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 Mar 24, 2015

Impact of family dynamic on business dynamics

How often do we find a major change in operations or expansion makes perfect economic sense; however, the important human elements trump economics....More
in Road Warrior Mar 17, 2015

Do you have the sixth C of credit?

The five Cs are important criteria for credit, but a sixth C is very important in terms of management, which frequently makes a difference in the....More
in Road Warrior Mar 10, 2015

Impact of education on income and unemployment

Education does have an impact on employment, income, and who participates in the workforce. Moving forward, the agriculture industry will be starved....More
in Road Warrior Mar 03, 2015

Should I buy the farm?

The first question I ask is, “Will the farm purchase be consistent with your business, family, and personal goals?” Too often investment decisions....More
in Road Warrior Feb 24, 2015

Farm working capital 101

By definition, working capital is current assets, which can be turned to cash in one year or less, minus current liabilities due within one year....More
in Road Warrior Feb 17, 2015

Ag borrowers who will struggle, part 2

There are certain characteristics of borrowers who will struggle at the end of the agricultural commodity super cycle. This includes farmers who won....More
in Road Warrior Feb 10, 2015

Ag borrowers who will struggle, part 1

In the coming years, there will be ag borrowers who will struggle. Three specific groups to watch are those businesses that utilized too much of....More
in Road Warrior Feb 03, 2015

Do you know your cost of production?

Many producers, including larger operations, quickly get themselves into a serious financial condition if they are complacent and fail to monitor....More
in Road Warrior Jan 27, 2015

Advice for teens who want to farm

At a recent event, David Kohl offered advice to teenagers who want to farm or be in the agriculture business. Focusing on different types of....More
in Road Warrior Jan 20, 2015

Decision making with negative margins, part 2: Returning to positive margins

Let’s examine five-steps for returning to positive margins in your agriculture business, in no particular order. Some of these steps can be used to....More

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