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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
Apr 08, 2014

Another late spring on the horizon

It appears that 2014 will likely be similar to 2013, with a later-than-normal initiation of spring fieldwork in many areas of the Upper Midwest. This....More
Apr 01, 2014

March 31 USDA reports recap

On March 31, USDA released the Prospective Plantings Report and quarterly Grain Stocks Report. These were very highly anticipated USDA Reports, due....More
Mar 25, 2014

Agriculture facts for National Ag Week 2014

National Ag Week is being celebrated March 23-30 all across the United States, as well as in Minnesota, with Tuesday, March 25, being designated....More
Mar 18, 2014

PEDV impact on the swine industry

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) is a newer swine disease that first entered the United States in May 2013, and is now causing major economic....More
Mar 11, 2014

New farm bill offers new farm program choices

Crop producers will be offered several one-time choices for their farm program participation, which will be in place through the 2018 crop year....More
Mar 04, 2014

Crop insurance decision time

March 15 is the deadline to purchase crop insurance for the 2014 crop year for corn, soybeans and spring wheat in Minnesota and other Upper Midwest....More
Feb 25, 2014

Looming price risk ahead for corn, soybeans

A year ago at this time, the local cash corn price in southern Minnesota was near $7 per bushel, compared to slightly over $4 per bushel in late....More
Feb 18, 2014

2014 crop insurance decisions

Producers have several crop insurance policy options to choose from, including yield protection (YP) policies and revenue protection (RP and RPE)....More
Feb 11, 2014

USDA WASDE report lowers corn supply

On Feb. 10, USDA released the latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) Report, which showed slight decrease in the expected U.S....More
Feb 04, 2014

House, Senate pass new farm bill

The new farm bill will reduce overall federal spending, will reduce total CRP acreage and will make some significant changes to farm commodity....More
Jan 27, 2014

Does farm size matter in bottom line profits?

According to recent studies by University of Illinois and University of Minnesota, There do not appear to be any advantages to larger farm sizes over....More
Jan 21, 2014

Dairy policy holding up farm bill, not nutrition program

A struggle over finalizing future dairy policy, rather than provisions for the Nutrition or Commodity Title, has stalled the farm bill process in....More
Jan 14, 2014

January 2014 USDA report summary

As expected, the USDA Crop Production Report released on Jan. 10 indicates that the total U.S. corn production for 2013 will increase significantly,....More
Jan 07, 2014

2014 Management strategies: Available cash, machinery investment, high-priced farmland

As we look ahead to 2014, crop revenues are likely to be significantly reduced compared to 2013 revenue levels. This means business and farm....More
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