Jul 29, 2014

Will weather and money flow support corn prices? 1

There is a huge amount of dry powder on the side line to push prices higher if the weather can provide some questions on the way to the finish line. Even with the cooler temps and limited moisture going into the final stages of corn production, yields could see some of the top knocked off and support prices....More
Jul 29, 2014

Back to the Future, Part 3: Interest rates now vs. 1980s 1

It is not only today’s low interest rates, but the fact that there has been little movement in rates over almost a half a decade which is interesting. The accommodative Federal Reserve, attempting to stimulate the general economy, has, in turn, stimulated the agriculture and rural economy, putting it on steroids with extreme appreciation in farmland values and a depressed dollar, which has been very beneficial to agricultural export markets....More
Jul 29, 2014

Challenges remain for the 2014 corn, soybean crops in upper Corn Belt 1

Crop conditions across much the Midwest have been quite favorable through most of the growing season until late July, especially in the high-producing corn and soybean production states of Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, as well as other adjoining states....More
Jul 25, 2014

Ideas you can use to reduce risk 1

As a farmer, how do you reduce risk? Ideas to accomplish that include: planting offensive and defensive hybrids and planning for multiple alternate future scenarios. Take some time to think about how you might react to reduced rail transportation, expanded GMO bans, an increase in the grain supply outside of the U.S....More
Jul. 25, 2014

Will pest pressure and commodity prices affect treatment choices?

Are you fighting any insects or disease? And given lower commodity prices, will you invest in any treatments? Take our latest poll and let us know if levels are a concern and if you'll treat them. Leave comments with pests you're seeing and what treatment options you're considering, along with your location....More
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