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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
Dec 30, 2013

Looking ahead to 2014

2014 is setting up to be another interesting year in the agriculture industry, following a fairly profitable year in 2013 for many crop producers in....More
Dec 23, 2013

2013 Ag Review, Part 2

2013 brought higher input prices, volatile grain prices and despite those, a strong farm economy for most of the farmers in the Upper Midwest....More
Dec 17, 2013

2013 Ag review: Part 1

2013 will be remembered as a crop year with weather extremes and highly variable crop conditions in many areas of Minnesota and Iowa....More
Dec 03, 2013

2013 Custom rate adjustments

An increased number of farm operators are now providing some type of custom work to other farmers during the growing season. Many times, the farmers....More
Nov 26, 2013

Considerations for high land rental rates

Farm operators are encouraged to use caution when agreeing to high cash rental rates for 2014, or when bidding on rental rates for new crop land that....More
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