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Jan 08, 2013

Farm Bill Extension for 2013

As part of the congressional agreement that was passed to avoid the fiscal cliff, the 2008 Farm Bill was extended through the 2013 crop year, and....More
Jan 01, 2013

2013 Outlook: Farm Bill, Crop Production, Land Values, Livestock, Biofuels

2013 is setting up to be another interesting year in the agriculture industry, following a very profitable year in 2012 for most crop producers in....More
Dec 25, 2012

2012 Ag Review: Input Costs, Grain Prices

This is the second of a two-part article highlighting what happened agriculturally in 2012. This article will focus on a review of 2012 input costs....More
Dec 11, 2012

Prospects for a New Farm Bill

The 2008 Farm Bill expired on Sept. 30, 2012, and some programs will be discontinued without a new farm bill, or an extension of the 2008 Farm Bill....More
Dec 04, 2012

Fiscal Cliff Will Affect Farm Operators

The so-called “fiscal cliff” is a name that has been attached to the combination off spending cuts and tax increases at the federal level that are....More
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
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