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    Aug 31, 2015
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    Advice for new ag lenders

    Increasingly, new lenders will be less familiar with agriculture and farm backgrounds. Further, expect individuals from varied backgrounds, national origins as well as perspectives to enter agricultural lending....More
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    Aug 31, 2015
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    2014 ARC-CO payments likely

    It appears highly likely that many crop producers in Minnesota and northern Iowa who are enrolled in the county yield-based Ag Risk Coverage (ARC-CO) farm program choice on their corn base acres will earn a significant farm program payment for the 2014 crop year....More
  • Aug 28, 2015
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    Is there still a bullish corn card to be played?

    Corn continues to trade inside a tight 10ยข range. U.S. exporters were happy to see better than expected weekly corn sales, but there is still talk of traditional buyers like South Korea going to Brazil for supply....More
  • Aug 25, 2015
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    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 the time to mentor these young leaders and give them the tools they need to succeed professionally and individually....More
  • Aug 21, 2015
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    After a rough week for soybeans, is the low price in?

    Soybeans continue to trade toward the low end of their range. The bulls are talking about the possibility of an additional 1 million acre reduction in U.S. harvested acreage and that U.S. exports to China might be picking up out of both the Gulf and the PNW....More
  • Aug 18, 2015
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    Corn acreage estimates continue to be disputed

    Corn continues to show mixed tendencies as the initial FSA numbers and private crop tours leave more uncertainty and ambiguity than solid definitive answers....More
  • Aug 18, 2015
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    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 business manager imagines one silver bullet that will magically address all needs in the operation. Unfortunately, there is no single tool that effective....More
  • Aug 14, 2015
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    What's next for the soybean market?

    Soybean bulls, similar to corn, are having a tough time digesting what appears to be an overly optimistic yield estimate by the USDA. The bulls are also questioning what they believe is a very conservative adjustment to harvested acres....More

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