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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
Nov 19, 2013

Farm bill conference continues

The 41 members of the U.S. House and Senate Conference Committee, designated to determine a new farm bill, are in the process of trying to reach a....More
Nov 12, 2013

USDA increases expected crop production

As expected, the USDA report released on Nov. 8 increased the estimated total corn and soybean production in 2013. Crop production estimates were....More
Nov 05, 2013

Farmland rental rates not reflecting lower crop prices

The very strong corn and soybean prices in the past couple of years, and the resulting increases in crop income per acre, have lead to significant....More
Oct 29, 2013

Propane shortage impacting corn harvest

Parts of the Upper Midwest are experiencing temporary shortages of propane (LP) gas to dry the corn that is currently being harvested. Propane....More
Oct 22, 2013

Harvest progressing nicely

The fall harvest season started a bit later than normal in 2013, but has been progressing at a fairly nice pace in recent weeks across the region....More
Oct 15, 2013

Government shutdown affects farmers

As of Oct. 1, the federal government officially went into a “shutdown” mode, meaning that all government services deemed as “non-essential” were....More
Oct 08, 2013

Crop insurance payments a possibility in 2013

Some farm operators in Minnesota, Iowa and surrounding states will be facing reduced yields on some farm units in 2013, due to very late planting,....More
Oct 01, 2013

Harvest season underway

Above-normal temperatures during the month of September in most of Minnesota have allowed the 2013 corn and soybean crop in many areas to either....More
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