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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
May 12, 2015

Potential changes to actively engaged rules1

In late March, USDA announced some proposed revisions to the actively engaged rules that are designed to further clarify some of the definitions and....More
May 05, 2015

Corn, soybean planting rapidly progressing

The corn crop in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa was planted in very rapid fashion during the last half of April, as nearly ideal soil....More
Apr 28, 2015

Avian flu impact on farmers, ag economy

The deadly H5N2 virus, or avian flu virus (bird flu), was first detected in Minnesota in early March, but is now having an ever-increasing negative....More
Apr 21, 2015

2015 Earth Day from an agriculture perspective

April 22 is Earth Day in 2015. In recent years, it has become quite common to point the finger of blame at agriculture production and farmers for....More
Apr 14, 2015

Corn planting ready to begin

Topsoil conditions this spring have been described as “almost ideal” for corn planting by farm operators and agronomists across southern and western....More
Apr 07, 2015

March USDA report recap

The large amount of corn and soybean bushels in on-farm storage, much of which is probably not priced, will likely make the grain market trends in....More
Mar 31, 2015

Custom farming rates increase for 2015

As has been the trend in recent years, average 2015 custom rates for farm work are likely to show a small increase, compared to 2015 custom rates....More
Mar 24, 2015

Future challenges for crop insurance

The Obama Administration and some members of Congress are currently proposing some major changes in the federal crop insurance program. At the same....More
Mar 17, 2015

National Ag Week 20152

National Ag Week is being celebrated March 15-21 all across the United States, with Wednesday, March 18, designated as National Ag Day. As we....More
Mar 10, 2015

Less than a month to make decisions on new farm programs

Most farm operators have been contemplating farm program choices for the new farm bill for the past 6-8 months; however, decision time has now....More
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