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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
Aug 11, 2015

Crop development on track, despite dry conditions

While crop conditions across much of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest remain quite favorable, drier conditions have developed in portions of south-....More
Aug 05, 2015

Farmers' choice for farm programs

Farm operators in Minnesota, Iowa, and other Midwestern states overwhelmingly selected the Agricultural Risk Coverage-County (ARC-CO) farm program....More
Jul 27, 2015

Ag land values trending lower

Many agricultural experts and economists have been warning for the past couple of years that we could be headed for a significant correction in farm....More
Jul 21, 2015

Crop conditions hold steady in Upper Midwest

Crop conditions across most of Minnesota and much the Midwest have been quite favorable through the first half of the growing season. Crop conditions....More
Jul 14, 2015

Corn, soybean prices show strength following USDA reports

The USDA supply and remand report released July 10 provided some fairly positive numbers for future corn and soybean prices. The report showed....More
Jul 07, 2015

USDA report increases soybean acreage

The June 30 USDA report indicated that farmers planted less corn and more soybeans, compared to the USDA March Planting Intentions Report. USDA....More
Jun 30, 2015

Corn waist-high by 4th of July?

For generations, the standard measure for corn growth was knee-high by July 4th, which meant that the corn plant should be able to produce a crop for....More
Jun 22, 2015

WTO ruling challenges COOL regulations

In response to the latest WTO ruling, legislation has now been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that would eliminate the COOL requirements....More
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