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 Land owners will help make farm bill choices http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/land-owners-will-help-make-farm-bill-choices <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Land owners who do not farm their land are not typically involved in farm program decisions at FSA offices, as those decisions are usually made by farm operators. However, in the coming months, farm operators and land owners will have several one-time choices to make regarding their farm program participation for the 2014-2018 crop years, as part of the commodity title of the new farm bill. </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/land-owners-will-help-make-farm-bill-choices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/land-owners-will-help-make-farm-bill-choices#comments Issues Farm Bill Focus on Ag Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:52:00 +0000 92901 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Crop report recap http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/crop-report-recap <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The USDA Crop Report issued on August 12 estimated the 2014 total U.S. corn production to be just over 14.0 billion bushels, which would be new corn production record. This would be a slight increase from the 2013 production level of 13.9 billion bushels, and compares to 10.8 billion bushels in 2012.</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/crop-report-recap" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/crop-report-recap#comments Corn Marketing Soybeans corn production soybean production Focus on Ag Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:37:00 +0000 92791 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Potential for ACRE payments for 2013 corn http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/potential-acre-payments-2013-corn <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>It appears that corn producers in Minnesota and Iowa who remained in the ACRE program for the 2013 crop year will have a good chance of receiving an ACRE payment in October of this year. Any potential 2013 ACRE payments to qualifying farm operators will be sent out by local Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices after Oct. 1, 2014.</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/potential-acre-payments-2013-corn" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/potential-acre-payments-2013-corn#comments Corn Issues corn production Disaster Focus on Ag Tue, 12 Aug 2014 18:38:00 +0000 92641 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Farm bill program decision time http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/farm-bill-program-decision-time <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Farm operators and land owners will have several one-time choices to make in the coming months regarding their farm program participation for the 2014-2018 crop years. Since the commodity farm program choices are for five years, land owner approval and signatures will be required on all cash and share rented farm land. Some of the choices include: reallocation of crop base acres, farm program payment yields and risk programs.</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/farm-bill-program-decision-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/farm-bill-program-decision-time#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Farm Bill Focus on Ag Tue, 05 Aug 2014 17:41:00 +0000 92511 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Challenges remain for the 2014 corn, soybean crops in upper Corn Belt http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/challenges-remain-2014-corn-soybean-crops-upper-corn-belt <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Crop conditions across much the Midwest have been quite favorable through most of the growing season until late July, especially in the high-producing corn and soybean production states of Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, as well as other adjoining states. </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/challenges-remain-2014-corn-soybean-crops-upper-corn-belt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/challenges-remain-2014-corn-soybean-crops-upper-corn-belt#comments Corn Soybeans Focus on Ag Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:26:00 +0000 92351 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Candidate forums highlight Farmfest http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/candidate-forums-highlight-farmfest <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Farmfest 2014 will feature an exciting line-up of feature forums, including candidate forums for Minnesota governor, U.S. Senate and congressional candidates from Minnesota’s first, second, sixth and seventh districts. The forums will be held August 5, 6, and 7, in the Wicks Forum Building, near the center of the show site, which is located at the Gilfillan Estate, 7 miles southeast of Redwood Falls, 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/candidate-forums-highlight-farmfest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/candidate-forums-highlight-farmfest#comments Issues Management Focus on Ag Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:45:00 +0000 92221 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Corn, soybean prices drop after July WASDE report http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/corn-soybean-prices-drop-after-july-wasde-report <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) Report released July 11 provided more negative numbers for future corn and soybean prices. The report showed significant increases in the projected ending stocks for both corn and soybeans by Sept. 1, 2015. The report also verified the expectations for very good to excellent 2014 national corn and soybean yields in the U.S. Corn and soybean market prices have dropped dramatically in the past few weeks, which will likely have a significant financial impact on farm operators in the Upper Midwest.</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-prices-drop-after-july-wasde-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/corn-soybean-prices-drop-after-july-wasde-report#comments Corn Marketing Soybeans corn production soybean production Prices Focus on Ag Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:10:00 +0000 92101 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com USDA report shows increase in soybean acres http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-report-shows-increase-soybean-acres <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The late-June USDA Acreage Report is always highly anticipated, because it becomes the first hard data after the March USDA Plantings Intentions Report to give an indication of crop production levels in a given growing season, as of June 1. Many times the June USDA Report can have a big impact, either upwards or downwards, on grain market trends. </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-report-shows-increase-soybean-acres" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/usda-report-shows-increase-soybean-acres#comments Corn Marketing Soybeans National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) Focus on Ag Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:35:00 +0000 91951 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Are farm land values headed for a downturn? http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/are-farm-land-values-headed-downturn <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The moderation in commodity prices, along with the potential for increases in ag real estate interest rates, will likely continue to put downward pressure on land values. Some farm management analysts have suggested that a combination of these factors could result in average land values dropping by as much as one-third from the highest levels in the next few years. </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/are-farm-land-values-headed-downturn" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/are-farm-land-values-headed-downturn#comments Issues Marketing and Promotion Prices Focus on Ag Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:53:00 +0000 91861 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Severe storms cause damage, flooding in corn, soybean fields http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/severe-storms-cause-damage-flooding-corn-soybean-fields <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Large portions of southern Minnesota, northern Iowa and eastern South Dakota have been impacted by severe storms and have received excessive rainfall. This caused some property damage from strong winds, and caused considerable crop damage due to wind, hail and standing water in fields. </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/severe-storms-cause-damage-flooding-corn-soybean-fields" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/severe-storms-cause-damage-flooding-corn-soybean-fields#comments Corn Soybeans corn production soybean production Flooding Focus on Ag Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:28:00 +0000 91771 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com