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Jul 22, 2014

Candidate forums highlight Farmfest

Farmfest 2014 will feature an exciting line-up of feature forums, including candidate forums for Minnesota governor, U.S. Senate and congressional....More
Jul 15, 2014

Corn, soybean prices drop after July WASDE report

The USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) Report released July 11 provided more negative numbers for future corn and soybean....More
Jul 07, 2014

USDA report shows increase in soybean acres

The late-June USDA Acreage Report is always highly anticipated, because it becomes the first hard data after the March USDA Plantings Intentions....More
Jun 30, 2014

Are farm land values headed for a downturn?

The moderation in commodity prices, along with the potential for increases in ag real estate interest rates, will likely continue to put downward....More
Jun 24, 2014

Severe storms cause damage, flooding in corn, soybean fields

Large portions of southern Minnesota, northern Iowa and eastern South Dakota have been impacted by severe storms and have received excessive rainfall....More
Jun 16, 2014

Dairy industry facts

For decades in Minnesota, June has been known as Dairy Month. Here are some interesting facts and figures about the Dairy industry....More
Jun 10, 2014

Corn, soybean prices more challenging

It appears the days of $6 corn prices, and maybe even $5 corn, are behind us for the foreseeable future. Projected significant increases in corn....More
Jun 03, 2014

Crop conditions mixed

Spring 2014 has been a battle for most Upper Midwest crop producers, as they have tried to get corn and soybeans planted on a timely basis. Some....More
May 27, 2014

2014 Custom farming agreements

Although the concept of a custom farming agreement is simple, close communication between the custom operator and the landowner is essential. A....More
May 20, 2014

Stick with full-season corn hybrids, despite later planting

Agronomists are advising growers to stick with planting full-season corn hybrids for about another week, probably until around May 25, before moving....More
May 13, 2014

USDA reports show increase in grain stocks

The USDA Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WADSE) Reports released on May 9 were regarded as neutral to bearish for....More
May 06, 2014

2012 Ag Census data provide an agriculture snapshot

The 2012 Ag Census data, showed a decrease in total farm numbers, with a lot of variation relative to farm size and scope, as well as increases in....More
Apr 29, 2014

Slow start to spring fieldwork

Very cool temperatures have existed across the region during most of the month of April, resulting in cold soil temperatures and soil conditions,....More
Apr 22, 2014

Earth Day 2014

In recent years, it has become fashionable to point the finger of blame at agriculture and farmers for many environmental issues. However, in reality....More
Apr 15, 2014

Farm custom rates increasing in 2014

As has been the trend in recent years, average 2014 custom rates for farm work are likely to show a small increase, compared to 2013 custom rates....More
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