input prices for MP. Estimates of the Expected Margins and Premiums will be shown daily based upon the projected prices during price discovery.

The first price discovery period for rice begins December 15th. Rice will show estimates until rice price discovery begins. These estimates before price discovery are based on the previous month of prices.

MP is offered either as a stand-alone policy (as quoted above using current market data and simulations) or in conjunction with an individual buy up base policy. If a grower chooses to purchase both MP and a Yield Protection or Revenue Protection policy (plan codes 01, 02, 03), the premium for MP will be reduced. The amount of the reduction cannot be known definitively until all information needed to establish liability under the base policy is known. The premium displayed is the maximum amount of premium per acre that could be owed for MP given the estimated market values and assuming no individual policy is purchased.

* Notice: Freight Investor Services (FIS) unexpectedly recently suspended price reporting after the 2017 crop year’s contract change date. The owners of the Margin Protection policy are in the process of updating it to transition to an active market to support price discovery for fertilizer inputs in all future years. For all Margin Protection offers for the 2017 crop year, MAP/DAP, and Urea fertilizer prices used in the computation of projected margins are unable to be obtained as a result of no trading activity for fertilizer contracts on the Freight Investor Services data source indicated in the Margin Protection policy provisions. In accordance with Section 2(f) of the Margin Protection policy provisions, if one or more projected input prices cannot be determined, the margin projected price and the margin harvest price for that input will be set to zero for the crop year. Thus, projected and harvest Margin Protection urea and DAP/MAP prices for the 2017 crop year for all offers will be set to zero, and receive zero volatility for those components. The remaining components of expected and final costs will be determined and published as per the MPP.

Please Note: offers a premium credit estimator for public use. It is very important to understand that each value provided is only an estimate and cannot currently consider all of the variables that will be used in determining the actual credit that applies for any given policy. For most policies and situations, the estimates provided will be accurate and meaningful, but there will be scenarios where acreage reports or other variables will differ from current expectations and these can have important impacts on premium credits. We accept no liability for estimates that differ from final values.

When considering the estimate provided here, please keep in mind variables like the actual unit history and acreage planted cannot be known until acreage reporting is complete. Prices and volatilities that have not completed discovery introduce additional unpredictability. There are also a number of caps on the amount of credit that are applied based on information that is not definitively known until after acreage reporting. These caps (assuming a 1.00 protection factor) include a minimum final total MP premium (MP premium less a simulated credit) of $0.50/ac, a limit on the amount of credit not to exceed 70% of the gross MP premium, and a limit on the amount of the credit not to exceed 70% of the base policy premium. These are applied proportionally for other protection factors.

The premium credit is applied to the MP premium established at the end of the MP projected price discovery period (September 15 for corn and soybeans) and has no impact on the amount of base policy premium.