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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
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
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