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Jul 09, 2013

Interesting USDA Reports for June 2013

The late June USDA Acreage and Grain Stocks Report is always highly anticipated because it becomes the first hard data after the March USDA Plantings....More
Jul 02, 2013

Corn: Knee-High By Fourth of July?

For generations, the standard measure for corn growth was “knee-high by fourth of July,” which meant that the corn plant should be able to produce a....More
Jun 25, 2013

New Farm Bill Defeated by House of Reps

After nearly two years of discussions and debate, a new farm bill appeared a bit closer to being enacted into law; however, on June 20, the U.S....More
Jun 18, 2013

June is Dairy Month

For decades in Minnesota, June has been known as Dairy Month. Following are some interesting facts and figures about the dairy industry:....More
Jun 11, 2013

Focus Shifts to Soybean Planting, Prevented Planting

The prevented and delayed corn and soybean planting in Minnesota is likely to have a bigger impact on the final statewide average yield in 2013 than....More
Jun 04, 2013

Prevented Planting Becomes the Focus of Farmers

It’s hard to believe that a mere two to three months ago we were still talking about continued drought in much of the Upper Midwest. Now, in some....More
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May 28, 2013

General CRP Sign-Up Underway

A general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) sign-up is currently occurring at local Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices throughout the United States....More
May 21, 2013

Corn Planting Progress Mixed

If you ask someone, “How much corn is planted, or how much spring fieldwork has occurred in your area?” the response is likely to be quite different....More
May 14, 2013

May 10 WASDE Could Cause Grain Market Concerns

The USDA Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WADSE) Reports released on May 10 were regarded as bearish for the corn....More
May 07, 2013

ACRE Program Decisions for 2013

The Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program was implemented by USDA for the 2009 crop year, as part of the 2008 Farm Bill, and continued for the....More
Apr 30, 2013

Waiting To Start Spring Field Work

Like the start of a big race, or the beginning of a championship game, farmers in Minnesota and Iowa are eagerly awaiting the initiation of full-....More
Apr 23, 2013

Earth Day 2013

For over four decades, an annual event called Earth Day has been held in late April across the United States, which has been a time for all U.S....More
Apr 16, 2013

8 Considerations with Custom Farming Agreements

An alternative to leasing farmland is a custom farming agreement. In a typical custom farming agreement, the custom operator agrees to perform all....More
Apr 09, 2013

Weather, Cold Soil Holding Back Planting in Minnesota, Iowa

In 2012, most farmers in southern Minnesota and Iowa began full-scale fieldwork during the week of April 10-17, with most of the corn being planted....More
Mar 26, 2013

2013 Custom Farming Rates Up Slightly from 2012

As would be expected with increasing fuel costs, average 2013 custom rates for farm work have a1so increased, compared to 2012 custom rates. Most....More
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