• Nov 24, 2015

    Potential recalculation of ARC-CO payments

    Farm operators who have had their 2014 ARC-CO payments negatively affected by the choice of their FSA administrative county have until Feb. 1, 2016, to request FSA to re-calculate their 2014 FSA payments on the basis of the physical location of each FSA farm unit....More
  • Nov 24, 2015

    Regulators’ impact on ag lenders

    The wildcard in this economic reset will not be your lender, the agribusiness industry, or government response; it is the regulator. Like many others in the industry, regulators are readying for headlines and stories of economic stress within various commodity groups. Their reaction to these headlines, however, will largely determine the ability of an individual producer or agribusiness to successfully obtain credit....More
  • Nov 17, 2015

    Lessons to learn from business closures outside of agriculture

    As the agriculture industry continues to reset, these stories should command particular attention. Changing trends and lack of accurate financials have the ability to shut down your profits. Business planning, monitoring and execution hold great power in your business success....More
  • Nov 11, 2015

    We’re 75, but not your grandfather’s magazine 1

    It’s time to party. The best reason for this -- harvest is over (or almost in some cases). Second best reason, at least in our case, is that our brand, Corn+Soybean Digest, is 75 years young this month....More
  • Nov 10, 2015

    How is the financial status of your farm business? 1

    In agriculture, negative margins and declining asset values place many producers in this same financial mindset. What are some of the key items you need to review in your historical financial information? Approaching your examination from your lender’s perspective will help you be prepared....More
  • Nov 10, 2015

    Caution advised on high land rental rates

    Two factors are leading some farm operators to be overly optimistic about crop income expectations for 2016, and is also resulting in some landlords being unwilling to reduce high cash rental rates for the 2016 crop year....More
  • Nov 3, 2015

    Financial ratios for ag operations

    Producers who manage for profit and sustainability should use ratios to measure performance. Then, identify the source of any problems and proactively develop strategies for solutions....More

Will you back out of land rent contracts this year?

Rencently, Reuters published a story about farmers backing out of land rent contracts. Corn and soybean prices are below break-even levels, inputs haven’t come down much, and penciling a profit may be tough for some farmers in 2015. We’d like to know: Will you cancel some land rent contracts due to costs this year? Are you considering it? Or is losing land not an option for your farm? Take our latest poll and let us know. And leave a comment with your thoughts on land rents and prices and how that will impact your operation. Also, read more about this issue in a recent story we published.


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