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 2014 Agriculture review, part 1: Planting and growing conditions http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-agriculture-review-part-1-planting-and-growing-conditions <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>2014 will be remembered as the second crop year in a row with weather extremes and highly variable crop conditions in many areas of Minnesota and Iowa. A mid-September frost across a wide area of south-central Minnesota and north-central Iowa resulted in an early end to a growing season, which already featured later than normal maturing crops. The end result was some very disappointing corn and soybean yields in many areas of Minnesota and northern Iowa. </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-agriculture-review-part-1-planting-and-growing-conditions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/2014-agriculture-review-part-1-planting-and-growing-conditions#comments Corn Soybeans corn production soybean production Focus on Ag Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:29:00 +0000 94991 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Fine tune 2015 profit margins for your farm: Land rental rates, production expenses http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/fine-tune-2015-profit-margins-your-farm-land-rental-rates-production-expenses <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The combination of lower projected corn prices and soybean prices in 2015, together with nearly steady input costs for seed, fertilizer, and chemicals, will limit estimated potential returns over direct expenses and land costs, at average crop yields. Another major variable in breakeven levels in crop production are loan payments on capital investments such as farm machinery, facilities and land purchases.</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/fine-tune-2015-profit-margins-your-farm-land-rental-rates-production-expenses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/fine-tune-2015-profit-margins-your-farm-land-rental-rates-production-expenses#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Management Focus on Ag Tue, 09 Dec 2014 17:18:00 +0000 94881 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Finalizing custom rates for 2014 http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/finalizing-custom-rates-2014 <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>An analysis of some of the more common custom rates in the 2014 Iowa Custom Rate Survey showed that the listed “average” custom rates for some farming practices may be a bit low, given the higher ownership costs of larger farm machinery, higher fuel expenses that have existed in 2014, and the difficult field conditions that existed in some areas. </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/finalizing-custom-rates-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/finalizing-custom-rates-2014#comments Corn Soybeans Crops Focus on Ag Tue, 02 Dec 2014 22:44:00 +0000 94751 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com Farm program signup begins http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/farm-program-signup-begins <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Sign-up for the new farm program, which part of the new farm bill, is now underway at local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices. The new farm program will be in place for the 2014 to 2018 crop years for all eligible crops under the Commodity Title of the 2014 Farm Bill, including corn, soybeans, wheat and other crops. </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-program-signup-begins" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://cornandsoybeandigest.com/blog/farm-program-signup-begins#comments Corn Issues Soybeans Farm Bill Focus on Ag Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:10:00 +0000 94661 at http://cornandsoybeandigest.com 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