Focus on Ag http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/70021/feed Timely information on crop and livestock production, farm management and marketing, ag policy, renewable energy and other ag topics. en USDA lowers expected 2014 corn production http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-lowers-expected-2014-corn-production <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>In most instances, record USDA crops get even bigger as the crop is being harvested; however the Nov. 10 USDA Crop Report lowered the expected 2014 expected U.S. corn production by 68 million from the October estimate. The Nov. 1 USDA estimate lowered corn yield estimates by 5 bushels per acre in Minnesota and by 2 bushels per acre in Iowa, as compared to the October estimate. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-lowers-expected-2014-corn-production" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-lowers-expected-2014-corn-production#comments Corn Marketing Prices Focus on Ag Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:53:00 +0000 94511 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Caution advised on high land rental rates http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/caution-advised-high-land-rental-rates <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Lower corn and soybean prices are causing some concern among farm operators, as they negotiate land rental rates for the 2015 crop year. Some 2015 land rental rates may be set at levels that do not offer much opportunity for profit potential from crop production in 2015, or could even result in a significant net loss to the farm operator.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/caution-advised-high-land-rental-rates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/caution-advised-high-land-rental-rates#comments Issues Management Focus on Ag Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:04:00 +0000 94411 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 2014 Crop insurance harvest prices finalized http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-crop-insurance-harvest-prices-finalized <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Many farmers with final 2014 corn and soybean yields below actual production history (APH) crop yields who had a revenue protection (RP) crop insurance policy in place in 2014, will likely be able to collect a crop insurance indemnity payment on the crop losses incurred this year. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-crop-insurance-harvest-prices-finalized" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-crop-insurance-harvest-prices-finalized#comments Corn Soybeans Crop insurance Focus on Ag Tue, 04 Nov 2014 22:09:00 +0000 94251 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Price increases could impact crop insurance payments for 2014 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/price-increases-could-impact-crop-insurance-payments-2014 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Even with projected record U.S. production of both corn and soybeans in 2014, the market prices of both crops have risen during the month of October. While the recent improvement in grain prices is generally good news to crop producers, it could be costly to farm operators that will likely qualify for 2014 crop insurance indemnity payments.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/price-increases-could-impact-crop-insurance-payments-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/price-increases-could-impact-crop-insurance-payments-2014#comments Issues Marketing Prices Focus on Ag Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:37:00 +0000 94171 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Corn, soybean harvest progressing nicely; yields vary http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/corn-soybean-harvest-progressing-nicely-yields-vary <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The fall harvest season started a bit later than normal in 2014, but has been progressing at a fairly nice pace in recent weeks across the region. In the areas that did not receive a killing frost in September, most crops were allowed to reach full maturity, which will likely add some yield and the quality of the corn and soybeans. Areas affected by the early frost, have reported reduced soybean yields, as well as some quality issues with the corn.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/corn-soybean-harvest-progressing-nicely-yields-vary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/corn-soybean-harvest-progressing-nicely-yields-vary#comments Corn Focus on Ag Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:57:00 +0000 94021 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com USDA increases estimated crop yield http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-increases-estimated-crop-yield <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The Oct. 10 USDA Crop Report showed an increase for both U.S. corn and soybean yields, as compared to September report. This corresponds closely to actual corn and soybean yields being reported from many areas of the eastern and southern Corn Belt, which have been better than expected.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-increases-estimated-crop-yield" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-increases-estimated-crop-yield#comments Corn Soybeans Focus on Ag Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:50:00 +0000 93951 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Lower crop prices may impact land rental rates http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/lower-crop-prices-may-impact-land-rental-rates <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Average rental rates for 2014 were as high as, or even higher than, 2013 land rental rates in most situations across the region. Farm operators and landlords are now beginning the process of negotiating land rental contracts for the 2015 crop year, and are trying to arrive at equitable rental rates. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/lower-crop-prices-may-impact-land-rental-rates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/lower-crop-prices-may-impact-land-rental-rates#comments Corn Marketing Soybeans Prices Focus on Ag Mon, 06 Oct 2014 20:22:00 +0000 93801 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Slow start to harvest in the Upper Midwest http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/slow-start-harvest-upper-midwest <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>A lot of corn and soybeans in southern Minnesota have turned color, and appear to be mature; however, much of this visual appearance was the result of damage following the early frost on Sept. 13 and 14, and not from the natural maturing process of the crop. A limited amount of soybean harvesting has begun in some areas, mainly on some earlier soybean varieties that were planted on a timely basis last spring.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/slow-start-harvest-upper-midwest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/slow-start-harvest-upper-midwest#comments Corn Soybeans corn harvest soybean harvest Focus on Ag Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:40:00 +0000 93681 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 2014 Crop insurance payments likely (in Minnesota) http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-crop-insurance-payments-likely-minnesota <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The continued low CBOT corn and soybean prices increases the likelihood of significant 2014 crop insurance indemnity payments for many Minnesota farm operators that have 80% and 85% RP insurance policies in place. Crop insurance payments may not be as widespread in states such as Iowa and Illinois, which are likely to have much higher 2014 corn and soybean yield levels than will exist in much of Minnesota.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-crop-insurance-payments-likely-minnesota" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-crop-insurance-payments-likely-minnesota#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Crop Focus on Ag Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:06:00 +0000 93541 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com USDA projects record 2014 crop production http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-projects-record-2014-crop-production <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The USDA Crop Production Report released Sept. 11 is projecting record U.S. production in 2014 for both corn and soybeans. Production levels for both crops were increased by about 3% in the latest USDA report, as compared to the August USDA report. USDA left the anticipated harvested acres for corn at 83.8 million acres, and for soybeans at 84.1 million acres, which are unchanged from the Aug. 1 estimate. </p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/focus-ag">Focus on Ag</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-projects-record-2014-crop-production" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-projects-record-2014-crop-production#comments Corn Soybeans Prices USDA Focus on Ag Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:08:00 +0000 93411 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com