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Nov 24, 2015

Potential recalculation of ARC-CO payments

Farm operators who have had their 2014 ARC-CO payments negatively affected by the choice of their FSA administrative county have until Feb. 1, 2016,....More
Nov 17, 2015

USDA increases expected 2015 crop production

In most instances, when USDA projects a large crop for a given year, it usually gets even bigger as the crop is being harvested. This was certainly....More
Nov 10, 2015

Caution advised on high land rental rates

Two factors are leading some farm operators to be overly optimistic about crop income expectations for 2016, and is also resulting in some landlords....More
Nov 03, 2015

Crop insurance payments less likely in 2015

As the 2015 corn and soybean harvest season is wrapping up, some producers have wondered if there will be any 2015 crop insurance payments, given the....More
Oct 27, 2015

Clarifying 2014 ARC-CO payments

The first confusion surrounding ARC-CO payments is why producers in one county get the maximum payment for a crop for the 2014 crop year, and....More
Oct 20, 2015

Strong crop yields across Upper Midwest

Many farm operators in Minnesota, northern Iowa and eastern South Dakota are experiencing some the best corn and soybean yields in their farming....More
Oct 13, 2015

USDA crop report increases yield

The increased corn and soybean yields in the latest USDA Report was more than offset by reductions in the estimated harvested acreage for both crops....More
Oct 06, 2015

Final 2014 market year average prices announced

The final 2014 MYA prices announced by the National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) were $3.70 per bushel for corn, and $10.10 per bushel for soybeans....More
Sep 29, 2015

Lower crop prices should impact land rental rates

Average rental rates for 2015 did drop a bit in some areas, but in general have remained quite high across the region. Farm operators and landlords....More
Sep 22, 2015

Upper Midwest corn, beans ready for harvest

The warm late growing season this year has pushed the 2015 corn and soybean crop very rapidly toward maturity. Soybean harvest has begun on some....More
Sep 15, 2015

Sequestration likely to affect farm program payments

Many farm operators in the Upper Midwest are anticipating significant county-based Ag Risk Coverage (ARC-CO) farm program payments on corn for the....More
Sep 08, 2015

How big will corn yields be?

Most crop experts are now agreeing that Minnesota may be the “sweet spot” for 2015 crop yields, especially for corn yields. In the last USDA Crop....More
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Aug 31, 2015

2014 ARC-CO payments likely

It appears highly likely that many crop producers in Minnesota and northern Iowa who are enrolled in the county yield-based Ag Risk Coverage (ARC-CO....More
Aug 25, 2015

Farm program enrollment deadline is September 30

Farm operators are facing one more important deadline for the ARC/PLC Farm Program for the 2014 and 2015 crop years. They need to enroll in the farm....More
Aug 18, 2015

USDA crop report surprises grain trade

The USDA Crop Report issued on August 12 estimated the 2014 total U.S. corn production to be just under 13.7 billion bushels, which would be third-....More
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