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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
Mar 19, 2013

National Agriculture Week 2013

National Ag Week is being celebrated March 17-23 all across the United States, with Tuesday, March 19, being designated as National Ag Day. As we....More
Mar 12, 2013

Future of the Conservation Reserve Program

In 2013, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is celebrating its 27th anniversary, and over two and a half decades of conservation success. CRP was....More
Mar 05, 2013

Crop Insurance Decision Time

March 15 is the deadline to purchase crop insurance for the 2013 crop year for corn, soybeans and spring wheat in Upper Midwest states. As of March 1....More
Feb 26, 2013

Grain Prices Likely to Become a Bigger Challenge

If you go to almost any rural community and ask someone what the current cash corn price is, you are likely to get a response of “somewhere between $....More
Feb 19, 2013

Crop Insurance Deadline is March 15

March 15 is the deadline to purchase crop insurance for the 2013 crop year. A good crop insurance program is a key part of a solid risk-management....More
Feb 12, 2013

Corn Supply Increased Slightly in Feb. 8 WASDE

On Feb. 8, USDA released the latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) Report, which showed slight increase in the expected U.S....More
Feb 05, 2013

2013 Farm Program Signup

In early January, Congress voted to extend the 2008 Farm Bill, which expired on Sept. 30, 2012, for an additional year, with a new expiration date of....More
Jan 29, 2013

5 Lessons Learned from the 2012 Drought

The 2012 crop year and the major drought that affected much of the United States is now behind us; however, many areas of the western Corn Belt,....More
Jan 22, 2013

Trend-Adjusted APH Yield Option Continues for 2013

Now is the time to start planning crop insurance strategies for the 2013 crop year, even though the crop insurance enrollment deadline for corn,....More
Jan 15, 2013

Jan. 11 USDA Report Recap

As expected, the USDA Crop Production Report released on Jan. 11 indicates that the total U.S. corn crop in 2012 will decline significantly, and the....More
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