Apr 11, 2014

Do corn bulls have the upper hand?

Corn bulls look to weather, demand and acreage for higher prices....More
Apr 09, 2014

American farmers and sustainability: You don’t want to hear this

I just talked to a very sharp large progressive producer fresh off a plane from Brazil, concerned that his fellow American farmers “don’t get” food companies’ sustainability emphasis....More
Apr 15, 2014

Farm custom rates increasing in 2014

As has been the trend in recent years, average 2014 custom rates for farm work are likely to show a small increase, compared to 2013 custom rates. Most custom rates for farm work in 2014 are listed at 4-7% above the rates for similar operations in 2013, with an average increase of about 5%....More
Apr 04, 2014

Use mobile app calculators for seeding rates, input break-even costs

Do you know the optimal seeding rate for a return on your dollar, as well as break-even costs for input use? Our Extreme Beans mobile app gives you the numbers you need to know with easy-to-use calculators! Download the mobile app before you hit the field this spring....More
Apr 15, 2014

Ag lender perspectives: transition, interest rates, land values

Interest rates, land values and cash flow are top of mind topics in the agricultural world. Expect ag lenders to financially shock test your cash flow statement for a 1%, 2% and 3% rise in variable interest rates. Lenders will be much more conservative now when lending against land values particularly in the red-hot land markets of the....More
Feb 12, 2014

Agriculture pushing for GMO label? Really.

I almost fell out of my chair in shock yesterday when I read an email proclaiming that all the big ag commodity groups and food groups had formed a new group (Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, in support of a federal solution to GMO labeling. Wow. That is cool. I think. If they can pull it off – and make the FDA....More

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