In the 5 ag stories to read this week, see the value in pre-emergence herbicide control of Palmer Amaranth, and learn the value of nitrogen available in spring-applied manure. Read a letter to congress asking for a science-based food labeling standard and get a list of mobile apps to help you on the farm this spring. Finally, enjoy streaming the movie Farmland on Netflix!
We will continue to strive, as an information provider, to present you with good examples that help you make the most of your 40 chances. As Howard wrote in his book, “You’ve learned from your mistakes, but I’d guess that none of you feel you can afford to take a single year left on your string for granted.” We wholeheartedly agree....More
In an environment of reduced prices and relatively high costs, the financials can quickly get out of hand if they are not analyzed and monitored. As producers look to diversify or shift enterprises, penciling out possible outcomes is critical upfront....More
The deadly H5N2 virus, or avian flu virus (bird flu), was first detected in Minnesota in early March, but is now having an ever-increasing negative economic impact on Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and other Midwestern states....More
My newsfeed on Facebook has been cluttered with stories about Chipotle going non-GMO. The fact that they're doing that is their choice. Whatever. What upsets me is that they don't share with their consumers that the majority of their ingredients aren't GMO products to begin with!...More
Best management practices are hot topics inside and outside of agriculture. Have you ever wondered how you stack up as an agriculture producer? This year’s group survey at TEPAP results exhibited three potential weaknesses given the current agricultural economy which is transition....More
This is becoming the trans-pacific year, says Sterling Liddell, vice president, food and agribusiness research, Rabo Agrifinance. "It offers a lot of opportunity to sell into those markets. This area is very important for the future of exports."...More
In my road warrior travels interacting with producers and agribusiness leaders, there is much discussion concerning oil prices and other economic variables that seem to provide a surprise around every corner. A question from one producer was, “How is oil connected to up to 80% of farm and ranch expenses and potential revenue?”...More
A “kiss of death” to businesses is bringing the younger generation into the business on a manager’s salary, but with hired employee work or skill sets. This principle is accentuated in a volatile economic climate....More
Handling employee issues in a farm business, particularly a family-run farm business, is tricky. Sometimes, a meeting is a better choice than an email. But treating all employees like employees, and not family, is a must....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.