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Oct 28, 2014

Price increases could impact crop insurance payments for 2014

Even with projected record U.S. production of both corn and soybeans in 2014, the market prices of both crops have risen during the month of October....More
Oct 21, 2014

Corn, soybean harvest progressing nicely; yields vary

The fall harvest season started a bit later than normal in 2014, but has been progressing at a fairly nice pace in recent weeks across the region. In....More
Oct 14, 2014

USDA increases estimated crop yield

The Oct. 10 USDA Crop Report showed an increase for both U.S. corn and soybean yields, as compared to September report. This corresponds closely to....More
Oct 06, 2014

Lower crop prices may impact land rental rates

Average rental rates for 2014 were as high as, or even higher than, 2013 land rental rates in most situations across the region. Farm operators and....More
Sep 30, 2014

Slow start to harvest in the Upper Midwest

A lot of corn and soybeans in southern Minnesota have turned color, and appear to be mature; however, much of this visual appearance was the result....More
Sep 23, 2014

2014 Crop insurance payments likely (in Minnesota)

The continued low CBOT corn and soybean prices increases the likelihood of significant 2014 crop insurance indemnity payments for many Minnesota farm....More
Sep 16, 2014

USDA projects record 2014 crop production

The USDA Crop Production Report released Sept. 11 is projecting record U.S. production in 2014 for both corn and soybeans. Production levels for both....More
Sep 09, 2014

Pay attention to FSA farm program information

There have been several reports of the data on some FSA units not being accurate, due to changes in FSA farm units that occurred in the past five....More
Sep 02, 2014

Late-season growing conditions could impact corn, soybean yields

A big challenge in many areas of the Upper Midwest is continued cooler than normal temperatures, and lower-than-normal accumulation of growing degree....More
Aug 26, 2014

Land owners will help make farm bill choices

Land owners who do not farm their land are not typically involved in farm program decisions at FSA offices, as those decisions are usually made by....More
Aug 19, 2014

Crop report recap

The USDA Crop Report issued on August 12 estimated the 2014 total U.S. corn production to be just over 14.0 billion bushels, which would be new corn....More
Aug 12, 2014

Potential for ACRE payments for 2013 corn

It appears that corn producers in Minnesota and Iowa who remained in the ACRE program for the 2013 crop year will have a good chance of receiving an....More
Aug 05, 2014

Farm bill program decision time

Farm operators and land owners will have several one-time choices to make in the coming months regarding their farm program participation for the....More
Jul 29, 2014

Challenges remain for the 2014 corn, soybean crops in upper Corn Belt

Crop conditions across much the Midwest have been quite favorable through most of the growing season until late July, especially in the high-....More
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
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