David Kohl

David Kohl

Dave Kohl, Corn & Soybean Digest trends editor, is an ag economist specializing in business management and ag finance. He recently retired from Virginia Tech, but continues to conduct applied research and travel extensively in the U.S. and Canada, teaching ag and banking seminars and speaking to producer and agribusiness groups. He can be reached at sullylab@vt.edu.

Posts by David Kohl

in Road Warrior Sep 17, 2013

An Aussie’s view of financial, business benchmarking: Part 4: Liquidity

Net working capital, measured by current assets minus current liabilities, is a measure of the current economic times in agriculture. To make it a....More
in Road Warrior Sep 10, 2013

An Aussie’s view of financial, business benchmarking: Part 3: Debt levels

If you have been following this series of articles on financial and business benchmarking, you know benchmarking is one of the top-10 best management....More
in Road Warrior Sep 03, 2013

An Aussie’s view of financial and business benchmarking, part 2: Profits

There are four cornerstones regardless of enterprise, size or location that need to be examined. First and foremost are profits, which are the....More
in Road Warrior Aug 27, 2013

An Aussie’s view of financial, business benchmarking in the ag industry: Part 1

I hit the jackpot the other day when I was in Des Moines, Iowa to speak to the New Century Farmer group. A chance meeting with an Australian farmer....More
in Road Warrior Aug 20, 2013

Attitude: A characteristic for success

Whether it is business, athletics, the classroom, or social interactions, attitude transcends society. Yes, as the road warrior, I am constantly....More
in Road Warrior Aug 15, 2013

Points of Advice for Young Producers: Part 2

My favorite advice is to prepare and use a written business plan. Vision, core values and goals, along with an outline of operations, finances, risk....More
in Road Warrior Aug 06, 2013

Points of Advice for Young Producers: Part 1

As many of you know, I conduct many programs for young and beginning producers. Sometimes the “young” attribute does not really apply, as many people....More
in Road Warrior Jul 30, 2013

Where is the Work in Working Capital?

A producer from Ohio really challenged a young lender the other day. He stated, “You lenders and academics preach that I need working capital....More
in Road Warrior Jul 23, 2013

Question of the Month: Chinese Purchase of Smithfield

Without a doubt, the most popular issue I have been asked about this month, and perhaps this year, by e-mail and at face-to-face and virtual seminars....More
in Road Warrior Jul 16, 2013

Bankers’ Views: Part 2

In the last column, discussion centered on bankers’ views on interest rates based upon seniors enrolled in the 64th annual session of the Graduate....More

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