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  • Apr 29, 2016
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    Save the whales…I mean nutrients

    I haven’t lost my marbles and started cruising the high seas on a Greenpeace ship. However, I did accept an invitation to meet with an environmental group during Commodity Classic....More
  • Apr 29, 2016
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    Will higher soybean prices stick around long enough to make some sales?

    Soybean producers were given another opportunity to reduce risk as the market traded back near recent highs. As a producer I've been able to reduce a lot of our new-crop production risk on the recent run-up in price. Now I want to wait and see if any of these dominos fall in the right direction before making my next move....More
  • Apr 26, 2016
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    2016 Custom farming agreements: Rates advantages and agreement basics

    Although the concept of a custom farming agreement is simple, close communication between the custom operator and the landowner is essential. A written contract for the custom farming agreement should definitely be prepared....More
  • Apr 26, 2016
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    Farmers must manage variable and fixed costs in 2016

    Yes, costs do lag prices in decline, but they are resetting. In the meantime, producers must cover variable and fixed expenses in order to continue daily operations and management....More
  • Apr 26, 2016
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    Why will the soybean rally hang around?

    From a bullish, technical perspective I would like to see the new-crop contract continue to close above the $9.70 level, providing us hope that would could eventually see another nearby leg higher....More
  • Apr 22, 2016
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    Can bulls keep the weather premium in the corn market?

    Corn bulls say upcoming rounds of wet weather in the U.S. might delay planting in some key production areas and should be considered for a bullish price. Bears say the weather is nearly perfect for recently planted seed and the overall planting pace shouldn't be negatively impacted....More
  • Apr 19, 2016
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    South America weather, politics push soybean prices higher

    As both a producer and a spec, I have to imagine if we begin to see more business coming back to U.S. exporters for meal the trade will again start to add more risk premium. Until then the trade appears on hold preferring to take a "wait-and-see" approach in regard to South American weather and political uncertainty....More
  • Apr 19, 2016
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    Q+A with David Kohl: Lending, farm transition, ROI, land prices

    Road Warrior David Kohl answers your questions about the lending landscape, farm transition, land values and return on investment, offering this advice: Even with suppressed prices and volatile markets, experience mixed with a good manager can help an agricultural business successfully compete in today’s economic environment....More
  • Apr 15, 2016
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    Corn prices facing technical hurdles

    Corn bulls are hoping to see the market pulled higher by talk of possible production hiccups with Brazil's second-crop corn and complications with the Argentine harvest. U.S corn exports have been strong lately, but bears are quick to point out the glut of supply the Chinese government wants to aggressively liquidate....More

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