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Nov 27, 2012

Custom Rates, Machinery Cost and Bin Checks

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 20, 2012

EPA Denies RFS Waiver

The EPA recently announced that it would be denying the request for a waiver of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). The EPA indicated that the agency....More
Nov 13, 2012

USDA Increases Expected Soybean Production

The USDA Crop Production report released on Nov. 9 increased the estimated total soybean production in 2012 to 2.97 billion bushels, which is 4%....More
Nov 06, 2012

Crop Insurance Prices Finalized

Now that the 2012 corn and soybean harvest season is completed, many farm operators are focusing their efforts on 2012 crop insurance claims. It is....More
Oct 30, 2012

Flexible Lease Details

We have received a large number of inquiries for information on the potential use of flexible cash leases for the 2013 crop year. Flexible leases....More
Oct 23, 2012

High Cash Rental Rates Increase Risk

The continued strength in corn and soybean commodity prices in the past few months, and the resulting increase in crop income per acre for 2012, has....More
Oct 16, 2012

USDA Crop Report Increase Minnesota Yield

The Oct. 11 USDA crop report showed significant increases for both corn and soybean yields in Minnesota, as compared to September crop report. This....More
Oct 09, 2012

Drought Continues, Harvest Wrapping Up

Even though the 2012 harvest season is rapidly drawing to a close, most areas of southern and western Minnesota remain in severe to extreme drought,....More
Oct 02, 2012

2012 Crop Insurance Considerations

With federal crop insurance, every year is different, and with the multiple options available to producers, there are many variable results from crop....More
Sep 25, 2012

Harvest Progresses Rapidly

Corn and soybean harvest is progressing at a very rapid rate in most portions of southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, as a result of almost perfect....More
Sep 18, 2012

Sept. 12 USDA Crop Report

The USDA Crop Report released on Sept. 12 made a slight decrease in the expected U.S. corn and soybean production for 2012, as compared to the August....More
Sep 11, 2012

2012 Corn Harvest Underway

The very warm growing season this year has pushed the 2012 corn crop very rapidly toward maturity. Corn harvest has begun in many areas of south-....More
Sep 04, 2012

RFS Being Challenged by Drought

The 2012 drought has brought the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) into the forefront. The RFS regulations are managed by the EPA, and those regulations....More
Aug 28, 2012

Crop Insurance Key to Farm Risk Management

Many farm operators across the upper Midwest are facing the most severe crop loss since 1988, with some producers facing the most significant drought....More
Aug 21, 2012

Livestock Industry Under Stress

The corn and soybean meal market prices have responded to the current U.S. drought with dramatic market increases. Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT)....More
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