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Feb 24, 2015

Time to finalize 2015 crop insurance decisions

Profit margins for crop production this year are the tightest that they have been for several years, which makes 2015 crop insurance decisions....More
Feb 17, 2015

New crop insurance options for 2015

Profit margins for crop production this year are the tightest that they have been for several years, which makes the 2015 crop insurance decisions....More
Feb 10, 2015

Farm program deadlines approaching

The deadline to finalize decisions on base acre reallocation and updating payment yields at local Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices is Feb 27. The....More
Feb 02, 2015

8 Tips for risk management in 2015

It appears we are definitely likely to see much tighter profit margins in corn and soybean production in 2015 and beyond, as compared to profit....More
Jan 27, 2015

Cash flow planning with PLC, ARC-CO, ARC-IC

Those currently involved in doing cash flow planning may wonder what amount, if any, can be included in a cash flow projection for estimated farm....More
Jan 20, 2015

USDA report recap, January 2015

As expected, the USDA Crop Production Report released on Jan. 12 indicates that both the total U.S. corn production and soybean production for 2014....More
Jan 13, 2015

Management strategies for 2015

In 2015, crop revenues are likely to be significantly reduced compared to revenue levels in recent years. 2015 crop input costs for seed, fertilizer....More
Jan 06, 2015

Market year average prices affect farm program decisions

One of the key components for farm operators to understand as they evaluate the new farm program options is the concept of Market Year Average (MYA)....More
Dec 30, 2014

Agriculture in 2015: Farm program sign-up, renewable fuels, crop production and land values

2015 is setting up to be another interesting year in the agriculture industry, following a fairly profitable year in 2014 for many livestock....More
Dec 22, 2014

2014 Agriculture review, part 2: Input costs, grain prices and farm economy

This is the second of a two-part article highlighting what happened agriculturally in 2014. Last week’s article provided a review of 2014 crop....More
Dec 16, 2014

2014 Agriculture review, part 1: Planting and growing conditions

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....More
Dec 09, 2014

Fine tune 2015 profit margins for your farm: Land rental rates, production expenses

The combination of lower projected corn prices and soybean prices in 2015, together with nearly steady input costs for seed, fertilizer, and....More
Dec 02, 2014

Finalizing custom rates for 2014

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....More
Nov 25, 2014

Farm program signup begins

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....More
Nov 18, 2014

USDA lowers expected 2014 corn production

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....More
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