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  • Jun 29, 2016
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    Soybean prices remain extremely volatile

    The soybean market is extremely uncertain about a number of important headlines, both international and domestic, from South America acreage to U.S. planting, La Niña and exports. I have to imagine we will see extreme price swings during the next 60 days....More
  • Jun 28, 2016
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    Mid-year ag review: Profits, millennials, land values and ag lending

    As we look back over the year thus far, agriculture continues to face various challenges in many different areas. From regulations to input costs, and generational transition to strategic business plans, producers must continue to address the important issues, not just the urgent. What will happen in the remaining months of the 2016? Well, only time will tell but as the old adage says, “Hope for the best and plan for the worst.”...More
  • Jun 28, 2016
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    2015 ARC-CO payment estimates decline

    Farmers who had 2015 corn and soybean yields higher than benchmark, but were still scheduled to receive an ARC-CO payment, will likely see reduced amounts, compared to earlier estimates....More
  • Jun 24, 2016
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    Britain's fallout is impacting soybean prices 1

    Soybeans, similar to corn, are feeling the fallout from commodities across the board being pressured by the British fallout and the strength of the U.S. dollar. The bulls have been backpedaling aggressively all week, as prices are now down close to $1 per bushel from last week's high....More
  • Jun 21, 2016
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    Do NOT cash in your retirement account

    At a recent women’s conference on agriculture, I received several questions about cashing out retirement accounts. One woman's husband suggested cashing it in in order to purchase additional land that would generate higher returns than an investment account. In short, my answer was, “No! No! No!”...More

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