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Apr 21, 2015

2015 Earth Day from an agriculture perspective

April 22 is Earth Day in 2015. In recent years, it has become quite common to point the finger of blame at agriculture production and farmers for....More
Apr 14, 2015

Corn planting ready to begin

Topsoil conditions this spring have been described as “almost ideal” for corn planting by farm operators and agronomists across southern and western....More
Apr 07, 2015

March USDA report recap

The large amount of corn and soybean bushels in on-farm storage, much of which is probably not priced, will likely make the grain market trends in....More
Mar 31, 2015

Custom farming rates increase for 2015

As has been the trend in recent years, average 2015 custom rates for farm work are likely to show a small increase, compared to 2015 custom rates....More
Mar 24, 2015

Future challenges for crop insurance

The Obama Administration and some members of Congress are currently proposing some major changes in the federal crop insurance program. At the same....More
Mar 17, 2015

National Ag Week 20152

National Ag Week is being celebrated March 15-21 all across the United States, with Wednesday, March 18, designated as National Ag Day. As we....More
Mar 10, 2015

Less than a month to make decisions on new farm programs

Most farm operators have been contemplating farm program choices for the new farm bill for the past 6-8 months; however, decision time has now....More
Mar 03, 2015

2014 Farm program payments become clearer

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the 2014 estimated average county yields for corn, soybeans and other crops in late....More
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
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