• Nov 29, 2016

    Four cornerstones of management

    It's the time of the year to examine your farming operation. What is working What isn't working and how can the four corners of management impact the farm....More
  • Nov 28, 2016

    Setting up flexible lease agreements

    Flexible lease agreements can hold benefits for both the producer and the landlord including continuous modifications based on the what inputs are costing and how the market is performing....More
  • Nov 22, 2016
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    AgCompass aids collaboration on critical business decisions

    Editor’s Note: Briefing Room is where we run press releases from companies unedited, for your use. With commodity prices falling, already tight operating margins may become even tighter, increasing the need for farm partners to keep an eye on their operating expenses. One solution that many producers have turned to is remote hosting of their software so that all the farm partners can be on the same page when making critical business decisions. AgCompass provides reliable U.S.-based software hosting to producers and CPA firms....More
  • Nov 22, 2016

    First time goal-setting

    When it comes to business goals, everyone with a stake in the farm should make goals for it....More
  • Nov 21, 2016

    Invest in data decisions

    Plan to join the Corn and Soybean Digest Staff along with the staff of Farm Futures for the inaugural "The Ag Data Conference" at the end of November....More
  • Nov 8, 2016

    Will farmland value fall or climb?

    Farmers have to remember the value of land is not just production. It can include water, minerals or oil which impacts the value....More
  • Nov 7, 2016

    Care for enterprise budgets

    With today’s tight margins and increased volatility, a good case can be made for separate enterprise budgets....More
  • Nov 7, 2016

    Caution advised on high rental rates

    Analysts are urging producers to reconsider paying high rental fees for land. A good year of crops and insurance payouts does not mean it's time for a rent increase....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.


Which inputs will you cut back in 2016?

Prices are still low, and inputs still haven't met the drop. This may lead farmers to cut inputs in 2016. We'd like to know, compared to your 2015 input expenses, where do you plan to cut the most for 2016? Will you cut back most on fertilizer? Seed? Herbicide? Will you cut across the board? Or, will you stick with 2015 cost levels? Feel free to leave a comment about your choices below!


How would $700 million dollars impact your farm?

The Powerball jackpot is going to be around $1.4 billion for the Jan. 13 drawing. ONE-POINT-FOUR BILLION DOLLARS. That's seriously life-changing. Even if you took the lump sum option, which will probably be around $900 million. Not a bad paycheck. How would winning something like that impact your farm? Would you buy more land? Hire people to run your farm? Or just pack up and leave it all behind? Have a little fun and take our latest poll! Feel free to comment with more options of spending your millions.

Will you cut crop insurance to save costs?

Low corn prices. Low soybean prices. Cut costs. Save money. We've been reading these headlines a lot over the past months. And they don't seem to be going away. But what's coming up is the deadline for choosing crop insurance. Given low prices and cost cutting, will you cut crop insurance in order to save some money this year? Take our latest poll and let us know. Feel free to comment your thoughts below!

Should GMOs be labeled?

Recently, some major food companies have decided to label GMOs in their food products (but not because they believe GMO products are unsafe). The state of Vermont has chosen to label GMO foods, too. In light of these decisions, we'd like to know: Do you think GMO labeling is necessary? Should this be a federal issue? State issue? Or is GMO labeling just not necessary? Feel free to leave your comments below!


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