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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
Sep 24, 2013

Farm safety concerns during corn, soybean harvest

As we enter full-scale corn and soybean harvest for the 2013 growing season, it is a good time for farm families to review the farm safety procedures....More
Sep 17, 2013

September 2013 USDA Crop Production summary

The USDA Crop Production Report released on Sept. 12 made a slight increase in the expected U.S. corn production for 2013, as compared to the August....More
Sep 10, 2013

Late-season drought could affect corn, soybean yields

The continuing dry weather pattern in many areas of southern and western Minnesota, and adjoining areas of northern Iowa, has raised further concerns....More
Sep 03, 2013

Crop insurance has strong support

Many farm operators across the Upper Midwest are facing some crop loss in 2013, due to late and prevented planting this past spring, and now from....More
Aug 27, 2013

2013 crop concerns continue

As we approach the end of the 2013 growing season, there are remaining concerns with this year’s corn and soybean crop across most of the Upper....More
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