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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
Jun 16, 2015

Avian flu outbreaks slow, but impacts continue

Even though the number of avian flu cases has waned in recent weeks, the economic impacts of the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history are not....More
Jun 09, 2015

Low corn, soybean prices challenge farmers

The consistently high cash price levels for corn and soybeans from 2011-2013 made grain marketing decisions pretty easy for many producers. By....More
Jun 02, 2015

Custom farming agreement rates, benefits, considerations2

An alternative to leasing farmland is a Custom Farming Agreement. In a typical custom farming agreement, the custom operator agrees to perform all....More
May 26, 2015

Crop conditions fairly good; conservation compliance deadline looming

After an almost perfect planting season through late April and early May in most of the Upper Midwest, a few more crop challenges have occurred in....More
May 19, 2015

May 12 WASDE shows large grain stocks

The USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) Report released on May 12 was regarded as mainly neutral for the corn market and....More
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