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 Aug 25, 2015

Tips for millennial generation farmers

The millennial generation of producers will set new trends, use more advanced technology and take the agriculture industry into the future. Now is....More
in Road Warrior Aug 18, 2015

Best risk-management tools for agriculture operations

good risk management should be a number of strategies implemented in various combinations to mitigate risk for specific business needs. Often, a....More
in Road Warrior Aug 10, 2015

Know your farm operation costs

Knowing your cost of production is essential to operating a sustainable business. Therefore, the ability to determine your cost is extremely....More
in Road Warrior Aug 05, 2015

Margins, cash rents and land values

In my travels conducting seminars, speeches and schools, margins, cash rents and land values appear to be major questions for people connected with....More
in Road Warrior Jul 27, 2015

Perspective on the lending industry

Today’s producers face squeezed margins and immense industry change; some voluntary and some not. The lender sitting on the other side of the desk....More
in Road Warrior Jul 21, 2015

Farm management strategies for tough economic times

Economic health and viability are at the forefront for many involved in today’s agriculture industry. While some may prefer to just eat ice cream....More
in Road Warrior Jul 14, 2015

Ag lender transition

Agriculture is in a time of transition that will affect assets, operations and people. The ag lending industry, however, is also in a time of....More
in Road Warrior Jul 07, 2015

State of the U.S. ag economy: Energy, row crops, consumer sentiment

Overall, the United States economy at halftime will grade out strong for the coasts and in the southern part of the country. Weather will of course,....More
in Road Warrior Jun 30, 2015

Surviving an economic downturn in the agriculture industry

While difficult, decisions of restraint during the super cycle of profits put producers at an advantage going into this economic downturn. Many of....More
in Road Warrior Jun 23, 2015

Agriculture super-cycles are not the norm

A long term trend cannot be determined by two year periods prior or post; nevertheless, adjustments in profit levels appear to be settling in. Multi-....More

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