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Feb 5, 2016
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Still betting on unknowns for the corn market?

I remain nervous about the outside macro space, slowing global growth and the fallout in crude oil. The "weather bull" inside us all continues give hope, but have to realistically ask yourself, "How much am I willing to bet on that unknown?"...More
Feb 2, 2016
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Adjusting to lower crop prices in 2016

The projected cash corn price for the 2015 crop, which is now in storage, is expected to remain at fairly modest levels until next summer, and expected prices for the 2016 corn crop are in a similar range. These price projections suggest that farm operators may need to adjust grain marketing plans and risk management strategies for 2016 and beyond....More
Feb 2, 2016
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International trade risk impact on agriculture industry

Historically, agriculture has led the rest of the economy going into an economic downturn. Will this historical pattern hold true again for the U.S.?...More
Jan 29, 2016
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Will weather offer upside potential for the corn market?

Corn bulls continue to talk about the very real possibility for extreme weather during the upcoming U.S. season, and I'm hearing more weather gurus talk about the rapidly declining El Niño, and the disruptions that could follow in it's wake....More
Jan 27, 2016
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Will low crop prices increase CRP acres?

There appears to be more interest in the CRP enrollment in 2016, due to the current lower crop prices and reduced farm profitability. FSA will rank all bid offers for the General CRP enrollment on the basis of the Environmental Benefits Index (EBI) to determine which CRP bids are accepted....More
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Conventional seed planting is on the rise, a trend driven by tight margins. (Read our recent story.) Will you trend toward more conventional seed in order to keep costs down? Or will you stick with stacks and traited hybrids? Take our latest poll and let us know what percentage of your acres will be conventional versus genetically modified hybrids.

 

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